We are pleased to announce Nicolas Khan (France) as the winner of the first EuroStrings Composition Competition.
His prize-winning work, a set of miniatures, is entitled Les Arcanes.
Sergio Assad, an EuroStrings ambassador and member of the competition jury, describes them as appealing ‘directly to our subconsciousness as classical guitarists. This set of miniatures echoes sounds that are embedded in our memories.’
As winner, Khan receives a cash prize of 1500€,
an HD video recording published on the EuroStrings channel by EuroStrings Editions
The winning work will be played in the US and Asia by the winner of the EuroStrings Guitar Competition 2018/19, be performed in a minimum of 6 countries across Europe and be premiered at the Musikverein, Vienna during the International Guitar Festival Rust in Austria on 18th April be the set piece in the final of the 2nd EuroStrings Guitar Competition in London as part of the International Guitar Foundation’s Guitar Summit (18th – 21stJuly 2019)
The jury consisted of David Pavlovitts, Stephen Goss, Brian Head, Nina Šenk and Sergio Assad. The competition received 57 entries from 22 countries around the globe. The competition was set up to encourage new repertoire for the classical guitar and to promote emerging composers of any age whose works have not yet gained international recognition. The compositions submitted from the other finalists and semi-finalists will also be published by EuroStrings Editions.
The semi-finalists are: Mickael Luis (Netherlands) Lukáš Sommer (Czech Republic) Rafael Marino Arcaro (UK) Fotis Koutsothodoros (Greece) Mauro Godoy Villalobos (Sweden) Daniele Fabio (Italy)
Maja Matić (Netherlands) Matic Smolnikar (Slovenia)
INNOVATIVE ONLINE VOTING SYSTEM
EuroStrings has created an objective and anonymous voting platform. It is a secure, cloud based, mobile friendly and easy to use app. It is currently being developed for use by any competition/festival to ensure a fair voting system for competitors.
ABOUT THE WINNER
Guitar player, teacher and composer, Nicolas Kahn received his Bachelor of Music from Sorbonne University (music and musicology) and his Master’s degree (musicology) from the EHESS Paris, where he worked on the creative process in music.
He studied classical guitar with James Szura at the Metz Conservatory of Music and Gerard Abiton at the Orléans Conservatory of music. He gained degrees in solo and ensemble performance with distinction as well as a teacher’s diploma. During his studies he attended masterclasses with guitarists such as Atanas Ourkouzounov, Roberto Aussel and Claudio Marcotulli.
With his Kantiga Alteli ensemble (voice, guitar, violin and percussion) Nicolas Kahn released an EP in 2013 and a full album in 2017. The ensemble gives concerts around France and Europe and won the international Den Bosch Toonzaal prize in Amsterdam.
As a composer his works have been published by leading publisher ‘Les productions d’Oz’ in Quebec. Based in Paris, he divides his time between teaching, performing and composition.
QUOTES FROM THE JURY
Sergio Assad: ‘Les Arcanes appeals directly to our subconsciousness as classical guitarists. This set of miniatures echoes sounds that are embedded in our memories.’
Nina Šenk: ‘Nicolas Khan creates a beautiful atmosphere and, more importantly, a sublime fusion of diverse musical elements throughout these miniatures.’
Stephen Goss: ‘In Les Arcanes, Nicolas Khan successfully harmonises imagination, technique, and idiom in equal measure. He achieves an impressive balance between craft and ideas, tradition and subversion.’
Brian Head: ‘Les Arcanes creates a vivid imaginary landscape and allows the performer unusual agency in constructing the form.’
David Pavlovitts: ‘The 1st EuroStrings Composition Contest had a very high professional level, with a unanimous decision of the jury for the winner, Les Arcanes by Nicolas Khan.’