2021 Gilgamesh International Composition Competition
The Gilgamesh International Composition Competition 2021 is now closed. We want to thank the many entries received from around the world including Canada, China, Cyprus, England, Estonia, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the United States of America, among others.
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* Entries must be submitted and paid for online by Wednesday, December 31, 2021, 11:59 PM PST.
* If the entry fee is a barrier for submission, please contact us. we will work with your personal situation to ensure admission to the competition.
Anahita Zandian - Iran, Tehran
YoungJun Lee - Seoul, South Korea
Tomasz Skweres - Regensburg, Germany
Yasmin Pezeshki - Tehran, Iran
Przemysław Pacek - Warsaw, Poland
Vsevolod Sarandov - Siberia, Russia
Sweeny Betsargis - Turlock, USA
Taner Kemirtek - Glasgow, Scotland
Taishi Ohira - Hiroshima, Japan
Shayan Notash - Tehran, Iran
Shayaan Sepehrmand - Tehran, Iran
Shahriar Sharifpour - Bruxelles, Belgium
Saeed Shadfar - Hamedan, Iran
Sara Nasimi - Tehran, Iran
Samir Tima - Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Sakiko Kosaka - Tokyo, Japan
Rastin Hastiparast - Hamedan, Iran
Reza Kazazi - Tehran, Iran
Rojin Monibi - Tehran, Iran
Reza Mortazavi - Tehran, Iran
Mischa Tangian - Berlin, Germany
Payman Mansouri - Tehran, Iran
Rachael Kim - Sammamish, Washington
kiarash Aramian - Neyshabur, Iran
Nora Shapes Tickle - Leeds, England
Parsa Riahi - Tehran, Iran
Orkun Zafer Ozgelen - Istanbul, Turkey
Mohammad H. Javaheri - Tehran, Iran
Myrto Nizami - Den Haag, Netherlands
Mate Balogh - Budapest, Hungary
Mohammad Ali jokar - Shiraz, Iran
Mohammad Farjamian - Ghazvin, Iran
Mohamadreza Majidi - Tehran, Iran
John Baxter - Miami FL, USA
Michael Dougherty - Michigan, USA
Matin Habibian - Tehran, Iran
Mark Samberg - Chicago, Illinois, USA
Matheus Souza de Freitas - Rio de Janeir
Jacopo Bonora - Scapoli, Italy
Levy Barlevy - Los Angeles, USA
Marinus Degenkamp - Markelo, Netherlands
Manos Stratis - Nicosia, Cyprus
Katerina Karpenko - Moscow, Russia
Jeremy Hart - Cape Town, South Africa
José Jesus de Azevedo Souza - Paço de Ar
Jingchao Wang - Austin, USA
Jiwon Seo - South Korea
Ji-Hyun Moon - Seoul, South Korea
Jean-Emmanuel Filet - Talence, France
Jee Seo - Karkow, Poland
Eunhye Joo - South Korea
Jean-Pierre Vial - Cavalaire, France
Hendrik Hofmeyr - Cape Town, South Afric
Janghyun Kim - Louisiana, USA
Jack Szczuka - North Carolina, USA
Hosein Fouladchi - Tehran, Iran
Italo Crudele - Pontecagnano Faiano, Ita
Inessa Volkova - Tallin, Estonia
Farzad Hosseinabadi - Isfahan, Iran
Helder Oliveira - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gabriel Mălăncioiu - Dumbravita, Romania
Gabriel Xavier - São Paulo, Brazil
Florence Maunders - Newbury, UK
Farshid Farahani - Tehran, Iran
Brian Field - Fairfield CT, USA
Carlos Cerrada Cuesta - Alcobendas, Spai
Alireza Khodayari - Ghazvin, Iran
Emir Can Pehlivan - Istanbul, Turkey
David Roche - Cambridge, UK
Bo Li - Beijing, China
Babak Saeedi Samani - Tehran, Iran
Ata Ghavidel - Tehran, Iran
Bahman Nasirfar - Hollywood, USA
Alexander Eichmann - Hürtgenwald, German
Aurés Moussong - Mexico City, Mexico
Arefeh Hekmatpanah - Tehran, Iran
Anuj Bhutani - Houston, Texas, USA
Andrew Robinson - California, USA Dublin
Ali A'raab - Esfahan, Iran
Andrew Lovett - Princeton NJ, USA
Du Yun is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, activist, and curator for new music, who works at the intersection of orchestral, opera, chamber music, theatre, cabaret, musical theater, oral tradition, public performances, sound installation, electronics, visual arts, and noise. She won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her opera Angel's Bone, and was a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.
Thomas Kotcheff is a Los Angeles based composer and pianist. His music has been described as “truly beautiful and inspired” and “explosive." His compositions have been performed internationally by The Riot Ensemble, New York Youth Symphony, wild Up, Sandbox Percussion, Trio Appassionata, Argus Quartet, Lyris Quartet, HOCKET, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble amongst others.
Arshia is an Iranian contemporary classical composer and current PhD candidate at Aristotle University. He has studied at the Sibelius Academy, UDK Berlin, Gothenburg Academy, TSC Georgia and Estonian Academy of Music. His compositions have been performed by Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Garage, Ensemble Klart, among others, and has been featured in festivals internationally.
CEO at Gilgamesh Foundation
Honiball Joseph is a composer, conductor, and pianist, with more than thirty years of extensive international experience in music and art. He graduated from Tehran Music Conservatory and Tehran Azad Art University. He is the founder and current CEO of Gilgamesh Art & Culture Foundation and the visionary behind the Gilgamesh Composition Competition. Honiball is passionate about helping high quality art become more accessible to the community.
George N. Gianopoulos
Competition Artistic Director
George N. Gianopoulos is a Los Angeles based composer. His music has been performed throughout the world and has been commissioned by The Glendale Philharmonic, The Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles, The Symbiosis Ensemble, and The Helix Collective, among others. He has been awarded by the American Viola Society, Boston Metro Opera, Aurora Borealis Duo and his music has been performed by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Symphony.
The Epic of Gilgamesh, from ancient Mesopotamia, begins with five Sumerian poems about Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, dating from the Third Dynasty of Ur (c. 2100 BC). The Epic is recorded on a set of twelve clay tablets dating to the seventh century BC, found in the Library of Ashurbanipal in the Assyrian capital of Nineveh. Gilgamesh became the hero par excellence of the ancient world—an adventurous, brave, but tragic figure symbolizing man's vain but endless drive for fame, glory, and immortality. We are looking for chamber music that is inspired by the story of Gilgamesh and Assyrian culture.
Eligibility Any composer regardless of age, nationality or professional level is eligible.
Instrumentation Full scores of any style or aesthetic direction for 1-8 performers may be submitted. One Instrument per player: Flute (Piccolo), B-flat Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), French Horn, Violin, Cello, Harp, Percussion (List of available percussion instruments) & Duduk.
Duration 5-8 minutes maximum; multi-movement works accepted.
Limit Unlimited entries allowed; Submission Fee for each additional
Anonymous Submission The composer's name must not appear on the score or in any accompanying materials submitted online.
Judges A panel of judges consisting of international composers.
Format Anonymous PDF; Works do not need to be premieres
Audio Recording Live Performance, Studio Recording or MIDI, preferred, but not mandatory
Biography PDF of a bio and/or resume (two pages maximum)
1st Place: $1500
2nd Place: $750
3rd Place: $350
Additional awards 8 pieces will be performed and recorded (audio and video) at the event in Los Angeles, California. Additional awards and performances may be given at the discretion of the judges.
Competition Opens: Monday, April 13, 2020
Scores Due: Friday, January 1, 2021
Announcement of Performance Winners: Spring 2021
Performance & Final Prize Announcement: Spring, 2021