Both commissioned pieces will be the winning projects of a composition competition held at the
mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in collaboration with the Institute of Composition and Electro Acoustics.
They will be performed during the second round of the competition and further on be published by Musikverlag Doblinger.
Kaveh Tayaranian Azimi
Winner of the Composition Competition 2016 in the category Piano Trio
Kaveh Tayaranian Azimi (b. 1981, Tehran). Azimi began piano lessons at age 11 and soon thereafter began composing short pieces. After entering the Tehran University of Art, he studied composition under the supervision of Ahmad Pejman, Shahrokh Khajehnouri and others, ultimately completing his master’s degree in composition with honours. Furthermore, he attended the master class of Tajik composer Tolib Shakhidi, a Moscow Conservatory graduate and former student of Aram Khachaturian, as well as the master class of Prof. Khayyam Mirzazadeh (Baku Conservatory). Since 2007, Azimi has been active both as a composer and as a university lecturer teaching harmony and counterpoint at the Tehran University of Art. His recent achievements include cooperating as a composer with the Risuonanze Contemporary Music Festival in Italy (2015 and 2016) and reaching the final rounds of both the ACIMC composition award (France) and the Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition (Vienna). Azimi’s works have been performed in Italy, Austria, France, and Spain. He currently studies in the postgraduate composition programme at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts (mdw) under the supervision of Detlev Müller-Siemens.
Winner of the Composition Competition 2016 in the category String Quartet
Yongbom Lee (b. 1987, Seoul, South Korea) began his musical studies of piano and voice at the age of 7. During his early teenage years, he continued his musical education in England and Australia. 2000 saw him release his first vocal album for young adults, and in 2003, he finished his first series of altogether eleven piano pieces.
He graduated in composition at the Yonsei University (BMus), and 2016 saw him complete his Magister Artium degree with distinction at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he now pursues studies in media composition. His professors have included Michael Jarrell, Johannes Maria Staud, Axel Seidelmann, Iris ter-Schiphorst, Reinhard Karger, and Cheong-mook Kim.
In 2008, he attended the International Summer Course for New Music (Darmstadt), where he received instruction in composition from Wolfgang Rihm, Isabel Mundry, Misato Mochizuki, and Marco Stroppa. That same year, he founded the composers’ league “SUM” and gave initial performances of his own compositions. In 2009 and 2011, works by him were selected for the contemporary music festival “Nong Project”, and December 2009 saw him win 1st prize at the Karien Composition Competition (Seoul). In 2013, a chamber piece of his was performed at the Seoul Composition Music Festival. And in 2016, Yongbom Lee won a composing competition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna that resulted in his string quartet—Traces de Lumière—becoming the obligatory piece for participants in the VII. International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition, with the score to be published by Doblinger. Lee is currently a finalist in the Ö1 Talentbörse Composing Competition. His works have been performed by ensembles and musicians such as the Koehne Quartet, the Webern Ensemble Vienna, the Karien Ensemble, Pacific Quartet Vienna, and Chung-Hsien Wu.
As a pianist, he has given numerous concerts with his ensemble including a Heyri Art Village Concert and a benefit concert for North Korean defectors, and as a conductor, he has appeared on occasions including the Seoul Composition Music Festival and graduation concerts at various universities. Lee completed his military service as a composer and arranger in an ROK army headquarters band. During this period, he wrote music for the band and arranged the latest K-pop tunes for various events and concerts.
Yongbom Lee is currently working on his first digital album release, to include piano pieces and chamber music. In this album, he attempts to shape a music of classical content in a pop-musical form.
He also as a pianist with his ensemble gave numerous concerts such as Heyri Art Village Concert, Benefit Concert for North Korean Defector and as a conductor he conducted in occasions including Seoul Composition Music Festival, graduation concerts in various universities etc. He accomplished his military service as a composer and arranger in a ROK army headquarters band. During this period he wrote music for the band and arranged the latest k-pops for various events and concerts.
Yongbom Lee is currently working on his first digital album release, including piano pieces and chamber music. In this album he tries to shape a music with classical contents in a pop-musical form.