Mexican wins 60k Swiss prize

Víctor Ibarra, 38, has won the first Basel Composition Competition, chaired by Georg Friedrich Haas with a prize of 60,000 Swiss francs.

Haas cited the ‘exciting harmonic world’ invented by Ibarra. The award commemorates the new-music maecenas Paul Sacher.

Second prize (SFr25,000) went to the Itaiian Pasquale Corrado, third prize (SFr15,000) was awarded to South Hannah Hanbiel Choi from South Korea.

Interview here.

 

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  • For who may be suffering from some doubts about Mr Haas’ understanding of ‘exciting harmonic worlds’:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vr8vM9HtIY

    But let us not forget the 2nd and 3rd prize:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtLZxiPx9zo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2ycXyG-YtM

    As we know, the Best new music is the music which best expresses contemporary concerns, which best reflects time and place in which we live. I think things are not so good in Mexico and Italy, but in S-Korea they seem to slightly better, either because it is a more friendy place or because the female ear and eye are less inhumane.

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