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EarShot: China – U.S. Composers Project Emerging Composers Competition
May 31 – June 3, 2016
Beijing Concert Hall, Beijing China
Eos Repertoire Orchestra
Yong Yan Hu, conductor
Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 11:59pm (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time)
Friday, April 1, 2016 at 11:59am (Beijing Time)
The Beijing Modern Music Festival, American Composers Orchestra, and EarShot announce the first China – U.S. Composers Project Emerging Composers Competition. The Competition will be held at Beijing Concert Hall, May 31 – June 3, 2016 with Eos Repertoire Orchestra, Yong Yan Hu, conductor.
The Competition is open to composers who are Chinese citizens residing anywhere in the world, and composers of Chinese-American descent who are U.S. citizens or non-citizens lawfully and permanently residing or studying full-time in the United States. Up to six composers will be selected. Applicants must apply online.
The Competition includes four days of intensive readings, rehearsals and workshop sessions, and culminates in a free public performance of the selected works. Feedback will be provided by the conductor and principal musicians from the orchestra, as well as a distinguished panel of mentor-composers including Xiaogang Ye, Sola Liu, John Corigliano, Robert Beaser (ACO Artistic Director Laureate & Chair of Composition at The Juilliard School) and Chen Yi (ACO Artistic Advisor & Distinguished Professor of Composition, University of Missouri-Kansas City). Danbu Chen (Director of YCP Beijing Modern Program), Xia Guan (Director, China National Symphony Orchestra), Liguang Wang (President, China Conservatory) will also be present as contributors.
One composer will be selected for the Competition Grand Prize, an honor that includes the U.S. premiere performance of the winning piece by American Composers Orchestra in New York City as part of a major festival of Chinese and Chinese-American composers music. The selected composer will be invited to New York as part of a delegation of composers participating in the festival.
All composers selected to participate in the Competition are responsible for delivering professional-quality score and parts. Composers will receive a recording of their work for archival and study purposes. Travel and accommodations will be provided.
The Competition coincides with the China-US People-to-People Exchange (CPE), and is part of the China-U.S. Composers Project, a multi-year initiative to develop mutual understanding and international friendships. The Project includes a series of Readings and Composer Competitions for emerging composers in China and the U.S. to introduce talented young composers from both countries and promote their work and careers; A major festival in New York City that brings together delegations of Chinese and American composers for performances and professional exchange; and concerts by American Composers Orchestra at the Beijing Modern Music Festival to introduce American composers to Chinese audiences.
About EOS Repertoire Orchestra
China’s Orchestra Academy at the Central Conservatory of Music, EOS Repertoire Orchestra was established in 2006. Its members have primarily been instructors and graduate students from the Orchestra Academy, musicians from professional orchestras in China and overseas and selected graduate students from the Orchestral Instruments Department of the Central Conservatory of Music. The EOS Repertoire Orchestra has performed ten seasons at the Beijing Concert Hall and four-six annual weekend concerts at Beijing’s National Centre of the Performing Arts. EOS has performed more than 70 works, including all the Mahler symphonies, film soundtracks, Peking Opera excerpts, rock music, multimedia concerts, and many compositions by contemporary composers.
About Beijing Modern Music Festival
The Beijing Modern Music Festival (BMMF) is regarded as the most influential modern musical event in China, and one of the most important modern music festivals in the world. BMMF is committed to disseminating modern music, promoting an international artistic and cultural communication as well as building a platform for young musicians. The Festival has organized over 400 concerts, nearly 100 lectures and master classes, and published a large number of academic books, scores, audio and video discs. Initiated by artistic director Mr. Xiaogang Ye, BMMF reinforces the bonds between art and society through music while retain its academic originality. Beijing Modern Music Festival is supported and sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture of the China.
About American Composers Orchestra & EarShot
American Composers Orchestra is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation, and promulgation of music by American composers. ACO also promotes exchange between the U.S. and other musical cultures. To date, ACO has performed music by 700 American composers, including over 300 world premieres and newly commissioned works. EarShot is a program of the American Composers Orchestra in collaboration with the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA. EarShot helps orchestras around the U.S. and the world to identify and support promising composers in the early stages of their careers. EarShot has produced dozens of Readings and Competitions, providing career-building exposure for over 100 composers.