Posted by Ricordi 13 October 2016
Sarah Nemtsov, Shiori Usui and Steffen Wick are the winners of the composer competition RicordiLab. A total of 217 composers from 45 different countries applied. Selected works by the winners will now be published and internationally promoted by Ricordi Berlin for an initial period of three years.
Works of the winners will be performed by the associated partners of RicordiLab
RicordiLab is supported by the media partner VAN, the Berlin-based international online magazine for classical music.
Ricordi Berlin was consulted by an advisory board of internationally renowned experts consisting of:
Kristjan Järvi (conductor)
Liza Lim (composer)
Gillian Moore (Director of Music des Southbank Centre in London)
Dr. Clemens Trautmann (President, Deutschen Grammophon)
Sarah Nemtsov was born in 1980 in Oldenburg and lives in Berlin. Her music is regularly performed at international festivals such as Bregenz Festival, Münchener Biennale, Holland Festival, Wien Modern and Festival Musica (Strasbourg). Sarah Nemtsov works closely with ensembles such as Intercontemporain, ensemble recherche, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and ensemble mosaik. She is currently writing a new opera that will be premiered in Halle in 2017.
Shiori Usui was born in Japan in 1981. She is a BBC Proms commissioned composer and improviser based in Edinburgh, UK. She was composer-in-residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and has received commissions from the BBC Proms, Philharmonie Essen and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Shiori Usui’s music often uses motion capturing sensors and is based on information captured by biophysical technology. Many of her compositions are inspired by the sounds of the human body.
Steffen Wick, born 1981, studied composition and new media in Stuttgart and Munich. The focus of his music lies in full-length, interdisciplinary concert projects that often include visual media. He received numerous awards, including the Red Dot Award for communication design and the Visual Music Award. His music is performed worldwide in China, South Korea, Canada, the US and Ukraine. Steffen Wick has received commissions from Bregenz Festival, Theater Freiburg and the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.