The Keuris Composers Contest takes place on a bi-yearly basis, in combination with the chambermusic oriented Tristan Keuris Kamermuziek Concours (Dutch). For the Keuris Composers Contest, composers from all over the world are invited to write compositions for symphony orchestra and ensemble.
Prize winners 2nd Keuris Composers Contest
during Final Concert May 21, 2016 in de Flint, Amersfoort, The Netherlands:
Keuris (1st) Prize € 1250: Jack Stone (United Kingdom , 1992) with Flight of Icarus
2nd Prize € 750: Hu Xiao (China, 1957) with Native Style
3rd Prize € 500: YoungWoo Yoo (South Korea, 1983) with Trio
Public Prize / Audience Award: Hu Xiao
Category Youth Symphony Orchestra
Keuris (1st) Prize € 1250: Alice Hong (United States, 1992) with Phoenix
2nd Prize € 750: Larry Tuttle (United States, 1955) with By Steam or by Dream
3rd Prize € 500: Danny de Graan (The Netherlands, 1973) with ZAP!
Public Prize / Audience Award: Alice Hong
led by Rolf Buijs
Maria Du Toit, clarinet
Joris van den Berg, cello
Henry Kelder, piano
The Keuris Competition invited composers of all ages and nationalities to take part at the 2nd Keuris Composers Contest with compositions for the youth. The task was to write challenging pieces, but at the same time accessible, not too difficult and playable for the youthful advanced amateur.
There are two categories:
1) youth symphony orchestra
2) ensemble, existing of clarinet, cello and piano
During the Final Concert on 21 May 2016 three selected pieces in each category will be performed by
1) Amersfoort Youth Orchestra led by Rolf Buijs. This orchestra is considered to be Dutch best youth orchestra for years.
2) Keuris Ensemble. For this occasion existing of Maria Du Toit, Joris van den Berg and Henry Kelder.
The musicians of the Keuris Ensemble will rotate with youthful prizewinners of the Keuris Audition Day. The young musicians will be coached by the professionals and they will rehearse together the selected compositions for the Final Concert. An unique experience.
For this 2nd editin 70 compositions were submitted. The composers came from all over the world: China, Japan, South-Korea, Iran, United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Chili, Russia, Latvia, Finland, Norway, Danmark, United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, Romania, Germany, France, Belgium and The Netherlands.
The youngest participant is 15 and the oldest 85 years old. Five composers sent two pieces and there are 50 male and 15 female composers. The organisation can´t give further information; at this moment the jury is judging the compositions. This will happen anonymously, there will be only looked at the quality of the composition without knowing the title of it or the identity of the composer.
Both the composition contest and the chambermusic focus on the interaction of young amateur players and professional musicians.
Tristan Keuris is one of the most recognized Dutch composers after 1950. The Keuris Composers Contest, based on the Keuris’ background and drive, takes place in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, where Tristan Keuris was born.