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Zhiyi Wang wins top prize at AntonínDvořák composition competition in Prague

Time: 2012.08.27      Source: Z-1 Music Studio      Reads:1503

The Chinese composer Zhiyi Wangwon the 3rd Prize of Seniors (those between the ages of 24 and 33) at the 3rd International AntonínDvořák Composition Competition, recently held in Prague, Czech Republic.

This competition, co-organized by Czech Republic and Korea, pays tribute to the memory of Czech’s greatest composer AntonínDvořák and seeks to discover young and talented composers worldwide. Hundreds of young composers from more than 80 countries competed. As the only Chinese composer selected into this year’s senior finalists, Wang received the prize from AntonínDvořák IV, the great-grandson of the famous composer AntonínDvořák.

‘Winning AntonínDvořák Prize in Prague, the stunning city enriched with music history, has a significant meaning for me.’ said Zhiyi Wang, ‘This competition offers an excellent opportunity for composers to share their talents based on different cultural background. I benefited from the cultural exchange and learnt about ideas and creativities of others. To compete against these excellent young composers is a true honor for me.’

The international jury of the competition is composed of many leading musicians and music professors, including MrAntonínDvořák III (grandson of AntonínDvořák and himself a composer), Mr. Young Chul Choi (director of Seouloratorio and Dvořák Academy), Mr. Pavel Trojan (director of Prague Conservatory), and Mr. LadislavKubík (music composer and professor of the Florida State University). The competition consists of the 1st and 2nd rounds and the participants are divided into two groups, juniors and seniors by age. Wang outstood from a two-month screening process and entered the 2nd round of the competition as one of the 13 senior finalists, which was held in Prague Conservatory during July 23rd-27th. During the 2nd round the participants must work independently within given time frame and compose one free composition and one other work (among variation, fuga, or canon) under the designated themes. Finally, prize winners were selected from the anonymous panel judging, and the award ceremony & concert was held in the RudolfinumDvořák Hall on July 30th. Four prize winners of seniors are from Israel, Mexico, China, and Egypt.

Born in Suzhou, China, Wang graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Louisville majoring in composition. Being featured in many significant global events, Wang's music works gradually established his name in both academic and commercial music industries. As a core member in the music crew of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Wang composed various music programs for the Opening Ceremony, including ‘Fanfare for the Ceremony’ and the arrangement of the official theme song , performed by Sarah Brightman and Liu Huan. In 2011 Wang orchestrated and produced the film score for Zhang Yimou’s featuring Christian Bale, with the soundtrack featuring Joshua Bell, China Philharmonicand the Swedish Choir AllmännaSången. The Original Soundtrack was released on Sony Classical and the movie received one nomination for Golden Globe Award and six nominations for Asian Film Awards.

This fall Wang is officially invited by the Baroque Camerata of Taiwan National Sun Yat-sen University to be Composer-in-Residence. During the two-month residency Wang is expected to complete a commissioned piece of string orchestra by extracting local music elements. Going forward the music piece will be premiered by Baroque Camerata in Taiwan and China.