PhD candidate Andrew Filson was recently announced as the winner of the Korea National University of Arts International Composition Competition for one of his pieces.
The Korea National University of Arts International Composition Competition aims to discover a variety of creative works that combine Eastern and Western instruments based on traditional Korean music, pioneering the way for traditional Korean music to enter the world stage. It is designed to promote international exchange and build a global network. The competition is open to all living composers, with no limitation as to age or nationality, with the exception of previous award winners.
For the competition, composers submitted works for one to five players with the requirement that at least one Korean traditional instrument was used. The first round was judged by professors at Korea National University of Arts and other professionals, and the selected seven works were presented in concert on 8/31/2021 for the final round. The top three winners were awarded prizes in addition to their works being included in the K’Arts International Music Festival. Filson’s work for sanjo gayageum and piano, Longing, was awarded first place.