The IBLA Foundation hosts an annual international competition for musicians, both performers and composers, with prizes including performances in the world's most prestigious venues. Becker, who was the highest-scoring American overall, will perform at Carnegie Hall, New York University, and more by the merits of his achievement in the competition. This follows his recognition in the National Association of Composers USA competition for his Covenant for clarinet and piano.
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Dedicated to piano teacher great Robert Roux, the composition has been described as a "monster" of a piece by Sequenza21.com's Chris Becker (yes, a different man altogether), who goes on to say, "There’s no question Becker’s formidable piano skills have everything to do with generating the compositional material he has shaped. But there’s heart and soul in the man’s music, not just technical fireworks." The Sonata, extremely demanding for the pianist in expression and technique, shines both neo-Romantic and modern, but distinctly Becker.
The expanse in conception of Becker’s jazz- and rock-influenced Piano Sonata No.1, a work for a solo instrument, earned it a high place in the IBLA competition amongst compositions for much larger ensembles. More info can be found in the "Laureates" area of IBLA's website, http://ibla.org, while the Sonata itself can be heard in its entirety at https://soundcloud.com/
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