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. First up is Laura Stevens.
A graduate of the Royal College of Music and the South African College of Music, she is involved in many different facets of composition spanning concert music, theatre and film/media. Laura has had works performed across many prestigious venues and screening platforms including: the Edinburgh Festival; The Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Globe Theatre”; the Baxter Theatre and the National Arts Festival of South Africa; Los Angeles 3D Film Festival; and the Schaffhausen Film Festival and Berlinale Film Festival amongst numerous others. Her work has also been featured on television in the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
Laura contributed a track for the debut album of acclaimed British spoken word poet Hollie McNish which fuses poetry and music in a double album effort, and which has been released/aired commercially in the UK, US and Europe.Laura has been commissioned by to write a new song cycle for Soprano and Piano set to selections from an anthology by contemporary poet Katharine Towers and is working alongside the poet in setting her texts.
Her current project is a lengthy collaboration with the English National Ballet: an original ballet work to be danced at Sadler’s Wells and the Britten Theatre in London in April 2016. She is also contributing original music for a new American short film currently in post-production phases that will be aired at Sundance Film Festival next year.
Beyond being a composer, Laura Stevens actively performs as a cellist and pianist, and has recently delved into the world of conducting, in the hope of conducting performances of her own work from time to time.