Merdan Byashimov from Turkmenistan and Aleksey Popkov from Russia are the winners of the 5th International Young Composers Competition, which was held as part of the Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi. The Chairman of Jury Alexander Tchaikovsky announced it at the closing ceremony of the competition.
The musical pieces of six participants of the second round from Turkmenistan, Russia and Germany, were selected in absentia out of 17 pieces submitted to the competition to be judged by audience and jury.
“Miroslav Chernousov and Anastasia Vabishevich received the diplomas of the competition. Tobias Fandel is the third prize laureate. Daniil Pasajennikov is the second prize laureate. The jury decided to divide the first prize among remained two contestants – Merdan Byashimov and Alexey Popkov,” Tchaikovsky summed up the outcomes of the competition.
According to him, the live performance of music works sent to the competition was the most interesting for the members of the jury, and the “Moscow Virtuosi” Soloists Chamber Orchestra performed the compositions.
The piano quintet by Merdan Byashimov won the heart of everyone with amazing fusion of Turkmen melodies and postmodernism and was recognized as the most original music piece of the competition – “it’s definitely can not to be confused with anything elese,” the news agency NEWSmuz informs.
The selected pieces were viewed by the illustrious international jurors chaired by Alexander Tchaikovsky, composer, People’s Artist of Russia, Head of Composer department of Moscow state P.I.Tchaikovsky conservatory, Professor, along with Yuri Bashmet, People’s Artist of the USSR, Artistic director of the Winter International Arts Festival, Krzysztof Meyer, composer, Professor in Freie Kunstakademie Mannheim and Polish Academy of Education, Patrick de Clerck, composer and professor from Belgium.
“The most remarkable thing is that all those who today showed their works are completely have different worlds. There is no globalization here. All what we heard is unique, and it pleases. We are waiting for the next Mozart, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky to be appered soon, ” Yuri Bashmet said addressing the contestants.
The 5th International Young Composers Competition, dedicated to the memory of Alfred Schnittke and Sviatoslav Richter, was held as part of the 12th Winter International Arts Festival.