Christopher LaRosa named 2016 Celebrate Asia Composition Competition Winner

The Seattle Symphony’s Celebrate Asia Composition Competition invites submissions from up-and-coming composers who find inspiration and influences in Asian culture, music and traditions. After receiving numerous local, national and international submissions, the reviewing committee selected Christopher LaRosa’s The Tide Jewels as the 2017 winner. The piece will be performed by the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Shizuo Z. Kuwahara, at the Celebrate Asia concert to be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

The work describes a tale based in Japanese mythology in which the Tide Jewels control the motions of the seas. It tells the fable of Tamatori-hime, the “Princess Jewel Thief," who steals the Tide Jewels from the dragon god of the sea.

LaRosa completed his Bachelor of Music at Ithaca College and Master of Music at Boston University. During the 2012–2013 academic year, he taught as the Composition Instructor and Choir Director at IES Abroad in Vienna. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Indiana University.

The competition jury also recognized a second piece, Ladakhi Call by Aidan Gold, whose composition will receive a full orchestral reading at the first Celebrate Asia rehearsal with the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Shizuo Z. Kuwahara. Gold is a three-time participant in the Seattle Symphony’s Young Composers Workshop for pre-college-age composers and is currently studying at the University of Washington with Associate Professor of Music Huck Hodge.

Celebrate Asia is sponsored by Delta Air Lines and The Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation.

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Posted on November 30, 2016

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