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Belvedere Festival2018 Composition Contest Winners
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AJ Harbison

1st Prize
AJ Harbison (University of Missouri-Kansas City)
Five Scenes for Solo Piano

AJ Harbison (born 1985) is a composer and singer/songwriter based in Kansas City. His music lives at the intersection of concert music and vernacular music, each bringing unique vitality to the other in a language both adventurous and accessible. His compositions include solo, chamber and orchestral works, and vocal music from songs to works for mixed chorus. Harbison’s music has been performed by ensembles including The Hutchins Consort, The Singers (St. Paul, MN), the Kansas City Women’s Chorus and the students of Harmony Project KC. His most recent project is a cross-country collaboration with New York City singer/songwriter Melanie Penn and West Covina (CA) High School’s choirs, conducted by Tyler Wigglesworth. Harbison has studied with Leonard Rhodes, Pamela Madsen, Lloyd Rodgers, Ken Walicki, Chen Yi, Paul Rudy and James Mobberley, and holds degrees in composition from California State University, Fullerton and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Joris van der Herten

2nd Prize
Joris van der Herten (Dartmouth College)
Duo Variations on "I Wonder As I Wander" (violin and clarinet)

Joris van der Herten studied piano and composition in Belgium at the Academies of Lokeren and Sint-Niklaas, and in the USA at Dartmouth College. He was a double finalist in the composition competition "Op weg naar het nieuwjaarsconcert" by the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (2006, 2007), received first prize in composition in the Dexia Classics competition (2009), was one of the six nominees for the choral composition competition "Ook jouw stem telt" (2011) and won the composition competition for cello orchestra at the Cellofestival Dordrecht (2013). In 2011, three of his works were selected for performance at the opening of the Firstsite contemporary art gallery in Colchester, United Kingdom.

Alexandra Fomina

3rd Prize
Anastasia Fomina (Gnessin Russian Academy of Music)
Three Musical Moments for Violin and Piano

Anastasia Fomina is a composer and pianist from Moscow, author of orchestral, chamber, vocal concert music, various music for cinema and TV. She graduated from Musical College (named after the Gnessins) where studied composition and piano. Now she studies composition at Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. She was a recipient of numerous awards including prizes of "III International Contest of Young Musicians named after D.D. Schostacovich", V International Competition "Romanticism: its origins and beyond", International Competition and Festival "Tchaikovsky — the legacy", International Composer Competition "Fructus Temporum", Moscow International Competition for young composers "The message of the soul: a modern Russian romance". The participant of Open Arts Festival "Chereshnevy Les", the 1st International Music Festival Viana do castelo,Moscow International Film Festival, 26th St. Louis International Film FestivalBraunschweig Film Festival,Portobello Film Festival etc. She is a holder of a scholarship from the "California Arts Foundation", "Moscow Composers Union" and Government of Moscow.

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