Remy Alexander receives Tera de Marez Oyens Award 2018 for composition Drifting
The award ceremony took place after the lunch time concert of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2018, on Friday September 7th. Drifting, for soprano and soprano saxophone is a piece that reflects on memory and losing one's memory. The text is the stream of consciousness of a person, represented by the soprano, whose failing memory makes her lose her identity. The decay as rendered through sentences that are suddenly cut off, and a consciousness that flows back and forth between memories and living in the present. When her mind is clear, the person is completely aware of the her state of mind.
The award committee appreciated Alexanders' approach of the text and silence, the equal treatment of the vocal and instrumental parts, and the beautiful performance by the soprano Rianne Wilbers and saxophonist Tom Sanderman. During his Masters' at the Tilburg Conservatoire, Remy Alexander (1991) took composition classes with Mayke Nas, Anthony Fiumara en Martijn Padding. The award is a commission (worth 2000 Euro) to write a short piece for a professional ensemble, that will be performed at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019.
The award committee also rewarded violinist Kees Hillhorst, with ''a special honorable mention'' for his excellent performance of the Solo Violin No.1 van Zacharias S. Falkenberg.
The Tera de Marez Oyens foundation was founded in 1998 and aims to encourage composers of contemporary music and to foster the public interest in the musical heritage of composer Tera de Marez Oyens. Since 2009 the Tera de Marez Oyens awards objective is to support recently graduated composition talents. The reward (worth €2.000) enables the composer to write a new short work, that will be premiered in the 2019 Gaudeamus Muziekweek. Former award winners were Rocco Havelaar (2000), Calliope Tsoupaki (2002), Natalia Dominguez Rangel (2009), Christiaan Richter (2011), Georgia Nicolaou en Jan Kuhr (gedeelde tweede prijs in 2016).
The 2018 award committee: David de Marez Oyens (chair), Claudia Rumondor, Vanessa Lann, Fie Schouten, Loes Visser and Shane Burmania
Remy Alexander (2018)
photographer: Anne-Maartje Lemereis
The Tera de Marez Oyens Foundation is pleased to announce a call for scores for the 2018 Tera de Marez Oyens award.
This year’s award is meant to bridge the gap between "music school" and "labour market”. The reward of €2.000 enables the composer to write a new short composition for a professional contemporary music ensemble, to be performed in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek of 2019.
The competition of 2018 is open to any graduate or early professional who fulfilled a bachelor or master’s degree in music at a Dutch music conservatory in 2016/17 or 2017/18. He or she must currently live in The Netherlands. The work must be part of your graduation project or another project that was created during your time at the music conservatory. All musical genres are included, electronic music as well as pieces with performance or improvised elements.
This year’s criteria are the general quality of work and score, originality, feasibility and a "public-oriented" power of expression, i.e. to engage the audience in a "story" or atmosphere.
Works will be evaluated by a jury of professional musicians and composers, presided by David de Marez Oyens. Three or four nominees will be invited to prepare a presentation of the selected work during a lunch time concert in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, on September 7th in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2018. Selected composers will be informed no later than July 13th. The award ceremony will take place directly after the concert in TivoliVredenburg.
When offering up your composition, please consider that only 10 minutes are available for each nominated work. If your piece is longer, it’s possible to present a movement of approximately that duration. The performance of nominated pieces will take place on a chamber music stage, and the composer is required to engage the musicians him or herself (there is no ensemble available).
How to participate?
Send an email letter with your motivation and contact details, and add: 1: a score (in PDF); 2: a sound file of the performance, preferably a weblink or MP3 [optional]; 3: a short introduction to the piece (max 1 A4); 4: a Curriculum Vitae (max 1 A4). The total application should not exceed the 20 MB limit.
When and where?
July, 16th 2018
Five compositions nominated for the Tera de Marez Oyens Award 2018
During the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2018 the Tera de Marez Oyens Award 2018 will be awarded. This year's award is meant to bridge the gap between "music school" and "labour market". The award is a commission (with a value of €2.000) to write a new short composition for a professional contemporary music ensemble, to be performed in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek of 2019.
Nominated pieces (in alphabetical order):
Boven hoge gebouwen, Celia Swart (Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag)
Drifting, voor sopraan en sopraan saxofoon, van Remy Alexander (Fontys, Tilburg)
Solo Violin nr. 1, Zacharias Falkenberg (Artez, Arnhem)
Suite in a mental space, part 1 and 2, Sara Zamboni (Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag)
Torrents and Streams, for mixed ensemble and laptops hidden in the audience, James Alexandropoulos – McEwan, (Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag)
The nominated pieces will be performed during the lunchtime concert at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, on September 7th 2018, 12.30 hrs., after which the award ceremony will take place.
The jury of the TDMO award 2018: Claudia Rumondor (composer) and Vanessa Lann (composer), Fie Schouten (musician), Loes Visser (conductor) and Shane Burmania (concert programmer). Chair: David de Marez Oyens.