Oscar Bianchi Wins Gaudeamus Prize

Oscar Bianchi
Oscar Bianchi

The winner of this year’s Gaudeamus Prize is Italian-born composer Oscar Bianchi, for his composition Primordia Rerum. Currently a doctorial student at Columbia University, Bianchi received €4550, intended as a commission for a new work to be performed at the 2006 edition of the International Gaudeamus Music Week. The jury, consisting of Hans Koolmees (The Netherlands), Isao Matsushita (Japan), and Alvin Curran (United States), also awarded two honorable mentions: Andrea Agostini (Italy) for his tape piece Funus, and Dai Fujikura (Japan) for his chamber piece Fifth Station. Both composers are invited to propose a new or recent work for performance during next year’s festival.