2008 Nancy Van de Vate International Composition Prize for Opera

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Vienna Masterworks is pleased to announce that the 2008 Nancy Van de Vate International Composition Prize for Opera has been awarded to

Yiguo Yan

for her work, Mirror, composed in 2007. A chamber opera, for which the composer did her own libretto, Mirror is scored for Peking tenor, soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, and percussion. The prize is $1,000 and publication of the winning work.

Yiguo Yan was born in China in 1989. She studied piano as a child and began composing in 2004. Three months later she was accepted by the Shanghai Music Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she studied composition with Yue Mian. In 2007 she entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, studying composition with Professor Ly Huang, and in 2008 she came to the Mannes College of Music in New York, where she studies with David Loeb.

Yiguo Yan received several honors and awards before coming to the US: Honorable Mention for "Dusk of Hometown" at the 2005 Shanghai International Music Festival; First Prize for "Life is the Slave of Destiny" at the 2006 Shanghai Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition, and in 2007 Third Prize for "Heaven and Hell on the Top of Grass" from the Shanghai Conservatory's Composition Competition for Chinese instruments.

Three composers have also received Special Commendations for their outstanding works:

Veronica Krausas, born in Australia. now living in the USA, for The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth

Katarzyna Brochocka, born in Poland, now studying in the USA, for Happy Garden of Life

Marielli Sfakianaki of Greece for Ein Marchen aus Kreta

Entries were received from compOStTs of twelve different nationalities: presently living in nine countries on four continents: Countries of origin include Australia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The range of styles was very great and as in previous years, the level of imagination and compositional skill was extremely high. All scores and sound materials submitted to the competition will become part of the permanent collection of the Library of Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica in Rome.

December 9. 2008
Vienna, Austria