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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.

For any additional inquiries, please contact us at competition@gilgamesh.co.com

Winners

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Tomasz Skweres

1st place

From Regensburg, Germany

$1500

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Mohammad Javaheri

3rd place

From Tehran, Iran

$350

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Mate Balogh

5th place

From Budapest, Hungary

Performance of the piece

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David Roche

7th place

From Cambridge, UK

Performance of the piece

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Mischa Tangian

9th place

From Berlin, Germany

Performance of the piece

Hendrik Hofmeyr - Cape Town, South Afric

Hendrik Hofmeyr

The best piece composed for Duduk

Cape Town, South Africa

A Duduk from Armenia

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Rojin Monibi

2nd place

From Tehran, Iran

$750

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Myrto Nizami

4th place

From Den Haag, Netherlands

Performance of the piece

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Emir Can Pehlivan

6th place

From Istanbul, Turkey

Performance of the piece

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Andrew Lovett

8th place

From Princeton, NJ, USA

Performance of the piece

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Payman Mansouri

10th place

From Tehran, Iran

Performance of the piece

* ​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.

Composers

Anahita Zandian - Iran, Tehran

Anahita Zandian - Iran, Tehran

YoungJun Lee - Seoul, South Korea

YoungJun Lee - Seoul, South Korea

Tomasz Skweres - Regensburg, Germany

Tomasz Skweres - Regensburg, Germany

Yasmin Pezeshki - Tehran, Iran

Yasmin Pezeshki - Tehran, Iran

Przemysław Pacek - Warsaw, Poland

Przemysław Pacek - Warsaw, Poland

Vsevolod Sarandov - Siberia, Russia

Vsevolod Sarandov - Siberia, Russia

Sweeny Betsargis - Turlock, USA

Sweeny Betsargis - Turlock, USA

Taner Kemirtek - Glasgow, Scotland

Taner Kemirtek - Glasgow, Scotland

Taishi Ohira -  Hiroshima, Japan

Taishi Ohira - Hiroshima, Japan

Shayan Notash - Tehran, Iran

Shayan Notash - Tehran, Iran

Shayaan Sepehrmand - Tehran, Iran

Shayaan Sepehrmand - Tehran, Iran

Shahriar Sharifpour - Bruxelles, Belgium

Shahriar Sharifpour - Bruxelles, Belgium

Saeed Shadfar - Hamedan, Iran

Saeed Shadfar - Hamedan, Iran

Sara Nasimi - Tehran, Iran

Sara Nasimi - Tehran, Iran

Samir Tima - Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Samir Tima - Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Sakiko Kosaka - Tokyo, Japan

Sakiko Kosaka - Tokyo, Japan

Rastin Hastiparast - Hamedan, Iran

Rastin Hastiparast - Hamedan, Iran

Reza Kazazi - Tehran, Iran

Reza Kazazi - Tehran, Iran

Rojin Monibi - Tehran, Iran

Rojin Monibi - Tehran, Iran

Reza Mortazavi - Tehran, Iran

Reza Mortazavi - Tehran, Iran

Mischa Tangian -  Berlin, Germany

Mischa Tangian - Berlin, Germany

Payman Mansouri - Tehran, Iran

Payman Mansouri - Tehran, Iran

Rachael Kim - Sammamish, Washington

Rachael Kim - Sammamish, Washington

kiarash Aramian - Neyshabur, Iran

kiarash Aramian - Neyshabur, Iran

Nora Shapes Tickle - Leeds, England

Nora Shapes Tickle - Leeds, England

Parsa Riahi - Tehran, Iran

Parsa Riahi - Tehran, Iran

Orkun Zafer Ozgelen - Istanbul, Turkey

Orkun Zafer Ozgelen - Istanbul, Turkey

Mohammad H. Javaheri - Tehran, Iran

Mohammad H. Javaheri - Tehran, Iran

Myrto Nizami - Den Haag, Netherlands

Myrto Nizami - Den Haag, Netherlands

Mate Balogh - Budapest, Hungary

Mate Balogh - Budapest, Hungary

Mohammad Ali jokar - Shiraz, Iran

Mohammad Ali jokar - Shiraz, Iran

Mohammad Farjamian - Ghazvin, Iran

Mohammad Farjamian - Ghazvin, Iran

Mohamadreza Majidi - Tehran, Iran

Mohamadreza Majidi - Tehran, Iran

John Baxter - Miami FL, USA

John Baxter - Miami FL, USA

Michael Dougherty - Michigan, USA

Michael Dougherty - Michigan, USA

Matin Habibian - Tehran, Iran

Matin Habibian - Tehran, Iran

Mark Samberg - Chicago, Illinois, USA

Mark Samberg - Chicago, Illinois, USA

Matheus Souza de Freitas - Rio de Janeir

Matheus Souza de Freitas - Rio de Janeir

Jacopo Bonora - Scapoli, Italy

Jacopo Bonora - Scapoli, Italy

Levy Barlevy - Los Angeles, USA

Levy Barlevy - Los Angeles, USA

Marinus Degenkamp - Markelo, Netherlands

Marinus Degenkamp - Markelo, Netherlands

Manos Stratis - Nicosia, Cyprus

Manos Stratis - Nicosia, Cyprus

Katerina Karpenko - Moscow, Russia

Katerina Karpenko - Moscow, Russia

Jeremy Hart - Cape Town, South Africa

Jeremy Hart - Cape Town, South Africa

José Jesus de Azevedo Souza - Paço de Ar

José Jesus de Azevedo Souza - Paço de Ar

Jingchao Wang - Austin, USA

Jingchao Wang - Austin, USA

Jiwon Seo - South Korea

Jiwon Seo - South Korea

Ji-Hyun Moon - Seoul, South Korea

Ji-Hyun Moon - Seoul, South Korea

Jean-Emmanuel Filet - Talence, France

Jean-Emmanuel Filet - Talence, France

Jee Seo - Karkow, Poland

Jee Seo - Karkow, Poland

Eunhye Joo - South Korea

Eunhye Joo - South Korea

Jean-Pierre Vial - Cavalaire, France

Jean-Pierre Vial - Cavalaire, France

Hendrik Hofmeyr - Cape Town, South Afric

Hendrik Hofmeyr - Cape Town, South Afric

Janghyun Kim - Louisiana, USA

Janghyun Kim - Louisiana, USA

Jack Szczuka - North Carolina, USA

Jack Szczuka - North Carolina, USA

Hosein Fouladchi - Tehran, Iran

Hosein Fouladchi - Tehran, Iran

Italo Crudele - Pontecagnano Faiano, Ita

Italo Crudele - Pontecagnano Faiano, Ita

Inessa Volkova - Tallin, Estonia

Inessa Volkova - Tallin, Estonia

Farzad Hosseinabadi - Isfahan, Iran

Farzad Hosseinabadi - Isfahan, Iran

Helder Oliveira - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Helder Oliveira - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Gabriel Mălăncioiu - Dumbravita, Romania

Gabriel Mălăncioiu - Dumbravita, Romania

Gabriel Xavier - São Paulo, Brazil

Gabriel Xavier - São Paulo, Brazil

Florence Maunders - Newbury, UK

Florence Maunders - Newbury, UK

Farshid Farahani - Tehran, Iran

Farshid Farahani - Tehran, Iran

Brian Field - Fairfield CT, USA

Brian Field - Fairfield CT, USA

Carlos Cerrada Cuesta - Alcobendas, Spai

Carlos Cerrada Cuesta - Alcobendas, Spai

Alireza Khodayari - Ghazvin, Iran

Alireza Khodayari - Ghazvin, Iran

Emir Can Pehlivan - Istanbul, Turkey

Emir Can Pehlivan - Istanbul, Turkey

David Roche - Cambridge, UK

David Roche - Cambridge, UK

Bo Li - Beijing, China

Bo Li - Beijing, China

Babak Saeedi Samani - Tehran, Iran

Babak Saeedi Samani - Tehran, Iran

Ata Ghavidel - Tehran, Iran

Ata Ghavidel - Tehran, Iran

Bahman Nasirfar - Hollywood, USA

Bahman Nasirfar - Hollywood, USA

Alexander Eichmann - Hürtgenwald, German

Alexander Eichmann - Hürtgenwald, German

Aurés Moussong - Mexico City, Mexico

Aurés Moussong - Mexico City, Mexico

Arefeh Hekmatpanah - Tehran, Iran

Arefeh Hekmatpanah - Tehran, Iran

Anuj Bhutani - Houston, Texas, USA

Anuj Bhutani - Houston, Texas, USA

Andrew Robinson - California, USA Dublin

Andrew Robinson - California, USA Dublin

Ali A'raab - Esfahan, Iran

Ali A'raab - Esfahan, Iran

Andrew Lovett - Princeton NJ, USA

Andrew Lovett - Princeton NJ, USA

Our Team

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Du Yun

Jury

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.

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Thomas Kotcheff

Jury

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.

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Arshia Samsaminia

Jury

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. 

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Honiball Joseph

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.

Guidelines

Theme

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.

Guidelines

  • 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.

  • Entry fee A non-refundable entry fee of fifteen US dollars (15.00 USD) is paid online at the time of submission via PayPal. Please contact us if you don't have access to PayPal.*

  • 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.

Submission

  • 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)

Awards

  • 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.

Deadline

  • Competition Opens: Monday, April 13, 2020

  • Scores Due: Friday, January 1, 2021

  • Announcement of Performance Winners: Spring 2021

  • Performance & Final Prize Announcement: Spring, 2021

Additional Documents