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Paul Lowin Prize 2004

2004 Winners

The 2004 Paul Lowin Prize ceremony was held at Government House, Sydney on 3 November 2004. The following prizes were awarded and highly commended works announced:

Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize ($25,000)

Liza Lim for Ecstatic Architecture

Ecstatic Architecture was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in celebration of the inaugural season of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The judges described the work as 'fascinating and masterly constructed... an expressive and personal statement that constantly delights and amazes'.

Judge's comments

'The judging panel thought piece outstanding in every respect – a highly accomplished work from a mature and considered composer - completely assured from the first note, a sustained and powerful lyrical statement that takes you on a journey and never lets you go. Ecstatic Architecture is a beautifully presented, fascinating and masterly constructed score, looking, as its name suggests, at the very notion of architecture - an expressive and personal statement that constantly delights and amazes, commands respect and admiration.'

Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize ($15,000)

Andrew Ford for Learning to Howl

Learning to Howl is a 35-minute work for voice, saxophone, clarinet, harp and percussion. Originally written for soprano Jane Edwards, it uses texts by women writers ranging from Emily Dickinson to Queen Elizabeth 1.This same piece also earned Andrew Ford the Award for Best Composition at the APRA-Australian Music Centre Classical Music Awards earlier this year.

Judge's comments

'This work for voice and small ensemble gained unanimous vote... The piece is beautifully laid out, utterly intelligent and musical. It represents vocal writing at its very best - in its use of an ingeniously assembled text, in its integration within the small instrumental ensemble, and in its psychological reach. The word-setting is masterful, the orchestration wonderfully well handled. With its clearly expressed musical lines and fascinating juxtaposition of lyrics, Learning to Howl is entirely satisfying for performer and listener.'


2004 Highly Commended

Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize ($25,000)

Gerry Brophy for Concerto in Blue (guitar and orchestra)

'... expertly written for an instrument that requires sensitivity and a great deal of orchestral insight. The work has a truly magical opening, and sustains its mood throughout in subtly rewarding colours.'