Check out 'Encore!' about the 2nd Keuris Composers Contest and read an intermezzo about 1st prize winner Alice Hong.
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Newsletter #9 - July 2016

In this last Newsletter before the summer break we gladly tell you about the successful 2nd edition of the Keuris Composers Contest. The winner of the 1st prize in composing for youth orchestra and the audience award, Alice Hong, is featured in our ‘Intermezzo’.
The MatchingArts Collective is looking back on a wonderful season with a lot of beautiful new music and we’re very much looking forward to continue this in September! We wish you all a warm and inspirational summer!


As the name already suggests: MatchingArts Collective is a collective! Therefore we would like to feature your compositions, concerts, concert reviews and other content in our newsletter. Every month we pick out some of your events and highlight them in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Other content can be send to us by email.
Don’t forget to place your concerts and events in the MatchingArts Collective Events Calendar! Events placed in our calendar will also be highlighted on Facebook, Twitter en in the newsletter.
Featured compositions
Every month we'll put one of the MatchingArts members in the spotlight and tell you something about them. 

Intermezzo with Alice Hong
Meet Alice Hong: the winner of the first prize and the audience award in the category Youth Orchestra during the 2nd Keuris Composers Contest!
Alice won those prizes with her composition ‘Phoenix’: "‘Phoenix’ is about the life of a phoenix bird, a mythical bird that represents reincarnation. It is born and reborn from it’s own ashes, as when it is time to die, it bursts into flames. For me the bird represents freedom and leads to a colorful life, but also shows a sense of wisdom as it peacefully decides when it’s time has come to an end."
Alice started composing at the age of 9, and then composed a piano piece in three movements – ‘Mystic Trilogy’. Her piano teacher jokingly challenged her to orchestrate it and with his help in scoring and notating she had an orchestra piece two months later. The piece was premiered when Alice was 11!
Alice just finished her Master degree in Violin Performance at Rice Universities’ Sheperd School of Music and she’ll be studying at the University of Toronto for her Doctorate of Musical Arts in the fall of 2016.
Unfortunately Alice couldn’t attend the finals of the Keuris Composers Contest but she’s very grateful to the Amersfoort Youth Orchestra and hopes we felt her joy all the way across the world!
Curious to hear ‘Phoenix’? Listen to an excerpt here.
Do you want to know more about Alice? Please visit her website.

Encore! (By Henry Kelder)

2nd Keuris Composers Contest, May 21 in De Flint, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

For the Keuris Composers Contest, an initiative from and organised by MatchingArts, composers from all over the world of any age were invited to write compositions for symphony orchestra and ensemble.

Prize winners 2nd Keuris Composers Contest
during Final Concert May 21, 2016 in de Flint, Amersfoort, The Netherlands:

Category Ensemble
Keuris (1st) Prize € 1250: Jack Stone (United Kingdom , 1992) with Flight of Icarus
2nd Prize € 750: Hu Xiao (China, 1957) with Native Style
3rd Prize € 500: YoungWoo Yoo (South Korea, 1983) with Trio

Public Prize / Audience Award: Hu Xiao

Category Youth Symphony Orchestra
Keuris (1st) Prize € 1250: Alice Hong (United States, 1992) with Phoenix
2nd Prize € 750: Larry Tuttle (United States, 1955) with By Steam or by Dream
3rd Prize € 500: Danny de Graan (The Netherlands, 1973) with ZAP!

Public Prize / Audience Award: Alice Hong

Amersfoorts Jeugdorkest, led by Rolf Buijs

Keuris Ensemble:
Maria Du Toit, clarinet
Joris van den Berg, cello
Henry Kelder, piano

The Keuris Competition invited composers of all ages and nationalities to take part at the 2nd Keuris Composers Contest with compositions for the youth. The task was to write challenging pieces, but at the same time accessible, not too difficult and playable for the youthful advanced amateur.

There are two categories:
1) youth symphony orchestra
2) ensemble, existing of clarinet, cello and piano

The musicians of the Keuris Ensemble will rotate with youthful prize winners of the Keuris Audition Day. The young musicians will be coached by the professionals and they will rehearse the selected compositions for the Final Concert together. A unique experience.

For this 2nd edition 70 compositions were submitted. The composers came from all over the world: China, Japan, South-Korea, Iran, United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Chili, Russia, Latvia, Finland, Norway, Danmark, United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, Romania, Germany, France, Belgium and The Netherlands.

The youngest participant was 15 and the oldest 85 years old. Five composers sent in two pieces and there were 50 male and 15 female composers. 
The MatchingArts Collective newsletter is open for input from alle members. Did you attend a concert, play a newly written work, do you organise an interesting festival, hear about a composers contest or just want to share a thought? Feel free to send an email to
Highlighted Events August

4: Kelder 2nd Saxophone Concerto - Trakai, Lithuania (Concert)
21: Na de Stilte
 - Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands (Concert)

For more events, check our calendar!

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Did you attend a concert with pieces by MA-C members and do you feel like sharing your experience? Or are you a musician and are you planning to play pieces by our members? Please send an email and we would love to get in touch with you!
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