Call for Scores

Call for Scores 2014

After completing the anonymous judging process, Asylum Quartet is excited to announce four winners in our first Call for Scores competition. Their pieces will be incorporated into our 2014-2015 season, and the composers will receive professional recordings of their works. The Grand Prize winner will also receive a cash prize. 

We want to express our immense gratitude to the composers who submitted to the competition. We received approximately 200 pieces. We are humbled by the breadth and quality of the music submitted. 


Grand Prize

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Ivan Božičević | Prayer Wheel / Coiling Clouds 

Božičević completed studied in composition at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, and attended Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt in 1982 and 1984. He continued with organ studies at the Frankfurt Music Academy, and at Salamanca University in 1988 and 1990, specializing in early music. Until 2001 he worked at the Belgrade Faculty of Music and Academy of Arts in Novi Sad as a teacher of counterpoint, analysis and harmony. Since 2002 he has worked in Split, Croatia, as a freelance artist, and runs the jazz band SplitMinders. 

Božičević's opus encompasses three symphonies, orchestral, chamber, choral and soloistic works, as well as numerous electronic compositions. He is interested in a variety of genres (early and baroque, electronic, jazz, world music) and the possibility of “cross-fertilizations“ between those genres, always aiming for the stylistic amalgamation on a deeper level.

His works have been performed in Serbia, Croatia, Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Ireland, Great Britain and the USA. Recordings of his pieces have appeared on Serbian national radio and television, Swedish national radio, and Croatian national radio and television. Božičević has received composition prizes in Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and USA (ArtsLink Fellowship Award, Garth Newel Prize, Aliénor Award, AGO/ECS Publishing Award, Prague Philharmonic Choir Prize, John Clare Society Award). He is one of the founding members of the Splithesis ensemble for new music in Split, Croatia. 

More information, please visit Ivan's website. 


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Polina Nazaykinskaya | Pavana pour Quatre

Polina Nazaykinskaya was born in Togliatti, Russia on January 20, 1987 and has been studying music since the age of 4. After graduating with honors from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia with concentrations in violin and composition, Polina earned her Masters of Music Degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. Her professors at Yale included Christopher Theofanidis and Ezra Laderman. Currently Polina is pursing her Doctorate Degree in Composition at the Graduate Center City University of New York and studying with Professor Tania León. 

Over the last four years her music has been performed by the Russian National Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Olaf Philharmonia, the Boston Metro Opera, among others. Polina's music has garnered numerous national and international awards and received raving reviews in the press, including the New York Times. In 2010, "Sony-Music Russia" label released a CD that featured Polina`s symphonic poem "Winter Bells". 

For more information, please visit Polina's website.


Alan Thomas | Homage to Radiohead   

The guitarist and composer Alan Thomas was born in Atlanta and completed his studies at Indiana University. Moving to England in 1997, he quickly established himself as one of the UK's foremost new music soloists and ensemble players following his first-prize win at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Holland (becoming the only guitarist ever to take the top prize).

As a composer, Alan has written extensively for the guitar as well as for other instrumental combinations. His compositions draw freely on a broad range of styles and techniques, ranging from Renaissance polyphony to Ligeti and other modern masters. Other influences include the music of Africa and the Balkans, as well as computer sound processing and algorithmic composition. From these diverse sources he has attempted to create music that is both rigorously constructed and accessible.  

For more information, please visit Alan's website


Craig Levesque | Six American Folk Songs

Dr. Craig Levesque (b. 1975) is a composer, arranger, copyist and horn player based in central New Jersey. His music has been performed throughout the country, and he has been commissioned by groups throughout the Northeast.

Dr. Levesque serves as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, where he has taught theory, analysis, ear training and orchestration. At the Westminster Conservatory of Music, he serves as chair of the Theory and Composition Department, and teaches horn, composition, theory and ear training. Dr. Levesque regularly with the The Westminster Winds (the faculty woodwind quintet of the Westminster Conservatory) and the Atlas Brass Quintet.

Dr. Levesque holds degrees from of the University of New Hampshire (B.A., Music Theory and Composition; M.A., Music History) and Rutgers University (Ph.D., Music Theory and Composition). His primary horn teachers were John Boden and Jean Rife, and his primary composition teachers were Niel Sir, Dr. Andrew Boysen, Jr. and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen. Dr. Levesque’s compositions and arrangements are available through Art of Sound Music.