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“Andrea Ceraso” ROME AWARD
 



 
“I cannot put a halt to my existence,
we all have a right and an obligation to make the best of life“
 
(Andrea Ceraso)
 
 


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We are thrilled to announce the winners of the first edition of the "Andrea Ceraso Rome Award" Composition Competition, organized by She Lives in collaboration with Eufonia Cultural Association.

The competition celebrates, and is in memory of, the young Conductor Andrea Ceraso, who passed away unexpectedly in May 2020. In both Rome and Italy, Andrea played an important role in highlighting the music of our time. He was the first artistic director of SHE LIVES and was a pillar of the Eufonia community. He conducted the Rome Youth Orchestra and was the founder and conductor of the Imago Sonora Ensemble, an instrumental group devoted to the dissemination of Contemporary and Twentieth-Century repertoire. He collaborated with some of the most important Roman institutions in the field: Nuova Consonanza, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Auditorium Parco della Musica.

Among 247 scores submitted from 44 countries*, which makes the "Andrea Ceraso Rome Award" the first Italian composition competition in terms of participants, the jury, chaired by Sidney Corbett and composed of Alessio Elia and Vincenzo De Filippo, has decreed, at its unquestionable judgment, the following result:

1 PRIZE: Alfredo De Vecchis - The Waters of Monkey Island (ITALY) - average mark 8,8/10
(1000 € + performance)

2 PRIZE: David Roche - Prayers of Method (UK) - average mark 7,8/10
(500 € + performance)

3 PRIZE: Drinor Zymberi - Refracted lights (ALBANIA/KOSOVO) - average mark 7,7/10
(performance)

The three pieces will be performed during the Eufonia Cultural Association concert season 2021/2022 in Rome.

We congratulate the winners and thank all the composers who took part in the competition!


*The pieces received were from the following countries (in alphabetical order): Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Iran, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.  

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WARNING FOR THE ANDREA CERASO ROME AWARD COMPOSITION COMPETITION
Due to the large number of scores received, the jury decided to postdate the announcement of the winners in order to have more time to scrupulously analyze the pieces.
The results will be announced by August 15th.


THE FIRST COMPOSITION COMPETITION IN ITALY IN TERMS OF PARTICIPANTS!

We are thrilled to announce that the first edition of the "Premio di Roma Andrea Ceraso" Composition Competition has obtained an extraordinary result: 247 scores submitted from 44 countries! This makes it the first Italian competition in terms of participants, and among the very first internationally.  The pieces received are from the following countries (in alphabetical order): Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Iran, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.  This result was made possible thanks to a number of people and institutions, among which Associazione Culturale Eufonia —our partner in this endeavour— and its president Andrea Tagliaferri, its artistic director Claudio Cavallaro, our dear Saria Convertino, and Andrea's friends, Andrea Salvi, Massimo Spada, Angelo Magnifico, Fabiana Piersanti Rigano, Corinna Ricasoli (Archivitaly) and many others. But above all, this remarkable result was achieved by Andrea Ceraso himself: a special person and friend, and a talented professional who enjoyed the esteem of many musicians worldwide.  The jury, chaired by Sidney Corbett, and composed of Alessio Elia and Vincenzo De Filippo, is now busy evaluating the pieces. The winners will be announced by 15 July 2021. A heartfelt thanks goes out to all the composers who submitted and shared their works and to all those who made this happen.
 

COMPETITION REGULATION

SHE LIVES — the leading European musical association for promoting the dissemination of contemporary music— is honoured to announce the first edition of the ‘Andrea Ceraso’ Rome Award Composition Competition. This initiative is organised in collaboration with Eufonia, a Roman association committed to music appreciation since 2006.
 
The competition celebrates, and is in memory of, the young Conductor Andrea Ceraso, who passed away unexpectedly in May 2020. In both Rome and Italy, Andrea played an important role in highlighting the music of our time. He was the first artistic director of SHE LIVES and was a pillar of the Eufonia community. He conducted the Rome Youth Orchestra and was the founder and conductor of the Imago Sonora Ensemble, an instrumental group devoted to the dissemination of Contemporary and Twentieth-Century repertoire. He collaborated with some of the most important Roman institutions in the field: Nuova Consonanza, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Auditorium Parco della Musica.
 

SHE LIVES is a non-for-profit organisation. Since its establishment it has had the privilege of working with internationally acclaimed artists such as Peter Eötvös, Lasse Thoresen and Sidney Corbett, as well globally renowned institutions, including the Solisti della Scala di Milano, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Accademia Chigiana di Siena, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, the Fondazione Scelsi, the Reale Ambasciata di Norvegia, the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, the UMZE (the historic ensemble founded by Bartók), the Budapest Music Center, the LAC – Lugano Arte e Cultura, the Festival oggimusica, the Yamaha Concert Hall Wien, the Pro Helvetia, the Contemporary Art Festival Budapest, Warner Classics, and Naxos.
 

Eufonia is well known to the Roman audience via many popular music festivals, such as Giovaninconcerto, Vietato l’abito scuro!, Fiato ai Fiati contro la Fibrosi Cistica! and ClarinItaly. Eufonia has also proudly hosted famous internationally renowned Italian celebrities such as Renato Bruson, Gabriele Mirabassi, Calogero Palermo, and Corrado Giuffredi. Eufonia is also highly committed to the teaching of music. To this end, it offers young musicians the opportunity to follow their musical interests by offering over thirty courses. Among I Solisti di Eufonia’s various activities, the private concert held for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican deserves special mention.
 
 

COMPETITION REGULATION
 
1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities, without restrictions of gender, ideas, religious affiliation etc.
 
2. The competition theme is the composition of a piece involving at least one of the following instruments (from the solo instrument to the entire ensemble), including all the possible combinations (duo, trio, quartet, etc.).
The instruments available are (maximum instrumentation):
 
  • Piano – one player
  • Clarinet in Bb, in A, in  C (doubling Piccolo Clarinet in Eb, Bass Clarinet in Bb) – one player
  • Flute – descending to B  with open holes (doubling Piccolo, Bass Flute, Alto Flute in G) – one player
  • 2 Violins
  • 1 Viola
  • 1 Cello
 
3. Prepared piano, the use of electronics, and fixed media are allowed.
 
4. Live electronics are not allowed.
 
5. The duration of the piece must not exceed 15 minutes. There are no minimum duration limits.
 
6. The piece may have already been performed, published, and awarded in competitions other than those organized by the She Lives association.
 
7. There are no style limitations. The jury will evaluate the musical quality and originality of the writing.

8. The piece can be written with a notational programme (Sibelius, Finale, etc.) as well as handwritten as long as it is clearly legible.
 
 

AWARDS
 
Prize fund: 3000 euro
 
First Prize (Winner): 1000 euro + performance* + portfolio (i.e., composer’s personal page) on the She Lives website.
  • Potential bonus Excellence Prize for the winner: an additional 1000 euro and Excellence Prize will be awarded should the average score exceed 9 points out of 10.
 
Second Prize: 500 euro + performance* + portfolio (i.e., composer’s personal page) on the She Lives website.
  • Potential bonus Distinction Prize for second place: an additional 300 euro and Distinction Prize, will be awarded should the average score exceed 8.5 points out of 10
 
Third Prize: performance* + portfolio (i.e., composer’s personal page) on the She Lives website.
  • Potential bonus Recognition Prize for third place: an additional 200 euro and Recognition Prize, will be awarded should the average score exceed 8 points out of 10.
 
*The winning compositions shall be performed in the 2021/2022 Eufonia Association concert season.
 
 
DEADLINE
June 15, 2021 (23:59 Rome time)
 
 
PARTICIPATION FEE
The competition participation fee is of 55 euros for the first piece submitted.
 
The proceeds from the competition will be employed for initiatives aimed at enhancing the figure of Andrea Ceraso, supporting those activities that have animated his human and artistic path, including charity activities.
 
Each composer can participate in the competition with a maximum of 5 pieces (first piece + 4 others). A sum of 25 Euros will be paid for each additional piece.
 
For clarity, the following are the participation fees in relation to the number of compositions sent.
 
1 piece: 55 Euros
2 pieces: 80 Euros
3 pieces: 105 Euros
4 pieces: 130 Euros
5 pieces: 155 Euros
 
The participation fee can be paid either via PayPal or by bank transfer:
 
For PayPal – click on the link below and set the fee (choose the language at the bottom right of the PayPal page – Italian or English)
or
 
Bank transfer:
 
Associazione SHE LIVES
 
IBAN: IT70D0306909606100000131702
 
BIC CODE: BCITITMM
 
BANK NAME: INTESA SAN PAOLO SPA, Milano.
 
SHE LIVES ADDRESS: Piazza della Libertà 20, 00192 – Roma (Italy)
 
 

JURY
Sidney Corbett, composer, professor at the University of Performing Art in Mannheim – President of the jury (Usa / Germany)
 
Alessio Elia, composer (Italy / Hungary)
 
Vincenzo De Filippo, composer and conductor (Italy)
 
 

PARTICIPATION
Send an email to info@shelivesmusic.it with the header ANDREA CERASO ROME AWARD
Attach the following documents to the email:
 
1) Score(s) in pdf. The piece must be anonymous. Only the title of the piece must appear on the score. It is possible to send handwritten pieces but they must be clearly legible.
2) Short biography of the composer.
3) Commentary on the piece(s) (NOT mandatory).
4) mp3 of the audio recording, if any (NOT mandatory).
5) Receipt of payment or screenshot of the payment of the participation fee,
6) Application form (download it by clicking on the image in this page: Andrea Ceraso ROME AWARD APPLICATION FORM
 
Applications for participation and the relative registration fees must be sent by 23:59 (Rome time) of 15 June 2021. Registrations and payments received after this date will not be considered. The winning works will be announced by 15 July 2021. The jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. The results will be announced on our website and through our social media platforms, as well as through private emails. The participation fee is non-refundable.
By participating in the competition you accept all the rules that determine it and the processing of personal data in accordance with the current European regulations.
 
 

LEGACY
The proceeds from the competition will be employed for initiatives aimed at enhancing the figure of Andrea Ceraso, supporting those activities that have animated his human and artistic path, including charity activities.
 
 
For further information, write to: info@shelivesmusic.it

English translation by Archivitaly, a company providing research and publication services for the Arts and Humanities.
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