At the final concert of the International Gaudeamus Music Week 2009, which took place in Amsterdam September 7-12, the Gaudeamus Prize was awarded to the American composer Ted Hearne (b. 1982). The award of 4,550 Euros is intended as a commission for a new work which will be performed at the 2010 International Gaudeamus Music Week.
Hearne received the prize for selected movements from Katrina Ballads, a composition performed on September 10 at the Conservatory of Amsterdam by the ensemble ‘de ereprijs’ conducted by Wim Boerman. Hearne himself was the soloist as singer. There was also an honorable mention for Toru Nakatani of Japan, whose 16_1/64_1 was performed on September 9 by Ensemble of the Conservatory of Amsterdam conducted by Jos Zwaanenburg. MORE