After going through an early round in Stockholm and working with James Wood as a coach, Eugene Birman was appointed winner of the 2013 Tenso Young Composers Award among the 3 selected finalists. Read more here.
First and second rounds
Workshop leaders: composer/conductor James Wood (UK/DE) and composer Hans Koolmees (NL).
With the cooperation of Eric Ericsons Kammarkör (SE) under Fredrik Malmberg (SE).
First round, Stockholm, October 2012
Second round, Mechelen, 17 and 18 May 2013
For the first round, the jury selected the following five composers from a total of 48 applications:
Eugene Birman 1987 (LV/US – studies in EE/UK)
Mathias Coppens 1988 (BE – studies in FR )
Jamie Man 1987 (UK – studies in NL)
Mátyás Wettl 1987 (HU – studies in NL)
Chris Williams 1986 (AUS – studies in UK)
During two sessions, they worked on short pieces or fragments for a capella choir – have a look at the run-throughs of their pieces (vimeo):
Three finalists – Jamie Man, Mátyás Wettl and Eugene Birman were selected for the second round that took place in Mechelen (BE) during the Festival van Vlaanderen / Mechelen hoort stemmen Festival.
Listen to run-throughs of the three finalists :
Eugene Birman – Ah Liberta
Jamie Man – A sleep apart
Mátyás Wettl – Penetration ritual
Tenso Young Composers Workshop is organized with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and the Culture Programme of the European Union.