Matthew Peterson wins 2014 Uppsala Tonsättartävlingen with "And all the trees of the field will clap their hands"

Thursday, March 2014, Uppsala konserthus:

Matthew Peterson, awarded first prize by the jury of the 2014 Uppsala Tonsättartävling, received a cash prize of 50,000 Swedish kronor and his winning work "And all the trees of the field will clap their hands" will be performed by ten professional orchestras in Sweden and Estonia (Göteborgs symfoniker, Västerås Sinfonietta, Svenska Kammarorkestern, Dalasinfoniettan, Gävle Symfoniorkestern, Nordiska Kammarorkestern, NorrlandsOperans Symfoniorkester, Jönköpings Sinfonietta, Vanemuine Symfoniorkester).

The work also received the most votes from audience members and radio listeners, and received the "Public Prize." As a result it will be rebroadcast on Sweden's Radio P2 on April 23rd.

Six composer finalists competed for the prize: Peterson, Molly Kien, Kristofer Morhed, Christos Ntovas, David Riebe, and Andreas Zhibaj. The works were performed on Thursday, March 13 by the Uppsala Kammarorkester, cond. Paul Mägi, at a free public concert at Uppsala konserthus.

Second prize was awarded to David Riebe's "Geopoliticus Child," and third place to Molly Kien's "Pyramid."

The jury consisted of composers Sven-David Sandström and Mirjam Tally; musicians Christoffer Thorsell, Bernt Lysell, and Daniel Frankel; and conductor Paul Mägi. 

The Uppsala tonsättartävling has quickly established itself as one of the most important opportunities for young composers. This was the third competition, and it was open to composers born 1978 or later. The earlier winners have become established professional composers: Andrea Tarrodi (winner 2010), Jonas Valfridsson (co-winner 2010), and Daniel Fjellström (winner 2012). 

Article by Sverige's Radio P2
Article by Sweden's Television SVT