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ICP prize for composer Benjamin Oliver

Published: 14 December 2011

Music's Benjamin Oliver has been awarded one of three prizes at the International Composer Pyramid (ICP) 2011 for his new work 'Momentum'. The prize was given by an international jury that included Daniel D'Adamo, Piers Hellawell and Paul Edlin.

The competition, which is organised by French organisation Coups de Vent and British festival Soundwaves, took place on 10th December in Lille, France. Twelve Europe-based composers from a wide range of countries including South Korea, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Chile and Japan were selected to write new seven minute works for the ICP ensemble, conducted by French conductor Philippe Nahon. The other prize winners along with Oliver were Edmund Finnis (UK) and Victor Ibarra (Mexico). The new pieces were performed in both Lille and Canterbury during the weekend. As a prize winner from the 2010 competition Ben was automatically selected for this year's competition and now moves forward to the final year in 2012; he will be the only composer to be involved in all three years of the project.

You can hear a recording of 'Momentum' on Ben's website.

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