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Leo Brouwer International Composition Competition 


Leo Brouwer

2019 International Composition Competition

for Solo Guitar

 

And now we can happily announce the 2019 Leo Brouwer International Composition Competition winners:

The Leo Brouwer Grand Prize goes to - Amy Brandon

2nd Place - Evis Sammoutis

3rd Place - Celso Cano

Honorable mention - Andrew Lee

We are pleased to announce the 4 composers selected for the finals, the performance order is as follows:

Amy Brandon

Andrew Lee

Evis Sammoutis

Celso Cano

We are pleased to announce the 15 composers selected for the live round to be held at Buffalo State College. If you have any questions or need Hotel information please email or point of contact for this campus - buffalostateguitarclub@gmail.com Thank you to all who entered and WOW what a great year with so many amazing compositions submitted.

The composers that were selected to go through to the Prelim round are as follow and in no particular order:

 

K. Alan Shikoh
Manuel Espinas Valdes
Jose Antonio
Charles Edholm
Andrew Lee
Evis Sammoutis
Ryan Ayers
Nathan Bredeson
Diego De Oro 
Amy Brandon 
Celso Cano
William Lemley
Louis Cucunato
Kevin Cope
Merek Orszulik   
 

The times and schedule for Saturday March 17th Live round will be available for pick up Friday at 5:00PM. 

 

Seconda Prattica is pleased to announce it has partnered with Maestro Leo Brouwer to bring you the 2019 Brouwer in Buffalo Festival and the First Annual Leo Brouwer International Composition Competition.

The Brouwer in Buffalo Festival and Competition presents today's composers of all levels a unique opportunity to get their work(s) presented and performed in front of a panel of internationally recognized judges that Maestro Leo Brouwer will head. As President of the judging panel, Maestro Brouwer will oversee all procedural protocols as well as coordinate the jury during closed sessions. Seconda Prattica has gone to great lengths to ensure that each round of the competition (tape round, prelim and final) will run smoothly, and meet Maestro Brouwer's exacting standards for his namesake competition. SP.org is grateful to Maestro Brouwer for partnering with us to help bring you the first-ever Leo Brouwer guitar composition competition.  

Do not miss this opportunity to meet Maestro Leo Brouwer, as he will be in Buffalo adjudicating his namesake composition competition this March 15-17 2019. All events, concerts, presentations and competition rounds will be held at SUNY Buffalo State College (1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo NY 14222). 

Featuring the Leo Brouwer Grand Prize: $1,000

Application fee: $40    |   Submission Deadline(EXTENDED): February 28th, 2019 

 

Leo Brouwer International Composition Competition for Solo Guitar
Round 1: Tape-Round

  • The first round is our “Tape-Round.” This round is done by completing and submitting all parts of your application. Please include a PDF score and audio recording (MP3). 
  • There will also be a space to provide a link to a video of your work ( youtube, Dropbox, web address or any other video sharing options are preferred). 
  • The video is optional for this round and will only be used as a source reference, the quality of the video and the performance of piece will not be judged or taking into consideration when finalizing jury's decisions.  The judging panel will ultimately select up to eighteen (18) but no more than twenty(20) to move to the semi-final round,


Round 2: Pre-Lim | Live-Round

  • The Semi-Finals: This round will take place March 16th, 2019 on Buffalo State Campus.
  • The selected semi-finalist will arrive during the day for pre-determined timeslots.
  • Once on campus, the competitors will have 20 total minutes behind closed doors with our semi-finals judging panel. 
  • This round will give the competitor 20 minutes to present either live performance (by the composer or performer) or a recording (audio or video) to the jury. Alongside this presentation, the competitor is expected to prepare a brief summary of his work or anything pertaining to the genesis of the composition. It is during this time that the jury may ask more specific questions pertaining to the submission and the competitor is expected to answer or clarify those questions.
  • Once completed the competitor will be taken to a side classroom to record a 2-5 min video blurb about their selected work  The judging panel will ultimately select up to six(6) but no more than seven(7) to move to the final round.
  • Simularly to the tape round, the quality of performance will not be judged or included in the final score as a deciding factor.


 Round 3: Finals | Live-Round

  • The Final Round will be held Sunday, March 17th, 2019 12:00 PM (Noon) live at Buffalo State College campus.
  • This round will be live streamed and open to the public to watch.
  • President of the jury Maestro Leo Brouwer and his esteemed jury panel will be in a reserved section of the hall with scores in hand.
  • The 2-5minute video recorded from previous day round will be played before each piece is presented for judging.
  • Following the playing of the video, the score will then be projected to a screen on the stage for the audience to see the composition.
  • Once the score is projected, the piece is to be played either in live performance or via sound or video recording.
  • The quality of performance will not be judged or included in the final score or used in any way as a deciding factor.


A Few notes about the judging rounds to take into consideration:

  1. In all three(3) of the rounds, the quality of the performance will not be judged or included in the final score as a deciding factor.
  2. The entrance fee ($40) only covers the entrance to the composition competition, not the festival. There are three(3) days of activities, classes, symposiums, and concerts that will require a separate festival pass click:(LINK) to obtain the pass. 
  3. All tech related aspects of this festival and all live projection elements depend on each venue's equipment and availability at the time of the concert. 


Submission Procedures: Original Solo Guitar Composition

  1. The work must be an original composition for solo classical guitar 
  2. The submitted composition must be of original content and without any infringement of current US copyright laws.
  3. The duration of the composition must be no more than 13 minutes in length.
  4. Handwritten scores will be accepted, yet they must be legible and clear. 
  5. Submissions must be in PDF format. 
  6. Submissions must contain an audio file (.mp3.mp4.lossless.wav.aiff.midi) of your composition through the Submission form, as this will expedite the screening process.
  7. A $40 (USD) application fee must accompany the submission of your composition. Your submission will not go through until payment has been submitted. 
  8. You may submit more than one composition, with an additional $40 fee to be paid associated with each separate submission.
  9. If your submission is awarded a prize, you have the possibility of having your score published by  Seconda Prattica.
  10. The $40 USD application fee is non-refundable.
  11. Submission Deadline: February 20th, 2019 


Prizes and Competition Guidelines: 

 The Leo Brouwer Grand Prize - To be presented by the Maestro Brouwer

  • A First Place Maestro Leo Brouwer medallion
  • A cash prize of $1,000 USD
  • The selected compositions will be eligible for publication through Seconda Prattica Publishing
  • Video of the final performance posted on www.SecondaPrattica.org (due to tech issues, the live stream and video capture was not possible).


Second Place Prize

  • A Second Place medallion
  • A cash prize of $400 USD
  • The selected compositions will be eligible for publication through Seconda Prattica Publishing
  • Video of the final performance posted on www.SecondaPrattica.org (due to tech issues, the live stream and video capture was not possible).

 

Third Place Prize

  • A Third Place medallion
  • A cash prize of $200 USD
  • The selected compositions will be eligible for publication through Seconda Prattica Publishing
  • Video of the final performance posted on www.SecondaPrattica.org (due to tech issues, the live stream and video capture was not possible).

 

Honorable Mention 

  • Brought up to the stage for recognition

 

Notes about the prizes:

    1. Depending on the assessed quality of the submissions, the judging panel will reserve the right to not present a particular prize (1st, 2nd or 3rd). 
    2. During the festival, the public performances of all (minimum of) five (5) selected scores for the final round will be broadcast worldwide, live on the internet.
    3. All prize-winning works performed at the festival will be recorded (audio and video) by Buffalo State College. 
    4. The winning compositions will be eligible for publication through Seconda Prattica Publishing. A representative of the Publishing house will be on site to explain further the advantages of publishing through Seconda Prattica.  
    5. Seconda Prattica is working with the Music Department at Buffalo State College to obtain an Archival Link of each concert in order to provide each competitor. Once we have permission from the music department, a link to recordings will be emailed to all competitors of the first annual Leo Brouwer Composition Competition for solo guitar.


Outline of General Procedures for Preliminary Review:

  1. Once your complete application has been submitted, a Seconda Prattica representative will be responsible for preparing the scores for the Tape-Round adjudication. A unique numerical identification code will be assigned to each score instead of the composer's name, in order to keep the composer's identity anonymous to the judges.
  2. Each judge will complete an evaluation form for each submission.
  3. After each judge has reviewed and graded each score, all judges will meet to vote on which eighteen (18) submissions move onto the 2nd  round
  4. The semifinalists will be notified via email no later than March 1st.


Judges for Semi-Final Round:

  • In order for Seconda Prattica to maintain an impartial judging process for both the competitors and our judges, the judging panel for this round will be kept private until the round is completed. The Judging panel will be brought to the stage and introduced after intermission during the Saturday, March 16th 7:30 pm concert. 


Outline of General Procedures for Saturday, March 16th Live Round (2nd Round):

  • A new panel of adjudicators will receive the selected scores from the tape-round via email the week before the event to adequately study and prepare for the live round.
  • Each competitor will have up to a maximum of 20 minutes to present and perform their work to the panel
  • Immediately following the conclusion of the live round, all judges will convene in private to select a minimum of five (5) compositions, but no more than eight (8) to move on to the final round.
  • The semifinalists will be announced after the intermission of the 7:30 pm concert on Saturday, March 17th.

Outline of General Procedures for Saturday, March 17th Live Round (Final and 3rd Round):

  • The Selected compositions will be given an assigned time after the announcement of which compositions will be going on to the final round
  • The Judging Panel will be seating in the concert hall in secured and coordinated off section.
  • SP.org will project your 2-5 minute "About" for all audience members and judges to see
  • The Score will be projected on the large onstage screen for audience members to see
  • Each of the Judging panel will have a printed out copy of your composition
  • The piece is then performed (by the composer or person selected by composer).
  • If no live performance is possible, then SP.org will play the audio recording submitted.
  • The quality of the performance will not be judged or calculated or added to final scoring process. 

Judges for Final Round:

  • Leo Brouwer - President of the Judging Committee - Maestro Leo Brouwer will be in the audience during this round to not only adjudicate but run the judging panel. 
  • In order for Seconda Prattica to maintain an impartial judging process for both the competitors and our judges, the judging panel for this round will be kept private. 

Final Thoughts:

  • If you are interested in also competing in the Performance Competition hosted by The Great Lakes Guitar Society, please click this link to go to their website: (GLGS LINK)
  • Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to Contact Us
  • If you are interested in helping support the current or future Leo Brouwer Composition Competition or interested in sponsoring a prize at any level, please Contact Us. 
  • Maestro Brouwer and Seconda Prattica reserve the right to change any or all requirements based upon the needs of the Jury, Technology, or outside influences that are out of the control of the event.
  • Seconda Prattica gives 100% of the funds raised in entry fees, ticket sales, and donations to support the Leo Brouwer Composition Competition and the Brouwer in Buffalo Festival.

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