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Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition USA
CCM Announces Second Zemlinsky Prize for Composition
Prestigious International Award Open to Composers Under the Age of 35

Date: 2/3/2005
By: Erin Lickliter
Phone: (513) 556-2683
Other Contact: Sandi Holdheide
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-9484

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) announces its second Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition, an international competition for young composers. The application deadline for this prize is May 1, 2005.

Created at the behest of Zemlinsky's widow, the Alexander Zemlinksy Prize for Composition serves three purposes: to perpetuate the memory of Alexander Zemlinsky; to find new works for symphony orchestra that are truly original and have the power to communicate with and engage a broad audience; and to promote and encourage young composers internationally.

Alexander Zemlinsky

The relationship between Zemlinsky and CCM began many years ago when Walter Levin, first violinist of the LaSalle Quartet that was in residency at CCM, discovered an unknown quartet written by Zemlinsky in a New York music store. The LaSalle Quartet subsequently performed the work in New York, where it was received with great enthusiasm by critics and Louise Zemlinsky, widow of the composer. General interest in the music of Alexander Zemlinsky followed, and CCM's orchestras and opera program have performed several of his works, including his operas The Chalk Circle (American premiere) in 1988 and Der Geburtstag der Infantin (The Birthday of the Infanta) in 2004. Ultimately Mrs. Zemlinsky established an archive of her husband's works and a scholarship fund at CCM. Upon her death in 1992, her trust set into motion the Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition to be held every six years beginning in 1998.

Louise Zemlinsky, an accomplished painter and musician, dedicated her life and efforts to the renaissance of her husband's music in whose genius and success she had a firm belief. In addition to the Alexander Zemlinsky Fund she established at CCM, she did the same at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. Many of her paintings decorate the Alexander Zemlinsky Room in the CCM Music Library, among them a famous portrait of her husband. Many more are in private collections.

The Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition is open to composers of any nationality born after April 1, 1970. Eligible composers may submit no more than one published or unpublished score for any size orchestra. Recordings of this work, while not necessary, are encouraged. A MIDI recording is acceptable in lieu of a live performance. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2005.

Twenty scores/composers will be considered as finalists from the pool of submissions. From these finalists, three winning composers will be commissioned to write new unpublished and unperformed works for full orchestra with or without soloist, 15-25 minutes in length, with instrumentation limitations to be determined at the time of the final awards. Winning commissions will be awarded prizes: First Prize will receive $30,000 and a world premiere performance by the CCM Philharmonia during the 2006-07 season; Second Prize will receive $20,000 and a performance by the CCM Concert Orchestra; and Third Prize will receive $10,000. The three judges for the competition will be selected by CCM Dean Douglas Lowry, the Alexander Zemlinsky Fund in Vienna and the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York City.

For more information or for application materials, please write: Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 210003, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0003 or email:

About CCM

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the leading conservatories for the performing arts and electronic media. CCM offers the benefit of a professional training conservatory within the setting of a comprehensive public university. The school's roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors, and its alumni go on to notable success in the performing and media arts.

In the most recent rankings by U.S. News and World Report (1997), CCM was honored as the sixth top university program in the country for pursuing a graduate degree in music. Within the specialty areas of voice and conducting, CCM's programs placed third and fifth, respectively. CCM ensembles have performed internationally, recorded for major labels, and won ASCAP awards for excellence and programming.

CCM's faculty and staff and its state-of-the-art facilities make possible the professional training and exceptional education on which CCM believes the future of the arts relies. More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world, specializing in one of eight areas: Dance, Electronic Media, Ensembles and Conducting, Keyboard Studies, Music Education, Opera/Musical Theater/Drama/
Arts Administration, Performance Studies, and Musicology/Composition/Theory.

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