Works Awarded
Cum Laude Music Awards 2016-2017. I Edition

2016-2017. I Edition

With more than one hundred works participating from almost one hundred countries, the jury resolution have been very dificult due the high quality of every work inscribed. The variety, the quantity and the procedence of these compositions have demostrated that consonant music - the music which puts in consonance composer, performer and the audience - is now more than a trend isolated in the contemporary music but a reality inside all nowadays composition languages. The CD In Crescendo contains the works awarded in this edition:
Composer Cum Laude and Best Contemporary Work for Piano Solo
Andreas Foivos Apostolou, Athens. Greece
Metamorphoses for Piano

Best Contemporary Work for String Quartet (ex aequo)
José González Granero, San Francisco. USA
String Quartet No. 1 'Noche Del Amor Imsomne'

Best Contemporary Work for String Quartet (ex aequo)
Iván Palomares de la Encina, Madrid. Spain
Con Moto for String Quartet

Best Contemporary Work for Piano Quintet
Jan Wachowski, Kobyłka. Poland
Quintet for Piano Quintet
Andreas Foivos Apostolou
Composer Cum Laude and Best Contemporary Work for Piano Solo
Andreas-Foivos Apostolou was born in Athens in 1991 into an artistic family.  He graduated with the distinction of a unanimous First Prize in Piano from the Conservatoire in Athens. He went on to the Boyer School of Music, Temple University, where he studied Piano and Composition with Charles Abramovic, Harvey Wedeen, Richard Brodhead and Jan Krzywicki.  He obtained his BM in 2013.

He has graduated with a Double Major MM in Piano Performance and Composition at Jacobs School of Music- Indiana University in 2016 (3.95/ 4.00 GPA). He has studied with pianists André Watts, Edward Auer, Jean-Louis Haguenauer and with composers Sven-David Sandstrom, Aaron Travers, David Dzubay and Claude Baker.  He held the position of Associate Instructor in Piano, at Jacobs School of Music for the academic year 2015- 2016. He created his own syllabus and exams for the course P-130, which was enrolled by advanced non-major piano students and gave private lessons to music majors of various levels of proficiency. He also assisted instrumentation courses for undergraduate composers and worked with the Ballet Department on IU Ballet Theater Productions, as an accompanist.

He is currently a PhD candidate in Piano Performance at the Department of Music Science and Art, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.

His mentor since childhood, is the internationally acclaimed pianist Vinia Tsopelas. He is the First Prize winner in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition for Young Artists in, Greece (2011), the recipient of the “Maria Bondarenko” Award- Israel (2016) and the First Prize at the 2014 International Kozani Competition for Composition, in Greece for his work “Trio for Piano, Flute and Cello". He is also the recipient of the “Academic Excellence” Award- Temple University (2010-2013) and the “Artistic Excellence” Award- Indiana University (2013- 2015).

His concert appearances in Europe include performances with the Greek Radio-Television Orchestra, solo recitals in Milan, Salzburg, Prague, France, Israel, Athens and Thessaloniki. In the US, he has performed in Bargemusic, New York, and other venues in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Bloomington, Indiana. He frequently performs his own compositions, as well as works of various styles, from baroque to contemporary.

He has participated in masterclasses with pianists: Robert Levin, Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berman, Tatiana Zelikman, Emanuel Krasovsky, Asaf Zohar, Andrzej Pikul, Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff and composers: David Rakowski and George Tsontakis.

Andreas-Foivos has performed on numerous occasions with the New Music Ensemble under the direction of David Dzubay in many chamber and electroacoustic performances of renowned composers such as Sebastian Currier, Oscar Biancchi, John Luther Adams, Steven Mackey, David Rakowski, Anders Hillborg, Steve Rouse, Shinichiro Ikebe, Libby Larsen, Hitomi Kaneko, Jo Kondo to name a few. He has also recorded on CD works by Ryan Chase and Steve Rouse. In October 2015, he was featured as the soloist of NME performing Bernard Rands’ “Three Pieces for Solo Piano”, in the presence of the composer.

His compositional output includes works for piano, various ensembles, choir, symphonic orchestra, as well as music for theater, choreography and short films. Andreas Apostolou’s works have been premiered in the US, Israel, Portugal and Greece.

“Van- 1915” was published on May 2016 by Indiana University Press. It is a symphonic work inspired from and dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.  He has written soundtracks for short and medium-length films by director Ethan Sacchi, the silent film “Cenotaph” by Julie Hegarat, as well as music for the Greek theatrical production “The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead” by Robert Hewett.

He is the recipient of several prestigious grants and awards: Leon & Aspasia Lemos Foundation, Latsis Foundation, J. F. Costopoulos Foundation, Attica Tradition Educational Foundation, George P. Lemos, Angela Hadjipateras and Kathryn Hunter.
José González Granero
Best Contemporary Work for String Quartet (ex aequo)
Jose Gonzalez Granero, Clarinetist and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently 1st Prize Winner for the Villiers Quartet New Works Composition Competition (London), also he has been nominated twice for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Mr. Gonzalez Granero holds the Principal Clarinet position for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 2010. He graduated from Granada Royal Conservatory, USC Thorton School of Music and The Colburn School in Los Angeles under his mentor Yehuda Gilad.

Mr. Gonzalez has won numerous competitions and awards, both as a clarinetist and composer, including Grand Prize for exceptional talent and musicianship in the Pasadena Instrumental Competition (2009), First Prize in the Burbank Philharmonic Concerto Competition (2009), Second Place in the Downey Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (2009), Second Prize in the Pasadena Instrumental Competition (2008), Second Prize ‘Ville de Comines-Warneton’ composition competition and winner of the Villiers Quartet New Works Composition Competition (London, UK).

Currently Mr. Gonzalez studies composition with Mr. David Conte head of the composition department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Iván Palomares de la Encina
Best Contemporary Work for String Quartet (ex aequo)
Iván Palomares was born in Madrid and studied music at the REal Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, specialising in Orchestra Conducting and Composition, obtaining the highest marks and the End of Studies award.

He completed his training as a conductor and composer with courses and master classes in Brussels, Scotland, Berlin and the United States, with teachers such as Philippe Gérard, Enrique García Asensio, Samuel Adler, Benet Casablancas, Ertugrul Sevsay, Hummie Mann and Teresa Catalán.

He has developed his professional career in both concert music (as composer and director) and composition for audiovisual media, participating in numerous projects for film, theatre and television that have brought him several national and international awards such as two Jerry Goldsmith Awards, the Crystal Pine for best music for documentaries and more recently the prestigious Harold Arlen Film and TV Award by the Ascap Foundation, as well as other nominations in major national and international film and music festivals.  

He has conducted several orchestras and ensembles in Europe and the United States, such as the Radio Televisión Española Orchestra (on its 50th anniversary), the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Hollywood Session Orchestra, the Louvain-La Neuve Symphony Orchestra, the "Ciudad de Linares" Youth Orchestra, the "La Nova de l'Olleria" Symphony Band and their discography includes, in addition to the musical direction of his own music, he has participated in numerous soundtrack recording sessions, both at home and abroad (Warner Brothers Studio - Burbank, California, Magyar Radio - Budapest, Mad4Strings - Madrid, Estudio 20 Century Fox, Los Angeles, CA, OSRTVE, etc).

He has been invited to participate in several musical conferences, such as the International Music and Audiovisual Culture Congress MUCA, The Author Foundation, SGAE, Eutherpe Congress or Berlinale Talent Campus and was selected as one of the 12 composers and directors participating in the prestigious Ascap Film Scoring Workshop in 2015, held in Los Angeles, California.
Jan Wachowski
Best Contemporary Work for Piano Quintet
Jan Wachowski passion is composition and piano. He has begun playing the piano since he was 6 years old and composing the music since he was 12 years old. Now he is 19 and he is in the last class of Music High School in Warsaw, Poland. He is going to continue his music education at the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw: two faculties simultaneously the composition and the piano. He has composed around 20 pieces, which contain: piano works, two pianos, chamber and orchestra.

In 2016 Jan was a participant of the 20th Morningside Music Bridge (MMB) Program, organized by Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. He was also a participant of Talented Youth’s Foundation Program of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland. During last two years Jan had a pleasure to perform in some of the prestigious concert halls as a pianist and in some of them also as a composer such as: Forbidden City Central Hall in Beijing (China), Royal Castle Hall in Warsaw (Poland), Chamber Hall of the National Polish Radio Symphonic Orchestra Auditorium (NOSPR) in Katowice (Poland),Chamber Hall in the European Music Centre of K. Penderecki in Lusławice (Poland).

Some of special achievements in his life:

As a composer
2016 -  Second Prize and Audience Prize at XVIII National Chamber Music Composers Contest
(Warsaw, Poland) for Piano Trio composition – “When The Mind Sleeps…”.
2015 – Third Prize, Musicians Prize and Audience Prize at XVII National  Chamber Music Composers Contest
(Warsaw, Poland) for Piano Quartet composition – “Tempus Fugit”.

As a pianist
2017  – First Prize and Grand Prix at Vth National Pianist Contest in Szczecin (Poland).
2017 – Second Prize at IVth International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Contest in Rzeszów (Poland).
2017 – Second Prize and National Symphonic Orchestra of Polish Radio Prize at
IVth National Chamber Music Contest in Warsaw.
2016 – First Prize and National Symphonic Orchestra of Polish Radio Prize at
IIIth National Chamber Music Contest in Warsaw.
2013 – First Prize at 61th Europeans Music Festival For Youth Chamber Orchestras in Neerpelt (Belgium).

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