International Composers Competition for Young Composers

Result of the 28th IRINO PRIZE for Chamber Music, 2007

Irino Prize Winners

Evis-s composer Evis Sammoutis
(Cypriot,1979b, living in UK) 
title of work Echopraxia for string sextet
duration 17′
composed in 2006
Tomi-s composer Tomi RAISANEN
(Finnish , 1976b) 
title of work STHENO for recorder tubes, prepared guitar and tape
duration 7’30”
composed in 2006
composer Jasna Velickovic
(Serbian, 1974b, living in the Netherlands) 
title of work STRLKA for two pianos, harpsichord, harp, musical saw, cimbalom, accordion
duration 12′
composed in 2004

Evis Sammoutis, composer and guitarist, was born in Cyprus in 1979, where he had his first musical lessons at the age of six. By the age of sixteen, he had already obtained both the LRSM and the Performance and Teaching Diploma with distinction before moving to England in 1998 for university studies.
Upon graduation from the University of Hull with a first class degree (BMus) in all disciplines, he completed his PhD studies in Musical Composition at the University of York under the supervision of Dr Thomas Simaku. Evis has also furthered his studies at world-renowned festivals, seminars and workshops, including Darmstadt, IRCAM, Royaumont and Tanglewood as a composition fellow, working with leading composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Georges Aperghis, George Benjamin, Johannes Schollhorn and Augusta Read Thomas.

The Finnish composer Tomi Räisänen (b. 1976 in Finland) studied composition at the Sibelius Academy. Before entering the Academy he read music at the University of Helsinki studying musicology and composition. Räisänen completed his studies by participating in several international composition masterclasses, seminars and workshops. Since early 2000’s Räisänen’s list of works has rapidly grown and contains compositions from solo pieces to chamber and choral music, and includes orchestral pieces and concertos.
Räisänen’s music has been widely performed and broadcast in around 40 countries across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. In year 2007 Räisänen won the Irino Prize in Japan with his work “Stheno”. In year 2002 he was awarded with the 2nd prize in the international composition competition “2 Agosto” in Italy. He has also gained success in other composition competitions in Finland and Australia.

Jasna Veličković studied composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade with Srdjan Hofman then continued her postgraduate study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She studied with Louis Andriessen, Gilius van Bergeijk and Clarence Barlow. In 2004 she graduated with distinction.
Her works has been performed at festivals such as Gaudeamus Music Week, Holland Festival, Biennale Zagreb, A-devantgarde, Time of Music, Aspekte, Manca, Archipel Festival by ensembles such as Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble Aleph, Piano Possibile, Axyz, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Ear Massage, Ensemble MAE, Ensemble Klang, de Ereprijs, Dutch Radio Kamerorkest.

-The Result of the 28th IRINO PRIZE for Chamber Music, 2007-
We would like to inform you the result of the 28th Irino Prize, 2007.
The Selection Committee has been held on July 23, 2007 at the NPO JML Yoshiro Irino Institute of Music Tokyo.

Jury of this year:
Joji YUASA, Yori-Aki MATSUDAIRA, Masanori Fujita(Chairman), Satoshi TANAKA(Chairman),Takayuki RAI, Mari TAKANO, and Masahiro MIWA

Total of Entries: 126 Compositions, 32 Countries

Award: 300,000 Japanese yen (shared by three winners this year)


Chikage IMAI for his ‘Vectorial Projection I-bouncing ball-‘
(Japanese, 1979 b. in Nagoya, Japan, living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Reiko Takahashi IRINO, President
c/o NPO JML (Japan Music Life ) Yoshiro Irino Music Institute
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