Results: AMS Call for Scores – New Compositions

We have received a total of 165 submissions from 27 countries and were impressed by the variety of influences and cultures that this contest managed to attract. While proud of this achievement, we are adamant on continuing our mission and hopeful to eventually be able to include every single country in the world.

We are proud to announce the results of our Call for Scores – New Compositions, which we have unveiled earlier this year. Our judges were impressed by the level of applicants and wished that more spots could have been awarded.

The following works have been selected:

States of Matter (Halmazállapot-változások)

by Dobri Dániel

Shades of Rain—I.Cloudburst II.Petrichor

by Angela Elizabeth Slater

Starscape

by Roydon Tse

Northampton’s little chilango

by Eric Estrada Valadez

Canzone Sospesa

by David Lancaster

Panelists

Nina Šenk, chair

Nina Šenk continued her postgraduate studies in composition at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden under the mentorship of Lothar Voigtländer after completing her studies in composition and music theory at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana in the class of Pavel Mihelčič. In 2008, she completed her master’s studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich in the class of Matthias Pintscher. In 2017, she received the Prešeren Fund Award. Since 2019, she has been an assistant professor in the field of composition, and in the same year, she became the youngest (associate) member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU). In 2022, she also received the Austrian Johann Joseph Fux Award for her opera work “Canvas” based on the literary proposal of Simona Semenič, impressing the jury with her other works as well. In 2024, Nina Šenk was awarded the Erste Bank Composition Prize 2024, one of the most prestigious awards in contemporary music. According to the jury, the composer is distinguished by “a high level of virtuosity in dealing with form and musical architecture.”

Her compositions have been performed at major festivals at home and abroad (BBC Proms, New York Philharmonic Biennial, Salzburg Festival, Young Euro Classic Berlin, Kassel Music Days, Musica Viva München, Frankfurt Positions, Weimar Spring Days, Heidelberg Spring, Takefu Festival (Japan), Ljubljana Festival, Slowind Festival, Slovenian Music Days, World Music Days, World Saxophone Congress, etc.) and in concerts worldwide with various orchestras and ensembles (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Berlin German Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Maribor SNG Symphony Orchestra, Intercontemporain Ensemble, Modern Ensemble, Klangforum, Musikfabrik, Scharoun, Mosaik, Riot, Concorde, London Sinfonietta, Slowind Wind Quintet, etc.).

Ofer Canetti

Acclaimed Israeli cellist Ofer Canetti has garnered recognition both nationally and internationally for his exceptional talent and artistry. Beginning his musical journey in Israel, he swiftly rose to prominence, captivating audiences in prestigious concert halls and earning national prizes and grants by the age of 20. He furthered his education across Israel, Germany, and Austria, receiving guidance from esteemed mentors like Prof. Uzi Wiesel and Prof. Clemens Hagen. Ofer’s musical prowess led him to debut his Recital at Carnegie Hall, New York, during his studies. Since 2019, he has served as the solo cellist of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, showcasing his virtuosity on stages worldwide.

As a sought-after soloist and chamber musician, Ofer Canetti’s performances grace numerous orchestras, festivals, and concert series globally, including his recurring presence at the Arte Amanti Festival in Belgium. He is celebrated as a prize winner of esteemed competitions such as the “Bucchi” International Competition for Cello and the “Enerico Mainardi Competition.” Additionally, Ofer shares his passion for music through teaching and masterclasses at prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels and the Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. A dedicated chamber musician, he has collaborated with renowned ensembles like the Amar Quartet in Switzerland, showcasing his profound understanding of chamber music’s intricacies. Ofer’s versatile career also extends to his roles as a guest principal cellist in various orchestras and ensembles, earning critical acclaim for his performances, notably by the “Los Angeles Times.”

Nicolai Pfeffer

Nicolai Pfeffer, hailed as a “clarinet poet” by la Repubblica, captivates audiences with his remarkable artistry, characterized by strong dynamic contrasts, rich color palette, and profound sensitivity. Praised by The Clarinet and DER SPIEGEL for his vibrant and iridescent clarinet sound, Pfeffer is in high demand both domestically and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and esteemed educator for advanced students.

Beyond his captivating performances, Pfeffer’s passion extends to the revitalization of chamber music and solo clarinet compositions, including his own arrangements, published by prestigious music publishers such as G. Henle Verlag and Breitkopf & Härtel. His illustrious career spans radio, CD, and television recordings, as well as concerts in renowned venues across Germany and Europe, showcasing his versatility and mastery as a musician. Pfeffer, a protege of Ralph Manno at the Musikhochschule Köln, now imparts his expertise as a sought-after instructor at esteemed institutions including the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, and as a substitute professor at the Zurich University of the Arts. Additionally, Pfeffer’s discerning judgment makes him a sought-after juror at national and international clarinet and chamber music competitions, further solidifying his influence in the global music community.

Rok Palcic

Dr. Rok Palčič is a multifaceted musician, educator, and entrepreneur renowned for his prowess as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. His musical journey began at age five, leading him to study under esteemed pianists such as Sijavush Gadjiev and Pavel Gililov at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany. After completing his graduate studies in chamber music performance with Chia Chou in Graz, Austria, Palčič further pursued an additional master’s degree at the University of Florida, obtaining his terminal degree at the University of Maryland.

Palčič’s musical achievements have been recognized with prestigious awards, including the Škerjanc prize for exceptional musical accomplishments in 2003. He has graced stages at renowned festivals and competitions across Europe and the United States, collaborating with esteemed artists such as Koryun Asatryan, Ida Bieler, Benjamin Ziervogel, Ofer Canetti, Nicolai Pfeffer, and Kristie Su. In addition to his vibrant performing career, Palčič is deeply engaged in music education and entrepreneurship, having served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of Florida and currently managing Chevy Chase Music LLC and Music School 21 LLC. Committed to fostering musical talent and accessibility, he founded the Cultural Arts Society Ars Haliaeti and presides over the Art Music Society, dedicated to supporting young musicians and promoting music within marginalized communities.