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The winners of the Plathner's Eleven Composers Competition 2010:

1st Place - Grigory Zaytsev (Russia) - "Intermezzo alla Paul Verlaine" for Piano Solo

2nd Place - Natalie Williams (Australia) - Five Bagatelles for Piano Solo

3rd Place - Vera Zaytseva (Russia) - "When the plum trees do not blossom..." for Soprano and Piano

Special Prize of Gintaras Janusevicius - Natalie Williams (Australia) - Five Bagatelles for Piano Solo


Total amount of 18 pieces took part in the competition.

Information, regarding the time of the performances of all winning pieces will be published soon.

The decision was made on October 22nd 2010 by composers Snezana Nesic and Gordon Williamson, violinist Solenne Paidassi, cellist Marcin Sieniawski, bayanist Roman Yusipey, member of the audience Jürgen Wahnschaffe, and pianist Gintaras Janusevicius.

The next competition will take place in October 2011 (for details - visit our myspace blog in may 2011).

Dear Composers from all over the world,

Plathner's Eleven of Hannover (Plathner's Eleven on MySpace Music) invites composers to collaborate for the season 2011. Four huge concerts will be given, there are lots of wonderful musicians, winners of competitions worldwide on the roster.

Being fans of the XXI Century music and great supporters of young talented composers, we invite You all for a small selection-competition (whatever You may call our humble, but fair and highly professional business). We are searching for pieces for piano solo, duo (singer or an instrument with a piano, also piano duo) or a small ensemble (2-4 traditional orchestra instruments + piano), what would not exceed 8 minutes and would be based on:

* a Book or a Novel (Comic Books also count)

* a Poem

* a Myth or a Legend

* an Historical event

This competition may not be seen as an opportunity to earn money - this is meant to be a first step, first big boost for a composer. Still being students and musicians ourself, we can not provide monetary prizes, just our skills and help. This is why there is no entrance fee here. Prizes - we will gladly perform the best pieces on our concerts, providing the recording of it on our myspace, reverbnation, facebook and youtube for audiences around the world (For more details, see Regulations below). As not all pieces are to be chosen (we also have time limits and many great composers from the past in our program...), we created a judging panel, consisting of famous musicians and composers, living in Hannover, also people from our audience - they are obliged to hear young talented creators and be as fair, as possible. Our dear audience, we are sooooo proud of, inspired us to make this call and they are already waiting to hear new ideas and learn new names.

The deadline for all the applicants is October 10th, 2010. The "verdict" is to be known by October 22nd. The application should include the musical score (.pdf format), the description and the audio file of the piece (midi, mp3, wav, ape, wma). The links to Your websites will sadly not be accepted. Also, please introduce You and Your achievements so far (few sentences are better, than nothing). There are no limits on the count of works, presented by one composer. The previous participants, including the winners, are free to apply again. There is also no entrance fee, as we don't want to profit from this competition. The applications to be sent to plathners11@yahoo.com.

We are waiting forward to hear from You. Be free to ask questions.

In the name of all the Plathners of all the times,

Gintaras Janusevicius, artistic director


The Second International Plathner’s Eleven Composers Competition has been created by Plathner’s Eleven and through the support of the School for for Music and Theater in Hanover (Germany). The competition will be held in Hanover on the 20th October 2010.

The international Jury will comprise of seven members, made known in October 2010. The jury will surely include

• One composer

• One internationally acclaimed musician, who actively supports and performs contemporary music;

• One student from the School of Music and Theater (HMT) in Hanover (Germany);

• One professor or assistent professor of the HMT Hannover

• One audience member. This jury member (with no age limit and no particular musical knowledge) will be decided through the help of a lottery;

• Gintaras Janusevicius, the artistic director of Plathner’s Eleven.

• One more member - a composer or a musician.

These variety of views should ensure the contestants that the judgement will be fair and based on very different priorities.

All decisions of the Jury are final and incontestable.

Each piece submitted for the competition shall be screened and heard twice.

The order of each screening and hearing shall be determined by the alphabetical names of the pieces.

The jurors will not be provided with any personal information of the contestants.

Each juror will be provided with the score of the piece of which only a name and description may be given.

After the first screening and hearing of each work, the jurors may not discuss their opinions or give any ratings.

After the second screening and hearing of each work, the jurors must give a rating for each piece through a point system of 1 - 10. A piece must gain a minimum of 50 points to be considered for a prize.

Not more than three works will be chosen having gained the highest amount of points and will be awarded with a certificate.

Each work will be publicly performed, professionally recorded and made available for hearing on the internet. Gintaras Janusevicius will also include the best work for piano solo in his recital program for the season 2011-2012 for at least two performances.

Made Recordings will be available for the use of the composer and Plathner’s Eleven with no copyright restrictions.

Composers may not claim any monetary reward for their work if performed by Plathner’s Eleven or on any event, organised by HMT Hannover.

The time and place of the performance of each work will be announced by the Plathner’s Eleven artistic director, Gintaras Janusevicius.

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The Jury of the Composers Competition 2010 is now complete (Updated 20.10.2010).

Gintaras Janusevicius is renowned for his tender and original interpretations; particularly that of Rachmaninoff and Chopin. He was awarded prizes and diplomas in more than ten international competitions, including the Montreal Music Competition and Ciurlionis Piano Competition. He performs throughout Europe as soloist and with the orchestras, like Lithuanian National Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Chisinau Symphony, Tallinn Symphony, Yekaterinburg Symphony etc. His concerts were organised in Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Sala Mozart in Zaragoza, Chopin House in Duszniki Zdroj, Salle Cortot in Paris, Capitulation Hall in Berlin Karlshorst, Chisinau Philharmony, Lithuanian National Philharmony etc. Gintaras founded “Plathner’s Eleven” chamber music series in Hanover in 2008 and “Plathner’s Eleven Composers Competition” in 2009.

Snežana Nešić is composer and accordionist, teacher of interpretation of the contemporary music at the University of Music and Drama in Hanover. She is a winner of numerous awards, including 1st prizes at the international competitions of Klingenthal, Citta Castelfiadardo and the Composers Competition of the Molinari Quartet. She studied under Prof. Johannes Schöllhorn (Composition) and Prof. Elsbeth Moser (Accordion). Her works were commissioned by Gewandhaus Leipzig, Molinari Quartet, Thet Ensemble, Adapter Ensemble and Ensemble Scintilla Divina, Staatsoper Hannover and Junge Kammeroper Köln.

Solenne Païdassi has been awarded many prizes in France and abroad, including the Waldo Mayo Memorial Competition in New York in 2004, the audience prize, Best rendition of the imposed work prize, and 3d prize of the Sion-Valais Competition 2006. In 2007 she won 1st prize of the II Baltic International Competition in Poland, 2nd prize of Gyeongnam Competition in Korea, as well as 1st prize and prize for the best interpretation of a piece by Lysenko at the Lysenko Competition in Ukraine. She plays a Lorenzo Ventapane Violin of 1795, awarded by the Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben Hamburg. Currently she studies by Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn in Hanover. She has performed in Tonhalle Zürich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall New York. As a soloist she has performed under the direction of such conductors as Eric Lederhandler, David Gilbert and Shlomo Mintz.

Marcin Sieniawski was born in Warsaw. He started taking cello lessons at the age of eight. After finishing his musical education in his home country Poland he first studied at the National Conservatory P. I. Tschaikowsky in Moscow and later at the University of Music and Drama in Hanover with Hatto Beyerle. Already as a youth he was laureate of several national competitions. His many concerts of chamber music took him to many countries throughout the whole world. In 1995 he was one of the founders of the Szymanowski Quartet, which has developed into one of the most exceptional international string quartets of its generation. He currently teaches chamber music at the University of Music and Drama in Hanover. Marcin Sieniawski plays a cello made by Christian Erichson in 2007.

Jürgen Wahnschaffe is the president of the Energy Club Europe. He won the lottery at the “Plathner’s Eleven” concert and represents audiences opinion in the jury.

Canadian composer Gordon Williamson's recent activities include performances by Ars Nova Copenhagen and the International Ensemble Modern Academy (DE), commissions by Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (CA) and Trio Alpha (DK), and residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Académie Musicale de Villecroze in France and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. The recipient of several awards and prizes for his work, Gordon was selected as one of five finalists for the 2009 CBC/Radio-Canada National Young Composers Prize. His work Two Inuit Folk Songs was selected for the 2009 ISCM Festival "Listen to the World", and will be performed in Visby, Sweden by the Swedish Radio Choir. Also, his work "Poco a poco..." won the 2nd prize of the "Plathner's Eleven Composers Competition 2009". His composition teachers have been Johannes Schöllhorn, Sven-David Sandström, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen, Eugene O’Brien, David Dzubay, and Dennis Farrell. In 2010 he started teaching at the University of Music and Drama in Hanover.

Roman Yusipej is one of the most outstanding Ukrainian musicians of our times. Many composers from Ukraine and abroad dedicate works to him. He is a prize winner of numerous competitions, including Premio di Montese in Italy and Golden Accordion in USA. Roman is a creator of international projects of contemporary music, among those – “Bayan Extreme”, “De Profundis – Sofia Gubaidulina” and “ONLY YOUsipej”. Currently he is a postgraduate student of Prof. Elsbeth Moser in Hanover. Apart of his musical abilities, Roman also made his name as a remarkable musical critic, writing articles for a major count of newspapers in Ukraine, Lithuania and other countries.

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