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Call for Scores 2017 Winner Announced!

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Congratulations to Steven Snowden, winner of our 2017 Call for Scores! Steven's quartet, Appalachian Polaroids, is a striking single-movement work that draws inspiration from folk songs and fiddling of Appalachia and incorporates a 1976 field recording of Sheila Kay Adams singing Black is the Color in Asheville, NC. To learn more about Steven, you can read a brief bio below.

We would also like to recognize two Finalists:

  • Tyler Capp - "Paramnesia"
  • Robert A. Baker - "motion/less"

We were completely blown away by the enthusiastic response to our second call for scores, and we received 223 individual works for string quartet! While the U.S. was represented by the vast majority of submissions, other participants hailed from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Iran, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine and the U.K.

Steven Snowden's Appalachian Polaroids will receive:

  • two performances of the work in the spring of 2018:

March 31
Western Piedmont Symphony Chamber Classics
Hickory, NC

April 8
Hendersonville Chamber Music
Hendersonville, NC

  • a professionally produced live recording of the performance
  • a $500 honorarium
Photo by Elisa Ferrari

Photo by Elisa Ferrari

About the winner:

The music of Steven Snowden has been described as “Beguiling… combining force with clarity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “Wonderfully dynamic” (Interlude Hong Kong), “Rustic, red-blooded” (New Music Box), “Marvelously evocative”, (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and “The most wildly intriguing sight and sound I have experienced at a concert” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer). Writing music for dance, theater, multi-media installations, and the concert stage, his work often deals with concepts of memory, nostalgia, and the cyclic nature of historical events as they pertain to modern society. While his musical influences are deeply rooted in bluegrass, folk, and rock, he utilizes non-traditional techniques and processes to compose works that don’t squarely align with any single genre or style.

A native of the Ozarks countryside, he began studies in music composition in 2002 and received degrees from Missouri State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Texas at Austin. In 2012-2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal, researching the implementation of motion tracking technology as a means to facilitate collaboration between music and dance. In 2013-2014, he was a visiting professor and composer in residence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is the co-founder/director of the Fast Forward Austin Music Festival.  He currently works as a freelance composer in Boston and is on an eternal quest to make the perfect breakfast taco.

www.stevensnowden.com

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Summer Recap

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Summer Recap

As we approach the start of a new concert season, we thought we'd share a few highlights from this summer's activities. In June, we spent a week at Stanford University as part of the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar. We had a great time performing with the St. Lawrence Quartet in a Sinfonia by CPE Bach and the Mendelssohn Octet, and we had the opportunity to work with the wonderful Osvaldo Golijov, whose Tenebrae we'll be performing later this season. We're looking forward to returning to Stanford this fall for a residency in their Emerging String Quartet Program.

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Call for Scores 2016 Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Christopher Adler, winner of our Call for Scores 2016! Christopher's String Quartet is a wonderful three-movement work that explores and combines various musical traditions from Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Albania and northern Europe. To learn more about Christopher, you can read a brief bio below.

We would also like to recognize four Finalists:

  • Jean-Patrick Besingrand - "A Whisper from Space"
  • Gianluca Casteilli - "Mythoi"
  • Alison Yun-Fei Jiang - "Birds, Reincarnate"
  • Max Vinetz - "Permeable Surfaces"

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Tesla Quartet takes multiple prizes at 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition

After performing eight string quartets in five rounds over seven days, we are extremely honored (and exhausted...) to announce that we are the 2nd Prize Winners of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition! In addition to our overall prize, we won the R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize for the best performance of a Haydn quartet and the Canadian Commission Prize for the best performance of Zosha di Castri's String Quartet No. 1. Our prize also includes a fully funded future residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

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