Samy Moussa receives the composer award of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation


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One of the three most desired prizes for composers of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation was awarded on June 4th, 2013 to the Quebec composer Samy Moussa in Munich.

The composer and conductor Samy Moussa was born in Montreal in 1984. He studied composition and conducting  at the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. In 2010, Samy Moussa became musical director of the INDEX ensembles in Munich.  He worked with several orchestras and ensembles, such as the MDR Sinfonieorchester of Leipzig, the hr Sinfonieorchester, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Vancouver CBC Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre national de Lorraine, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orechestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

His first opera L’autre frère was performed for the first time at the 12th Munich Biennale in 2010. His second opera Vastation will be premiered during the Biennale in Munich in 2014. Many renowned musicians praise his orchestra music, such as Kent Nagano who commissioned him with the work Gegenschein (2009) for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. His music is not only known for its clearness and strength but also for its ingenious instrumentation while his conducting is rather known for being vigorous and inspired. At present, Moussa lives in Paris and Berlin.

The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, whose supervisory board reports to the President of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts (Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste),  was founded in 1972 and supports professional projects of classical contemporary music. Every year, the 250,000 Euro award goes to “a composer, musician or musicologist, who achieves outstanding objectives for the international music world”. Among the previous award winners are Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado. The award rewards young composers with 35.000 Euro as well as a portrait CD in cooperation with the Viennese Label col legno.

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