International Music Grant 2018

Grant for music 2018 for the young British composer Amy Bryce

'Moving Opera' is the project name for which a young British composer receives this year's artist-in-residence grant of the Foundation of Arts & Music for Dresden: Amy Bryce, born in 1994 in Haywards Heath. This year's grant was selected by an international committee. Amy Bryce inspired the jury with unusual sounds. "The Paladins are dancing, dancing ...", "Deadly nightshade" and "Dream catchers" are some of her works. "She is capable of catching the stars from the sky withhin two bars. “ justified the committee.

The foundation wants to support the talent of the young composer also by giving her the opportunity for an intercultural exchange in Dresden. Amy Bryce graduated in July 2017 with honors in Flute and Composition at the Royal College of Music (RCM). Performances and performances found u. a. in the National Portrait Gallery London and the London Studio Center. As part of the International Saxophone and Clarinet Competition and Festival "Classic Winds" in Hamburg in May 2018, a composition for solo clarinet was heard.

Her most important work up to now is a short opera, "Der Eisenhut", which was performed in 2016 at the RCM Opera School London in the Britten Theater. Amy Bryce herself speaks of a special passion for vocal works. So it is not surprising that she will turn to the creation of an opera during her stay in Dresden. "Moving opera" will take place with vocal works in an unusual place by using a different room than usual. Improvisation and interaction will determine their play. The audience becomes part of the performance: "This creates a livily experience that is even more valuable than just watching a show or listening to music," says the artist.

The International Music grant offers the candidate to spend 3 months in Dresden in free accommodation for realizing  their projects.The foundation supports artists in their cooperation with local partners and also provides them with the appropriate public response. By inviting young international composers, the foundation focuses her attention on intercultural exchange and the enrichment of the local music scene.

The yearly alternating art grants of the foundation, one for music and one for fine arts, seek to invite independet artistic perspectives and to promote the international outreach of Dresden as a city of contemporary art. Biyearly, the foundation addresses artists whose work has already been noted on an international scale to apply for the International Art Grant. The grant is dedicated to fostering creative processes and to developing new, innovative ideas and artwork in Dresden. In 2015, the first International Art Grant invited the Spanish artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo to Dresden. In 2016, Maximilian Schnaus, a composer and organist from Berlin, came to Dresden with the International Music Grant.

The jury for the International Music Grant 2018:

  • Dr. Thomas Hesse – Foundation board, Foundation of Arts and Music for Dresden
  • Jan Vogler – Artistic and General Director, Dresden music festival
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Bäßler – Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg
  • Omer Meir Wellber – Conductor, season 2018/19 at Semperoper Dresden
  • Frauke Roth – General director, Dresdner Philharmonie
  • Dai Fujikura – Composer

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