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Paul Lowin Prize 2006


2006 Winners

The winners of the 2006 Paul Lowin Prizes were announced on October 5 at a special ceremony at The Mint, Sydney.

Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize ($25,000)

Brett Dean for his Viola Concerto.

Dean's Viola Concerto was co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestra. The composer himself performed at its premiere with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London in 2005, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles, and again at its Australian premiere with the Sydney Symphony in August this year. The judges described the work as '…imaginative and original. From the hauntingly evocative introductory fragment, into the exhilarating rush of the second movement, and through to the quiet and contemplative ending, the writing is masterly.'

Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize ($15,000)

Rosalind Page for Sonetos del Amor Oscuro written for soprano, lute, baroque guitar, theorbo, percussion and soundtrack.

Page's Sonetos del Amor Oscuro is a setting of five sonnets by the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. Lorca was killed at the age of 38, when, in the early days of the Spanish Civil War, he was arrested and executed in cold blood shortly before dawn in an Andalusian field. It is likely that his last collection would have included these sonnets of dark love. The Judges commented that, 'the composer's choice of poetry demonstrates a passion for words and an ability to write most expressively, lyrically and dramatically for voice'. Page's work is a journey of love's soul from light to dark, and was composed specially for soprano and co-artistic director of Halcyon, Alison Morgan.

 

2006 Finalists

The Finalists of the 2006 Paul Lowin Prizes include some of Australia's most outstanding composers.

Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize ($25,000)

Brett Dean for his Viola Concerto, written for solo viola and orchestra; and Vexations and Devotions, written for choir and orchestra

Georges Lentz for Monh, written for solo viola, orchestra and electronics

Michael Smetanin for Mysterium Cosmographicum, concerto for piano and orchestra

Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize ($15,000)

Gordon Kerry for Goodison Quartet No. 1 Country Music, written for mezzo-soprano and string quartet.

Elliott Gyger for From the Hungry Waiting Country, written for four voices (SSAA) and harp.

Rosalind Page for Sonetos del Amor Oscuro written for soprano, lute, baroque guitar, theorbo, percussion and soundtrack.

Damien Ricketson for A Line Has Two, written for soprano, aulos, 2 clarinets, 2 percussion and electronics.