Chamber Orchestra Winner: Ingrid Stölzel, Genius Loci, Spirit of Place
Described “as a composer of considerable gifts” and “musically confident and bold” by NPR’s classical music critic Tom Manoff, Ingrid Stölzel enjoys performances of her music across the United States, South America, Canada and Europe. In 2011, her piano trio The Road is All was commercially released by Navona Records on the CD Claviatures and as a digital release on Fine Music Vol. 2. Ms. Stölzel received her Doctorate degree in composition at the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City. She teaches at Park University’s International Center for Music. Ms. Stölzel is a native of Germany and has resided in the United States since 1991.
For the winning composition, Genius Loci comes from the Latin “spirit of place,” referring to the unique atmosphere of a place. Composers, writers and artists throughout history have been inspired by place. Their works are not about the representation of a place but rather the distinctive residue that inspires expression. It is in this sense that Genius Loci is Ms. Stölzel’s exploration of the meaning of “place.”
Genius Loci, Spirit of Place will be performed by Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble on their concert entitled in Paradisum, into paradise, March 22nd and 24th, 2013.
Chamber Wind Ensemble Winner: Adria L. Stolk, Pear Tree
Adria Stolk is a composer and pianist originally from Dallas, Texas. After earning a business degree and working as an accountant for many years, Ms. Stolk decided that life was too short to not pursue her passion - music and composition. She returned to school, completing and undergraduate degree at Berklee College of Music in 2010 and then completing a master's degree in composition at The Boston Conservatory in 2012. She has studied with Andy Vores, Yakov Gubanov and John Bavincchi.
Ms. Stolk’s compositions are about interactions. They explore her emotional, spiritual, and cognitive responses to natural environments and human relationships. Currently her compositional interests lie in finding new ways to explore and interpret sensory and emotional stimuli through musical textures, shapes and sounds.
Pear Tree will be performed by Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble on their concert entitled The Winds, January 25th and January 26th, 2013.
Composer Judith Lang Zaimont is internationally recognized for her distinctive style, characterized by its expressive strength and dynamism. Ms. Zaimont's music is frequently played in the United States (including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center) and abroad. It is published (MMB Music, Inc., Galaxy/ ECS, Vivace, Jeanné, C. F. Peters, Lyra, Walton) and recorded (Naxos, Albany, Arabesque, Koch, Leonarda, 4-Tay) and commissioned by ensembles and solo performers world-wide. Ms. Zaimont currently lives in Maricopa, AZ.
The Elegy for String Orchestra is a wonderfully moving and skillfully crafted composition that stood out during the competition.
Arizona Pro Arte’s call for scores projects are important for several reasons, explains Timothy Verville, the Ensemble’s Artistic Director and Conductor:
“First, the Call for Scores allows us to find talented composers from around the world whom we might otherwise never discover. Second, the project allows those composers access to our highly talented musicians who will perform their works. And finally, it allows us to interject fresh ideas into our concerts, and share with our audiences some of the wonderful possibilities that new music possesses.”
For more information on attending the concerts where these pieces will be performed, please visit www.azproarte.com.