Marko Nikodijevic wins Gaudeamus Prize 2010

16 September 2010

At the final concert of the International Gaudeamus Music Week 2010, which took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 6 to 12 September, the Gaudeamus Prize was awarded to the Serbian German composer Marko Nikodijevic (1980). 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 2011. Marko Nikodijevic received the prize for cvetic, kucica.../la lugubre gondola, performed on September 11 in the “Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ” by Holland Symfonia conducted by Hans Leenders. There were two honorable mentions: Artur Akshelyan (1984, Armenia) received a mention for Lichtfarben for violin and ensemble, performed on September 11 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam by ensemble Insomnio with soloist Mieko Kanno. The other honorable mention went to Giuliano Bracci (1980, Italy) for Da uno spazio bianco performed by Holland Symfonia. The Gaudeamus Prize and the honorable mentions were awarded by jury members Helena Tulve (Estonia), Donnacha Dennehy (Ireland) and Willem Jeths (The Netherlands). For this year’s International Gaudeamus Music Week, which was open to composers under 31, the Gaudeamus Foundation received more than 400 scores from all over the world; the jury subsequently selected 21 works to compete for the Gaudeamus Prize 2010. There was another prize of 4,550 Euros awarded in de Gaudeamus Music Week, sponsord by the “Orgelpark”, a concert venue in Amsterdam for organists, composers and other artists. The Organ Prize for the best work in which organ is involved is a commission to write a new work for organ to be premiered at the Orgelpark. The jury has awarded this Prize to the American composer Jacob Adler (1980) for his work Hollerin' in the Orgelpark for 4 organs, two piano’s and a laptop. Recordings of the works can be listened at: Deadline for next year is 31st of January with extra the first international Conlon Music Prize for Disklavier Plus for a new work for Yamaha Disklavier. International Gaudeamus Music Week c/o Music Center The Netherlands Contemporary Department Rokin 111 1012 KN Amsterdam T 020 - 344 60 60