Posted By kerryturner on August 28, 2007
I am delighted to announce that my work entitled “Rhapsody” for nonet has been awarded the “Special Mention” prize at the 2007 IBLA Grand Prize World Music Competition. The IBLA competition was founded in honor of the International Christopher Columbus Festival 1492-1992, “celebrating the Quincentennial of the Discovery of America and the United Nations 1993 Year of the Indigenous People”. The competition is open not only to composers, but to all instrumentalists as well, both as soloists and in ensembles. The finals took place in Ragusa Ibla in Italy. Most of the competitors were pianists and violinists and the entries, several hundred(!)of them, came literally from all over the world. On the official website of the competition (www.ibla.org) it appears that “Rhapsody” was awarded the highest prize for a composer.
“Rhapsody”, a nonet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello and contrabass was composed in 2002, a commission by Mr. Maarten Hudig. I consider the work to be one of my absolute finest achievements and there is a fantastic recording of it on the CD “Chamber Music of Kerry Turner- Rotterdam Philharmonic Chamber Players” (MSR Classics MS 1186).