The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music has this week announced 27-year-old Japanese composer, Aya Yoshida as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Zemlinsky Compositional Prize.
Awarded only every six or seven years, since 1990, Aya will receive US $30,000, a commercially produced recording of her new orchestral work, ‘Double Face‘ – plus a new commission.
This year’s international panel of judges included composers: Missy Mazzoli, Colin Matthews and Carl Vine.
“Aya Yoshida’s piece came out on top from a very impressive line-up … it was good to see the unanimity of choice between a panel of composers all with very different stylistic personalities,” Jury member, Colin Matthews has this week said.
“This daring work really communicated a mini-world of fantastic orchestral colours and showed true originality, combined with skillful orchestration and a well-balanced approach to form,” Jury member, Missy Mazzoli has this week said.
Previous recipients include: Ulrich Kreppein, Moritz Eggert and Narong Prangcharoen.