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Leilei Tian Wins Besançon Composition Contest

BESANCON, FRANCE - 4 October 2000 - After two days of deliberation by an international jury, the Chinese composer Leilei Tian (b. 1971) was awarded the Prix du Festival in the 10th International Besançon Composition Competition. Entitled Sadhana and written for orchestra, the winning score will be perfomed by the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse during the finals of the 47th International Young Conductors Competition in Besançon next September.

Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg presided over a jury that included composers Philippe Manoury, Esa Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews and Steven Stucky.

Trained at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, Lelei Tian studied composition with Zhenmin Xu and later with Lutzow-Holm at the Musikhogskolan in Gothenborg Sweden. In 1999 Ms. Tian received an honorable mention in the International Competition for Young Composers in Amsterdam. Lelei Tian follows in the footsteps of a growing number of important Chinese composers who studied at the Soviet-modeled Central Conservatory in Beijing. These include Tan Dun, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Guo Wenjing, the current chairman of the composition department of the Central Conservatory of Beijing.

The Macedonian composer Miroslav Spasov received an honourable mention in the Besançon competition for his orchestral composition entitled, à gauche, à droite, en haut...for Orchestra.

Festival International de Musique de Besançon Franche-Comté

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