First Prize winner
Division 2 (Ages 21 and under)
2019 Young Composer Competition
Congratulations to Paul Novak! His trio, Anatomies of Fragile Things, has won the Tribeca New Music 2019 Young Composer Competition, Division 2, for ages 21 and under.
Paul Novak (b. 1998) writes music that is lyrical but fragmented, exploring the subtleties of instrumental color and drawing influences from literature, art, and poetry. He has been selected as the recipient of numerous national awards, most recently from the Frost Competition, Texas Young Composer’s Competition, Young Composer’s Challenge, and YoungArts Foundation, and has participated in festivals including the first-ever Composer Apprenticeship with NYO-USA, Bowdoin Festival, fresh inc festival, Atlantic Music Festival, BUTI, and more. Originally from Reno, NV, Novak is an undergraduate student at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he has studied with Pierre Jalbert, Anthony Brandt, and Karim Al-Zand. Recent performances include the Austin Symphony’s performance of his orchestral work on buoyancy and the Chicago Ensemble’s performance of his flute/piano duo 3 Night Pieces.
As the First Prize winner of the 2019 Young Composer Competition, Division 2, Paul will receive a $1,000 award, and his trio, Anatomies of Fragile Things, will be performed on the Tribeca New Music 2019 Festival in NYC. Performance date TBA.
Charles Berofsky for his Uneasy Dreams
Gabriel Crist for his Intermezzo
Yash Pazhianur for his Quartet for Winds and Piano
Jonathan Petrini for his Kaleidoscope
Katie Pieschala for her Rain 395
Matthew Schultheis for his Stilleven
Leigha Amick for her From Lost Palms
Jacob Beranek for his Romanza for English Horn and Strings
Caroline Bragg for her Paradise Lost: This Pendant World
Bram Fisher for his Tête-à-tête
Max Friedman for his Dress British, Think Yiddish
Stella Gitelman Willoughby for her Expectations for String Orchestra
Haeon Lee for her Adrift in Maroon
Marina Lee for her The Ghost in Budapest
Lilian Rona for her Samboni
Avik Sarkar for his From Voices, for String Quartet and Tape
Athena Zhang for her New England Winter