27 05 2019

We are announcing the winners of the SYMPHOCHANCE & CHAMBERCHANCE competition!

Seven composers from Japan, Italy, Estonia and Lithuania presented their ideas for the competition. Composers’ proposals were evaluated by: cellist, Kaunas String Quartet Artistic Director Saulius Bartulis (Lithuania), saxophonist, research assistant Royal Conservatory Brussels (historical saxophone) Kurt Bertels (Belgium), contemporary classical composer, pianist and improviser Platons Buravickis (Latvia), pianist, Vytautas Magnus University associate professor Šviesė Čepliauskaitė (Lithuania), composer, professor dr. Antanas Kučinskas (Lithuania).

Linas Rupšlaukis won the highest score in the CHAMBERCHANCE category. Inspired by the Solar system’s interstellar object, the author of a future musical piece intends to create a composition Oumuamua (preliminary title) for the chamber ensemble. Because of the musical name of the asteroid and its composition Hawaiian compound words “oumuamua”, the author of the idea would use playable and singing fragments for the audio material of the work.

In the SYMPHOCHANCE category, composer Rytis Mažulis earned the highest score with the idea of ​​Ex Machina (preliminary title). The composer intends to combine the principles of a world-wide known repetitive music or minimalism with the features of Lithuanian mentality, archaic Lithuanian multipart songs and micro intervals.

We thank all the participants, members of the commission and congratulate the authors of the forthcoming musical pieces, whose premieres will be performed at the contemporary music festival “Iš ARTI” in November at Kaunas State Philharmonic. During the festival, the authors will receive prizes. Have a lighter way, bringing your ideas to a new musical piece!