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The competition for the Linköpings Studentsångare Composition Award 2016 has been concluded! We received over a dozen wonderful submissions from women composers all over the world. The winner of the grand prize of 50 000 SEK will be announced at the official award concert, on May the 4th, in Wallenbergsalen of Östergötlands Museum.
Over the coming weeks we will present the top nominees selected by our jury. The presentations follow no particular order, so as not to reveal the winner until the concert. This week we present Cecilia Damström.
Composer Cecilia Damström was born in 1988 into a multicultural family in Helsinki. In 2008 she began her studies in composition for Hannu Pohjannoro at Tampere University of Applied Sciences and 2011 she additionally began her studies in piano for Risto Kyrö and Risto-Matti Marin. After graduating from composition in 2014 with excellent grades she began her master studies in composition for Luca Francesconi and Kent Olofsson at Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden.Damström’s music has been performed among others by Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Stockholm Wind Ensemble, Avanti! Chamber Orchestraand choirs such as the Tapiola Choir and Key Ensemble. Her music has been played in Canada, all over Europe and also at numerous festivals. Her compositions have been awarded several prizes in the past years, and her works have also been broadcasted by national radio stations in Finland, Sweden and Germany. Since 2010 she is a published composer and she is at the moment working on several commissions, among others a fairy-tale opera.
Damström is also a founding member of the contemporary music association Tampering ry and has been a board member in the young composers’ association Korvat auki. She has arranged several concerts and two festivals of contemporary music. Since 2015 she is a member of the Society of Finnish Composers and she was last year chairman of the young composers’ society Tongeneration in Malmö.