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Women Composers Win Korourian Music Contest

Women Composers Win Korourian Music ContestWomen Composers Win Korourian Music Contest

Three Iranian women composers have won the 1st edition of the Korourian Competition of Electroacoustic Composition, held as a tribute to the late modernist Iranian musician, Reza Korourian.

The submitted works were examined in March by the jury which announced the top three selected works earlier this week, ISNA reported.

“Among the huge number of competitors, Aso Kohzadi, Mahour Pourmoqaddam and Gelareh Soleimani were the only female participants who, surprisingly, won the top three spots,” said Mehdi Jalali, artistic director of Yarava Music Group, the event organizer.

In addition, a joint work by Maryam Sirvan and Milad Baqeri, and compositions by Babak Baeidi, Ehsan Bani-Taba and Behrang Shokrian received honorable mention by the jury, he added.

The Germany-based jury comprised Professor Joachim Heintz, veteran composer and head of electronic music studio at Hannover University for Music, Drama and Media, Professor Pieter Bekker, musician and former head of Hannover University (from 1993 to 1997), and Arsalan Abedian, Ph.D. student of composition, head of Contemporary Music Records (CMR) and the international relations office of Yarava Music Group.

The winners will be awarded during a 2-day ceremony, slated in August at the Iranian Artists’ Forum in Tehran, after a musical performance.

Furthermore, on September 21, the award winners will perform in a concert coinciding with Iran’s music and art festival at Hannover University.

Jalali noted that all the selected and commended works will be published by the CMR. “There are also other talented composers who need to be introduced to the world of music.”

The first of its kind, the contest is planned to be held annually with the collaboration of CMR and Yarava Music Group, to venerate Korourian, the only Iranian musician who worked on electronic music. Korourian released two albums, ‘Purple Room’ and ‘Electrominimal’, during his lifetime.