Ted Hearne wins Gaudeamus Prize 2009

17 September 2009

At the final concert of the International Gaudeamus Music Week 2009, which took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 7 to 12 September, the Gaudeamus Prize was awarded to the American composer Ted Hearne (1982). He receives the award of 4,550 Euros, intended as a commission for a new work to be performed at the next edition of the International Gaudeamus Music Week in 2010. Hearne received the prize for selected movements from Katrina Ballads, a composition performed on September 10 at the Conservatory of Amsterdam by the ensemble ‘de ereprijs’ conducted by Wim Boerman. Hearne himself was the soloist as singer. There was one honorable mention: Toru Nakatani (Japan, 1979) received the mention for 16_1/64_1, performed on 9 September by Ensemble of the Conservatory of Amsterdam conducted by Jos Zwaanenburg in the “Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ”. The Gaudeamus Prize and the honorable mentions were awarded by jury members Huba de Graaff (Netherlands), Anne La Berge (Netherlands), and Akira Nishimura (Japan). For this year’s International Gaudeamus Music Week, which was open to composers under 31, the Gaudeamus Foundation received almost 400 scores from all over the world; the jury subsequently selected fifteen works to compete for the Gaudeamus Prize 2009. There was another competition in de Gaudeamus Music Week: the Project Jonge Componisten (PJC) by Holland Symfonia. In the PJC three prizes were awarded: the PJC Prize (4,000 Euros) went to Matthias Kranebitter; the PJC Encourangement Prize and the PJC Audience Prize both went to Janco Verduin. The next edition of the International Gaudeamus Music Week will take place in September 2010 in Amsterdam with an application deadline of January 31st 2010. The International Gaudeamus Music Week is an activity of Music Center the Netherlands. Music Center the Netherlands Rokin 111 1012 KN Amsterdam The Netherlands Telephone: +31 - 20 - 344 6060 Photos to be downloaded from or ask for it by email at