first place howard kenty
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Howie Kenty is a Brooklyn-based composer and sound designer, occasionally known by his musical alter-ego, Hwarg. His music, called “remarkable” with “astonishing poetic power” by the International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica, is stylistically diverse, encompassing ideas from contemporary classical, electronic, rock, sound art, theatre, and everything in between. Throughout all of his creations runs the idea that the experience of a piece is more than listening to the music; there is a wholeness of vision and an awareness of environment that attempts to fully draw the audience into his works.
Howie's pieces have been presented at numerous international festivals and venues, including Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, International Computer Music Conference, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, The Stone, and le Poisson Rouge. Collaborators and performers include Kathy Supové, Todd Reynolds, Argento, the
UK Chinese Ensemble conducted by Aaron Cassidy, Kinan Azmeh and David Fulmer, TEMPO, Unheard-of//, and F-PLUS, among others. He has composed music and sound for experimental mixed-media productions including Twisted Roots' Die Hamletmaschine and Outlying Islands and Deconstructive Theatre Project's Searching for Sebald. His Scherzo; Dance. received an Honorary Mention in Prix Ars Electronica 2008, and his We Have Less Time Than You Think won a first prize commission at Shanghai Electronic Music Week 2013. After performing his An Impetuous Old Friend in the 2013 Concert Artist Guild Competition, PUBLIQuartet was awarded the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize and chosen as the New Music/New Places Ensemble. Recent awards include a 2017 Copland House residency, a 2018 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency, and composition competition winner for the 2018 Open Space Festival of New Music and 2018 RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Workshop.
Currently, Howie is a Graduate Council Fellow PhD composition student at Stony Brook University, where he studies with Matthew Barnson, Margaret Schedel, and Sheila Silver, and teaches music technology and theory. He plays guitar and composes in the progressive rock group The Benzene Ring, whose album Crossing the Divide was hailed as “a true masterpiece” and a “gorgeous piece of experimental rock/metal” (Recyclable Sounds; Progarchy).
Listen at www.hwarg.com
second place panayiotis kokoras
Panayiotis Kokoras is an internationally award-winning composer and computer music innovator, and currently an Associate Professor of composition and CEMI (Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia) director at the University of North Texas. Born in Greece, he studied classical guitar and composition in Athens, Greece and York, England; he taught for many years at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. Kokoras's sound compositions use sound as the only structural unit. His concept of "holophonic musical texture" describes his goal that each independent sound (phonos), contributes equally into the synthesis of the total (holos). In both instrumental and electroacoustic writing, his music calls upon a "virtuosity of sound," a hyper-idiomatic writing which emphasizes on the precise production of variable sound possibilities and the correct distinction between one timbre and another to convey the musical ideas and structure of the piece. His compositional output is also informed by musical research in Music Information Retrieval compositional strategies, Extended techniques, Tactile sound, Hyperidiomaticity, Robotics, Sound and Consciousness.
More information at www.panayiotiskokoras.com
third place joão pedro oliveira
João Pedro Oliveira completed a PhD in Music at the University of New York at Stony Brook. His music includes one chamber opera, several orchestral compositions, a Requiem, 3 string quartets, chamber music, solo instrumental music, electroacoustic music and experimental video. He has received over 50 international prizes and awards for his works, including three Prizes at Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition, the prestigious Magisterium Prize in the same competition, the Giga-Hertz Special Award, 1st Prize in Metamorphoses competition, 1st Prize in Yamaha-Visiones Sonoras Competition, 1st Prize in Musica Nova competition, etc.. He is Professor at Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and Aveiro University (Portugal). He published several articles in journals, and has written a book about analysis and 20th century music theory.
More information at www.jpoliveira.com