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2008 Beethoven Club Composition Contest Winners

1st Place
Joomi Park, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2 O'Clock (violin, cello, and piano)

Composer and pianist Joomi Park is a fellow at the University of Minnesota pursuing her Ph.D. in Music Composition in the studio of Alex Lubet. She received her Masters Degree in Composition at Boston University where she studied composition with Ketty Nez, Steven Weigt, and Lucas Foss. She received her undergraduate degree in Composition from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, studying under So-yoen Lee and Sunghyun Yun. She obtained the music teaching certificate in 2005 and dissertation research award in 2008. She was invited as young and talented composers to Alea III 30th anniversary season, contemporary music festival directed by Theodore Antoniou. Her music was awarded the Wainwright Prize in 2007. She’s working as a research assistant for Spark (an international electronic music festival). She was a pianist at Time¢s arrow, new music ensemble in Boston, and she was an accompanist at the Seoungbok Presbyterian Church in Seoul for 15 years.

2nd Place
Lee Chie-Tsang, Isaiah, University of Western Australia, Perth
Autumn Steps - piano solo

Lee Chie-Tsang, Isaiah(b. 1984, Sabah, Malaysia) He received his Diploma in music from the SEGi College at Kuala Lumpur—Malaysia at 2006 where he studied composition with Lecturer Tan Chin Ho and also had several workshops with Professor Shiro Yamamoto, Chong Kee yong, Yii Kah Hoe and others. He was the President of music student society in SEGi College (2005-2006) and the Vice President of the music student society of the Tshung Tsin Chinese Orchestra (2004). Lee also have received a numerous awards like the 1st winner of the “Yamaha Electone festival”, 1st winner of the “Kota Kinabalu Festival 2000” (piano duet), third Prize of Chinese Orchestra in Wind instrument Solo (Di-zi). He also has participated in the “Symphony Below The Wind” (The biggest Chinese Orchestra Concert in Malaysia). Lee is currently pursuing a degree in composition at The University of Western Australia, under Professor Roger Smally, lecturer Yitzhak Yedid, and Dr. Christopher Tonkin.

3rd Place
George Lam, Duke University, Durham, NC
Serenade - flute solo

George Lam lives and works in Durham, North Carolina, where he is pursuing graduate studies in composition at Duke University. George has recently collaborated on projects with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Voices, Volti, American Opera Projects, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, the Boston University Concert Band, Duke University's Department of Theater Studies, the Duke Wind Symphony, baritone Robert Maril, and writers Benjamin Rogers, Lap Lam, Martin Zimmerman and John Clum. George is especially interested in writing music for the theater, and is currently working on a new documentary opera that looks at the changing face of Durham through its buildings, on a libretto created with playwright Neal Bell. Along with Ruby Fulton, George is a founding co-artistic director of Rhymes With Opera, a new opera company dedicated to bringing new works of music-theater into unconventional spaces. In addition, George is also the current director of the Duke New Music Ensemble.

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