Music Lecturer wins International Composition Prize

Senior Music Lecturer in the School of Education, Dr Alastair Greig, has been awarded first prize in an international competition organised by Counterpoint-Italy.

Posted: 9 May 2014

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Alastair was awarded first place for his solo cello work, Neruda Fragments. The musical ideas are derived, in part, from lines in Pablo Neruda’s poem, ‘La Barcarola Termina’, a scathing indictment of the consequences of war. Alastair reflects on the poet’s thoughts and draws on many cultural influences including Vietnamese, Malaysian and Western contemporary compositional practice.

Director of Counterpoint-Italy, Professor Linda M. DiMartino Wetherill, said: “Neruda Fragments held great appeal for me, but the decision was made by consideration of all votes and Alastair’s extraordinary work.”

The competition was launched in 2009 to extend the language of music beyond regional modes or the control of any particular school of composition.

Forty composers from all over the world submitted their work to the competition which was judged by a panel of five acclaimed judges with expert knowledge of International music trends.

Alastair Greig studied composition with Oliver Knussen before entering the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has received commissions from a number of ensembles and performers including BCMG, Rolf Hind, ESO, the Lyric Quartet and Virelai and been awarded prizes in Poland, USA, Italy, Spain, France and the UK for his music.

Neruda Fragments will be premiered in New York in spring, 2015 and in Tuscany in July 2015.

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