Announcing Marguerite Brown as the 2021 Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize Winner!
We are thrilled to work with Marguerite Brown during our 2022/23 season on her beautiful string quartet work, chroi: tetrachords! Before then, get to know Marguerite and her work!
Marguerite Brown is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who explores new forms, mediums, and performance practices. Marguerite's compositions range from fully notated scores to ambiguous lists where musical parameters may be indeterminate or highly organized and time may be governed or lawless. Marguerite currently performs contemporary and traditional gamelan music in Gamelan Pacifica, structured improvisations for justly tuned metallophones in the Kaleidoføne ensemble, and original and new music for refretted guitars.
More about Marguerite
We had such an amazing group of applicants this year, and we want to introduce you to the two Honorable Mentions and all of our Finalists. We are incredibly proud of this group, and hope that you will listen to their music and start following their exciting musical careers!

Honorable Mentions
Nhat Nyugen
Julio Zúñiga
A composer and visual artist, Nhat Nguyen has won the 2019 Manhattan Prize String Quartet competition. His next projects include collaborations with Apply Triangle, James Alexander and Yarn/Wire.  Nhat earned his Bachelor of Music degree in composition at Manhattan School of Music in 2019, under the tutelage of Dr. Reiko Fueting and Professor Susan Botti. He also previously took lessons with Ton-That Tiet, Prof. P. Q. Phan and Prof. Bernd Asmus.
Julio Zúñiga is a composer working with acoustic instruments, analog and digital electronics, and field recordings. For the past five years, he has been developing a practice that explores the idea of sound as an acoustic phenomenon that, as artistic material, offers the unique characteristic of being fundamentally spectral. Julio is a PhD candidate in music composition at Harvard University studying with Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku.
John Aulich is a British composer based in the US. He has studied with Bryn Harrison, Aaron Cassidy and David Felder. John’s music spans a number of broad themes, including viscerality, ambiguity of meaning, sensuality and touch, and the philosophical and political connotations of music and notation. John’s work is characterized by evocative, highly-charged and volatile sound-worlds stemming from the physicality of performance. 
Artun Çekem is a composer born in Istanbul, Turkey. Artun's recent work primarily deals with the concept of the uncanny, and more particularly, the uncanniness that is latent within anthropomorphic entities. From a sonic perspective, this concept has led him to focus on and spectrally analyze the human voice, with the aim of repurposing it under new, instrumental settings. He is currently living in New York City as a DMA candidate at Columbia University.
The Chinese composer, conductor and multi-media artist Yifan Guo was born in Guangzhou in 1995. His compositional language is inspired by humanity, society, nature, architecture, literature, and western classical music. Guo studied in New York at the Mannes School of Music where he was offered a full scholarship for composition and orchestral conducting, and he is currently pursuing a master's degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. 
Saad Haddad is a composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electroacoustic music who achieves a “remarkable fusion of idioms” (New York Times), most notably in his work exploring the disparate qualities inherent in Western art music and Middle Eastern musical tradition. Saad Haddad lives in New York, with his wife, and miniature dachshund. He currently serves as a Dean’s Fellow at Columbia University.
Elizabeth Hoffman works with computers and acoustic instruments equally, toward creating sound worlds that arise from detailed timbral and harmonic notation, and improvisation; and that enable emergent forms. She teaches at NYU. Recent releases on Sono Luminus and New Focus labels (“morsels” and “clouds pattern,” respectively). 
Sunyeong Pak is a composer and pianist whose work seeks a highly refined sense of orchestration, imaginative process, and interdisciplinarity. She completed her doctoral degree in music composition at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May in 2017 and holds composition degrees from DePaul Univeristy (MM) and Ewha Womans University (BM). 
Heather Stebbins is a composer, technologist, synthesist, and educator based in Washington, DC, where she is a professor at George Washington University. She works with sounds created by instruments, objects, and electricity to generate new musical experiences. Her new album, Olney, is available on Bandcamp and streaming platforms.
Here is another opportunity as a composer to work with us and have Mivos perform your string quartet work! We are thrilled to be on faculty again this summer at VIPA (Valencia International Performance Academy) in Valencia, Spain and hope that you will apply and join us in this beautiful city!

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