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First Prize

Ryan Latimer

UK

Moné Hattori, Violin, JAPAN)

Ryan Latimer is a British composer whose music has been described as “anarchic and cartoonishly fun” (BBC R3), “deliciously playful” (Classical Music Magazine) and “irresistible in its tongue-in-cheek irreverence” (ISCM). His work has been performed internationally by leading ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Psappha and Britten Sinfonia.

Ryan’s recent orchestral work Antiarkie, composed for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and subsequently featured during the ISCM World Music Days festival, in Beijing. In 2020, the work received its third performance by St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious Shostakovich Grand Hall, in Russia.

In 2021, his debut album was be released worldwide on NMC Recordings. “Allusive, sparkling and emphatically rhythmic” (The Guardian), it reached #2 in the UK Official Charts and received 5 stars from BBC Music Magazine. Other recent works, including Mills Mess, Moby Dick, and Chloe have also been released by RMN Records, Ablaze and on NMC’s ‘Next Wave’ album.

He is a regular collaborator with the contemporary dance group, Cohan Collective, and has worked closely with New York-based choreographer Jacqueline Bulnes and Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Dane Hurst. In 2014, Ryan composed and co-directed his first chamber opera, Three Tall Tales of Dr Monsieur Façade. This interdisciplinary work, composed for ensemble, singers, actors and mimes, was developed in collaboration with dramaturges and performers from Warszawskie Centrum Pantomimy in Poland.

Many of his solo and chamber works have also featured at international festivals, including Darmstädter Ferienkurse (Germany), Gaudeamus Musiekweek (Netherlands), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), ISCM World Music Days (China), Druskomanija (Lithuania), Aldebrugh Festival (UK) and Haapvavesi Folk Festival (Lativa).