Piano Composition Competition

Judges

Andrey Komanetsky

Andrey Komanetsky was born in Moscow, Russia in 1965. He received a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance (studied with Nina Svetlanova), and Master’s degree in composition (studied with Nils Vigeland) from the Manhattan School of Music (NY). He is the first-prize winner of the 2005 International Composition Competition for Piano Trio (Austria). His winning work Affinity to Movement was designated by the judging panel to be the compulsory piece, alongside a piano trio of Franz Schubert, for the participants in the piano trio category of the 6th International Competition “Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne” (Austria). It was performed in the Kammermusiksaal, and the Stefaniensaal at the Graz Convention Center in Austria in February 2006. Affinity to Movement received its world premiere in the Embassy of Japan in Belgium in January 2006. Mr. Komanetsky was also a prizewinner in the 2001 Discover America Competition for New American Chamber Works (Chicago), with his 12 Preludes for Piano Trio premiered by the Chicago Ensemble. His other compositions have been performed in Asia, Europe, and in the United States. His composition The Juggler was nominated as a compulsory piece for the Third Alberti Piano Competition (Jakarta, Indonesia 2012) and a special prize was established in his name.

Mr. Komanetsky has had numerous collections of piano solo pieces published by the Willis Music Company (KY), distributed by Hal Leonard International Corporation, and The FJH Music Company Inc. His pedagogic compositions are hailed by the Music Teachers National Association as “substantive and realistic challenges that promote musical and technical growth. . . and evoke some of the most effective pedagogical works of Bartok and Kabalevsk.” Mr. Komanetsky is also an active pianist, performing frequently in concerts in the tri-state areas of NY, NJ, and CT. He was the artistic director and pianist-in-residence of the Telesis Contemporary Ensemble (NYC) from 2000 to 2002. He is the music director, organist, and choir director at the Roman Catholic Church of Saint John in the Bronx, NY. He has been on the music faculty of Amadeus Conservatory, Chappaqua, NY since 2004, teaching piano.

Eun Young Lee

Eun Young Lee has worked with many ensembles, including the New York New Music Ensemble, eighth blackbird, Pacifica String Quartet, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, ALEA III, North/South Consonance Ensemble, Timetable Percussion, Gemini Ensemble, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, The Cardinall’s Musick, and the Geum-Pa Flute Ensemble. Her instrumental pieces, computer music, multimedia pieces, and film music have been featured in festivals and concerts in many countries, including June in Buffalo, the SCI National Conference, St. Magnus Festival in the UK, the Czech-America Institute in Prague; the Korean Music Expo, the 60X60 Project, Vox Novus, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, MGMC, the IAWM Congress, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Pinocoteca do estado de Sao Paulo in Brazil, and Music09 in Switzerland.

Her works have received the first prize at International Music Composition Competitions in Korea, United States, China and havwe been broadcast through Art of the States, EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) and are featured in the SCI Journal of Music Scores (Vol. 41) as well as CD series (No.23)

Ms. Lee earned her PhD (2011) at the University of Chicago. She has also worked with Joel Hoffman and Fred Rzewski at Music 09; David Felder at June in Buffalo; Virko Baley, Chen Yi and Jorge Grossmann at N.E.O.N. Festival; Ladislav Kubik at Czech-America Insititute in Prague as a composition fellow, and Melinda Wagner and Augusta Read Thomas at ACA (Atlantic Center for the Arts) as an Associate Artist-in-Residence.

To learn more about the new judge of the Golden Key Festival Piano Composition Competition and to listen her music, please visit http://eunyoungleemusic.com.