Jukka Tiensuu and Keeril Makan Win Hultgren Solo Cello Works Competition
The winners of the 2003 Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial competition for composers, announced in September, are Jukka Tiensuu and Keeril Makan. Tiensuu's Oddjob for cello and electronics won the $1,000 Birmingham Prize and split the $1,000 Atlanta Prize with Makan's Zones d'accord for cello solo. Makan’s Zones d'accord also won the $500 Tuscaloosa Prize. Cellist and avant-garde music advocate Craig Hultgren—a member of the Alabama Symphony, the Chagall Trio, and the newly formed Luna Nova—presented the program of seven cello works, all finalists in the competition at these venues: in the Birmingham Museum of Art on July 29, at the University of Alabama on September 13, and at Georgia State University on September 17. The seven finalists were selected from 100 submissions from 14 different countries. The Biennial was open to submissions by living composers of music for solo cello or for cello and electronics. The audience at each concert voted to select the winners.