European Composer Award
At the festival Young Euro Classic the Mayor of Berlin presents the European Composer Award to the most deserving candidate.
The award is given in recognition of the festival’s best world premiere or German premiere. It is endowed with 5.000 euros. An 11-member audience jury determines the winner.
European Composer Award 2014
Aziza Sadikova Wins Award for her Work Brief Scherben
The 2014 European Composer Award went to the Uzbek artist Aziza Sadikova for her work Brief Scherben (Letter Shards), which had its world premiere in Berlin as part of Young Euro Classic.
Commenting on its choice, the jury pointing out the work’s different musical and performative expressive means, heard as tones, sounds and words, but also like a poem from a faraway world, ghostly and intensely disturbing. The composition is touching “due to the images it evokes in our minds”.
Aziza Sadikova (b. 1978) began her music education at the age of five in Uzbekistan, where she received piano and composition lessons. She continued her studies at the State Conservatory of Tashkent, at the Conservatory in Birmingham and at Trinity College of Music in London. Her works have been performed, among others, at the Aspekte Festival in Salzburg, at Wien Modern and at the Southbank Festival in London. In 2013 she wrote the musical theatre project Voices from Ravensbrück as a commission from the Kulturfeste Land Brandenburg, as well as a children’s opera for the Potsdamer Kammerakademie. Her most recent project is a chamber opera which she is writing together with the Austrian author Arno Geiger.
Aziza Sadikova – Winner of the European Composer Award 2014
2000 – 2013
Silvia Colasanti – Winner of the European Composer Award 2013
© Pietro Meloni
Olga Viktorova – winner of the 2012 European Composer Award, with Dr. Knut Nevermann and Dr. Willi Steul
Audience jury 2014
Silvia Colasanti (Italy): “Responsorium” 2013
Olga Viktorova (Russia): “Lux Aeterna” 2012
Gonzalo Grau (Venezuela): “Aqua” (Water Oratory) 2011
Archil Giorgobiani (Georgia): “Azari” 2010
Niels Klein (Germany): “Refractions” 2009
Ahmet Altinel (Turkey): “Le Sources de la Nuit” 2008
Guohui Ye (China): “Spätherbst für Orchester” (Late Autumn for Orchestra) 2007
Magnar Åm (Norway): “‘tisn’t the snow falling, it’s us leaving the ground” 2006
Ülo Krigul (Estonia): “Jenzeits” 2005
Nina Šenk (Slovenia): “Konzert für Violine und Orchester” 2004
Joachim F. W. Schneider (Germany): “Sylphidentänze” 2003
Anatolijus Senderovas (Lithuania): “Konzert in Do” 2002
Stefán Arason (Iceland): “10-11” 2001
Magnus Lindberg (Finland): “Cantigas” 2000