Yesterday, after the closing concert of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2014, the winner of the Gaudeamus Prize 2014 was announced. From the five nominees, the international jury unanimously chose Anne Korsun (1986) from Ukraine. The members of the jury, consisting of Vanessa Lann, Wim Henderickx, and Oscar Bianchi felt the entries were varied and of high quality. About the winning composition the jury said:
“Anna Korsun’s work deeply touched us, despite being firmly rooted into modernity, her work, which encompasses historical references that range from Gabrieli’s venetian double choirs compositions throughout Cage’s historical piano preparations, is somehow free from all of it. Korsun’s striking frankness and firm commitment towards both material and form are the only constant within her stylistically broad range of compositions. Her openness to new challenges while engaging fully in every new work displays strength, curiosity and faith towards sound, inspiration and creativity.” Read more….  or see and listen here….