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Luis Ramirez wins the 2018 Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition

Luis Ramirez wins the 2018 Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition

October 25, 2017
Prairie

Luis Ramirez wins the 2018 Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition

The Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region (CMCPR) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 CMCPR Emerging Composer Competition is Luis Ramirez for his work, Chido. As part of his prize, Mr. Ramirez is invited to participate in the Winnipeg Symphony Composer Institute during the Winnipeg New Music Festival, which runs January 27 – February 2, 2018 headlined by Philip Glass. The winning composition will be premiered by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Mickelthwate, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

The composer commented on his win: “It is such a tremendous honour to have been selected as the winner of the Emerging Composers Competition award. This is a crucial milestone for my musical career, and I am truly grateful for your decision. Thank you, I hope this program continues to support emerging composers for many subsequent years.”

Mr. Ramirez earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and subsequently his Master of Music degree in Piano in 2016 with Alexander Tselyakov at Brandon University. He recently obtained his second master’s degree in Composition, with Dr. Patrick Carrabré at the same institution, and is currently based in Brandon, MB.

CMC Prairie Regional Director John Reid said, “2018 is the 16th annual iteration of the competition and some of your previous winners have gone on to important careers in prestigious positions such as university teaching jobs in composition and composer-in-residence with major Canadian orchestras — take for example: Vincent Ho (past Composer-In-Residence, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; current New Music Advisor, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra), Abigail Richardson (Composer-in-Residence, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra), Andrew Staniland (Memorial University in St John’s, Newfoundland), and Jocelyn Morlock (Composer-in-Residence, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra). It is clear that this contest has become an important stepping stone for emerging Prairie composers.”

The panelists for the 2018 CMCPR Emerging Composer Competition were:

• T. Patrick Carrabré, Associate Composer, Canadian Music Centre
• Alexander Mickelthwate, WSO Music Director & WNMF Artistic Director
• Julian Pellicano, WSO Resident Conductor
• Harry Stafylakis, WSO Composer-in-Residence & WNMF Festival Director

For further information, please contact John Reid, Prairie Regional Director, Canadian Music Centre (403) 220-7403 or jreid@musiccentre.ca.