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Maria Kõrvits victory in the 63rd International Rostrum of Composers

Young Estonian composer`s Maria Kõrvits composition “Langedes ülespoole, taeva kaarjasse kaussi” (“Falling up into the bowl of sky”) won the first prize in the category of composers under 30 at the 63rd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Wroclaw, from May 16 to 21.

Maria Kõrvits began her composition studies at the Tallinn Music High School, but from 2006–2012 she studied composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Maria has taken part in several masterclasses with Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Ole Lützow-Holm, Adriana Hölzky, Louis Andriessen, Rafael Reina and many others.

Kõrvits mainly writes ensemble works and choral music, but she has also created music for dance performances, films, installations and exhibitions. Her works were performed at the Autumn Festival of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Estonian Music Days Festival, as well as in Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Finland and Canada.

Kõrvit`s composition was commissioned by the 2016 Estonian Music Days Festival. Focusing on the new works by Estonian composers, the annual event’s central theme this time was “Green Sound?”. For Maria Kõrvits, the aforementioned subject expresses itself in the perpetual cycle of germination and decay, accompanying us all throughout our lives. “Falling up into the bowl of sky” is first and foremost associated with a process of disinteg­ration, with certain fragility, with new growths springing from decay.

The International Rostrum of Composers is organized by the International Music Council.  It is an international forum of representatives of broadcasting organizations who come together for the purpose of exchanging and broadcasting contemporary art music. Currently, over 30 national radio networks participate in the Rostrum presenting some 60 works composed within the five years preceding the Rostrum.

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