AMIS Young Composers' Competition
This week, we received word that Thomas N. (ASP Class of 2020) was selected to receive the top prize in the 2020 Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) Young Composers' Competition. AMIS regularly holds contests across all facets of musical performance, and ASP's young musicians are often among the celebrated and prize-winning participants.
Thomas' Sonata for Flute and Piano Trio took home the top prize, following closely on his win from 2019, where he was selected as a co-winner for his composition Charybde et Scylla.
The Contest Coordinator, Melanie Ward, from the International School Rotterdam shared her reflections on the piece when the award was announced:
The judging team was impressed by the cohesive structure of this piece, as an exploration of sonata form, and its evidence of highly-developed theoretical and practical musical understanding. The piece displays exceptional melodic and harmonic exploration, highly-detailed performance instructions, and colourful and challenging orchestration. This is a very well-conceived and imaginatively executed work.
Thomas was not the only ASP student to be recognized by the panel, who similarly designated the string quintet A Trio of Winters, composed by ASP's own Jonathan L., as Highly Commended.
You can view the scores and listen to Thomas and Jonathan's compositions on the AMIS Young Composers Contest page.
Congratulations to Thomas and Jonathan!