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Bowdoin Festival Student Wins Composition Competition

May 19, 2015

Bowdoin Festival Student Wins Composition Competition


Stanford University Graduate Wins Cash Prize, 2015 Premiere

BRUNSWICK – Composer Marc Evans has won the Bowdoin International Music Festival’s eighth annual student composition competition. Mr. Evans will receive a $1,000 award, and his work, Romance? for viola and piano, will receive its world premiere in the 2015 Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, held July 30 through August 2.

Marc Evans (b. 1988) has been a composer and musician from a young age. He received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, studying composition with Jarosław Kapuściński. His strong interest in computers and interactivity led him to continue on at Stanford to pursue a master's degree in Music, Science, and Technology. Mr. Evans is also a pianist and has studied with Thomas Schultz at Stanford and Charles Asche at UC Santa Barbara.

Evans is currently completing his second year in the composition PhD program at UC Santa Barbara, where he is the recipient of a Chancellor's Fellowship and studies composition with Clarence Barlow and Joel Feigin. In addition to being present for his Gamper Festival premiere, Evans will attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival as a composition student with Derek Bermel.

The 2015 Gamper Festival will take place July 30 and August 1 and 2 in Studzinski Recital Hall at Bowdoin College. This season’s programs will focus on three themes: Young Voices, American Stories, and works From Distant Shores.

Since its founding in 1965, the Gamper Festival has provided early performance opportunities for gifted young composers such as 1993 Prix de Rome and 2007 Grawemeyer Award recipient Sebastian Currier and 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis.

The Bowdoin Festival’s annual student composition competition is announced each year in early winter. It is open to all students under the age of thirty-five. Entries are judged anonymously by the Festival’s composition and instrumental faculty. For more information, visit bowdoinfestival.org.

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