iSING! 2020 Composition Competition Results

The ten grand prize winning works for the first-ever iSING! Composition Competition, "Echoes from the Ancients - iSING! Offering Tang Poems to the World" are named after a week of deliberations by our distinguished panel of judges. We would like to thank the judges for their expertise and tireless dedication in adjudicating 46 well-crafted compositions by 23 finalists vying for the ten (10) $10,000 grand prizes:

 

Chair of the Jury:
XU Changjun, Chancellor of The Tianjin Juilliard School, President and Professor of Composition of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music

 

Judges (in alphabetical order):

Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music
Katherine Chu, Collaborative Piano Faculty, The Tianjin Juilliard School
HAO Weiya, Professor and Chair of Composition, Beijing Central Conservatory of Music
Mauro Montalbetti, composer and Artistic Director of the Cantiere di Montepulciano Festival
Thomas Rösner, conductor and Music Director of the Beethoven Orchestra of Vienna
Hao Jiang Tian, iSING! Artistic Director and celebrated bass

 

Our hearty congratulations go to:

Drinking Song 凉州词  

Conrad Asman

South Africa

 

 Enlisting 从军行

Nicholas Bentz

USA

Singing of Goose + Song of Snow 咏鹅+咏雪 

CHEN Tongyan 陈童言

China

Bamboo Shoots 竹枝词

Tomas Peire

Spain

Farewell on the Prairie 赋得古原草送別

SU Xiao  苏潇

China

Yellow Crane Tower 黄鹤楼

Roydon Hoi Chak Tse

Canada

 

Snow on the River 江雪

Cynthia Wong

USA

Quiet Thoughts By Night 静夜思

Sam Wu 吴承昊

Australia

Docking by Bridge at Night 枫桥夜泊

YE Leishuo 叶镭烁

China

To the Assistant Magistrate Han Chuo 寄扬州韩绰判官

ZHANG Jiao 张姣

China

 

*Listed in alphabetical order by last name

 

Each winning composition was set to a poem from the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD) chosen by the iSING! Festival. The world premiere of the compositions will take place in a specially conceived concert featuring iSING! International Young Artists Festival artists, to be announced at a later date.

Congratulations also go to the six (6) compositions earning the Honorable Mention Award, each receiving $2,000:

Singing of Goose + Song of Snow 咏鹅+咏雪

Jonathan Bell

France

 

Looking for Hermit 寻南溪常山道人隐居

Nicholas Bentz

USA

Sending Off Du Shaofu 送杜少府之任蜀州

Fernando Buide del Real

Spain

 

Up on the Crane Tower 登鹳雀楼

Evan Mack

USA

 

News of Victory 闻官军收河南河北

Evan Mack

USA

 

Farewell to Dong Da 别董大

WEI Cong 魏聪

 China