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30 January 2009

Paul Lowin Prize 2009 - call for submissions

Rosalind Page and Brett Dean, winners of the 2006 Paul Lowin Prizes Image: Rosalind Page and Brett Dean, winners of the 2006 Paul Lowin Prizes  

Entries are now open for the 2009 Paul Lowin Prizes. The prestigious Orchestral Prize ($25,000) will be awarded to a work for modern chamber or symphony orchestra, while the Song Cycle Prize ($15,000) will be given to a composition suitable for chamber performance, using up to eight independent vocal lines, accompanied by up to 10 instrumental players. The first and the second highly commended works now also receive $500 and $300 in each category.

The prizes carry the name of the Czechoslovakian-born businessman and music lover Paul Lowin, who emigrated to Australia in 1939. Lowin died in Vienna in 1959, leaving behind a will outlining a plan to establish a competition for works by living Australian composers.

Since 1999, the Paul Lowin Prizes have been presented in collaboration with the Australian Music Centre, managed by Perpetual Trustees Australia Ltd. The competition is held every two to three years. Previous winners of the orchestral prize include Brett Dean (for his Viola Concerto), Liza Lim (for Ecstatic Architecture), Nigel Butterley (for Spell of Creation) and Michael Smetanin (for The Shape of Things to Pass).

The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2009 - complete guidelines and further information about the prizes are now available on the Australian Music Centre website.

Further links

As a national service organisation, the Australian Music Centre is dedicated to increasing the profile and sustainability of Australian composers and other creative artists. The AMC facilitates the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these artists through: composer and other creative artist representation and assistance; resonate – its online magazine; library and retail services; sheet music publishing; and the management, administration and publication of project-based initiatives. Its library collection holds over 30,000 items by more than 500 artists.


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