Andreas Tsiartis a winner in Discovering Young Composers of Europe
The objective of Discovering Young Composers of Europe (DYCE) Competition was to bring together the four regions of Europe (North, South, East, West) by inviting the composition students and alumni of all European Academies, Conservatories and Universities to submit a work. After over 140 submissions, 12 finalists were selected and their works were performed live on 28 April 2019 with the aim of selecting the four winners.
The four winners are: Juhani Vesikkala, Yiquing Zhu, João Ceitil and Andreas Tsiartas. Andreas is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik “Carl Maria von Weber” in Dresden, and is currently in his second year of a PhD in Composition at the University of York under the supervision of Dr Thomas Simaku.
In the final of the competition, Andreas Tsiartas’ composition PNOÉ for chamber ensemble was performed in Oslo by the Cikada Ensemble. As a result of his winning the DYCE competition, Andreas is now commissioned to write a new work for ensemble to be performed in Spring 2020 by the Divertimento Ensemble in Milan, ensemble Taller Sonoro in Seville, Ensemble U in Tallinn and the Cikada Ensemble in Oslo. This new piece will also be recorded for a CD along with the new works of the other three winners.
Following the success at the 2019 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) – World Music Days , Thomas Simaku’s most recent work, La Leggiadra Luna for mixed choir a cappella, has been broadcast by four European radio stations.
The Royal Philharmonic Society have announced the latest members of their prestigious Emerging Composers scheme, including Robin Haigh, currently studying for a PhD at York with Martin Suckling, and Joel Järventausta, a former York undergraduate.
Back in June Martin was invited to speak about Radulescu’s seminal solo viola piece Das Andere alongside violist Garth Knox at the Spectralisms conference in IRCAM.
Praise for Music Dept students featured in BBC Proms
Following on from his specially-commissioned Radio 3 takeover to extend the Last Night of the Proms 2018, Music Department PhD student Neil Luck was invited to contribute a live set as part of 2019’s first ‘Proms at…’ event. Joined by second year undergraduate Rebecca Burden and former student James McIlwrath, Neil masterminded three pieces in an event described by the Guardian as a ‘teasing, challenging new-music bill’. Proms at …
His work will be performed by a Grammy Award-winning ensemble
Thomas Simaku’s recent work, La Leggiadra Luna for mixed choir a cappella, has been selected by the international jury for performance at the 2019 ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) – World Music Days, which takes place in Estonia from 2 – 10 May.
Previously available on special sale and now in a beautifully produced new edition from Faber Music, these three exquisite miniatures – composed in 2009 and lasting a total of 5 minutes – are responses to the poetry of George Bruce.