We are pleased to announce an exclusive commission for the 2017 Competition by Australian composer and pianist Dr Yitzhak Yedid (pictured).

In a Competition first, contestants will be required to perform a set Australian work as part of their Round 3 repertoire.  Dr Yedid’s composition, Angels’ Revolt, Chaconne for piano (2017) will be performed as part of  a 60 minute program during the Round.

Yedid describes his music as a unique narrative of pictures, textures and colours, characterized by a spectacular mix of style; a direct outcome of his inspiration through philosophical matters and mysticism, religious rituals and religious conflicts.

For over a decade he has researched composition that integrates Western classic music traditions and Arabic music traditions, and composed, without subscribing or adhering to any particular system, a body of over 30 works that deal with this integration. He creates a confluence between Maqamat (Arabic music modal system), heterophonic textures of ancient genres and European avant-garde, to produce an original sound.

Yedid’s awards include the top two prizes in Israel for composers and performers: the Prime Minister’s Prize for Composers (07’) and the Landau Prize for Performing Arts (09’). In 08’ he was awarded the first composition prize for solo work for harp at the 17th International Harp contest which led to numerous performances of his music worldwide.

Yedid has performed his compositions with ensembles in festivals and venues across Europe, Canada, the USA (including the Carnegie Hall (New York), Jordan Hall (Boston) and Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Asia, and Africa.

Twelve CDs of Yedid’s compositions have been released by prestigious international publishers and distributers including Challenge Records International, Sony, Naxos, -btl-, Muse, MCI and Kaleidos, and numerous reviews of them have been published in the international music media. Yedid music is published by IMI and represented in Australia by the Australian Music Centre.

Angels’ Revolt, Chaconne for piano was commissioned by the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition. The work has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Round 3 Performances of Competition are scheduled for Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.

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