Commissioned Piece 2022

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Insurrection (2021)

By José Castro Brandão

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]José Castro Brandão is Winner of the PTC Commission Prize:
2021 AGBU Sayat Nova Composition Competition
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Composer and performer, José Brandão was born in Oliveira de Azeméis (Aveiro, Portugal) in 2000. He studied composition at ESMAE between 2018 and 2021 under Rui Penha, Dimitris Andrikopoulos, Carlos Azevedo, and took other lectures under teachers such as Alessandro Bossetti, Dirk d’Ase, Miguel Azguime, Nicholas Cook, Jonathan Ayerst and Panayiotis Kokoros He has participated in masterclasses with composers João Pedro Oliveira, Dirk D’Ase and Panayiotis Kokoros.

He has explored various themes in his composition, often drawing inspiration from arts such as poetry, photography and video. He’s able to use both acoustic and electronic resources in his music, often merging them together.

He won first prize in the FOLEFEST – 2020 composition competition with the piece Uma Última Reflexão, for solo accordion and ensemble, second prize in the SPA/Antena 2 composition competition with the piece Ritual, for symphonic orchestra, and first prize in the 2020 Sayat Nova International Composition Competition with the piece Weep, Weep my muse. He also won an honorable mention in the Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa (BSP) – 2020 composition competition with the piece Eclipse da Auto-Degradação for symphonic band.


Participants must be students of PTC Members.

Participants will perform the commissioned piece along with one (or more) other piece(s) of the participant’s choice for the 20th/21st Century Music Festival on Sunday, February 13, 2022.
Memorization is not required.
Students can be any age  (18 and under) as long as they can perform the piece at the tempo indicated with good preparation.

Everyone will receive a certificate of recognition for performing the commissioned work.

Deserving students will be invited to audition for the Honors Program free of charge.
One student will be chosen to perform in the Winners’ Recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall (all rules and regulations apply).

Commissioned Piece 2022 
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