The Department of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University is pleased to announce The Keyboard in the 21st Century, an international conference for composers to be held 4-5 April 2019. Featuring performances by outstanding Hong Kong pianists and guest performers, the conference will showcase the breadth of creative voices working with a range of new and historic keyboard instruments. In addition to performances and roundtable discussions by participating composers, we are pleased to feature lectures and performances of music by George Tsontakis, Kennedy Wong Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Music at HKBU and Distinguished Composer-in-Residence at Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Featured Guest Composer and Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music.
Call for Scores
We welcome submissions by composers of any age from around the world, which conform to the following guidelines:
Each composer may submit only 1 score.
The maximum duration of the work is 10 minutes.
The work must have been written in the year 2000 or later.
The work may have already been performed or may be premiered during the conference.
The work may be scored for a single performer or multiple performers on a solo keyboard or multiple keyboards chosen from the following list:
French double-manual harpsichord by Andrew Garlick (London, 1992), after Goujon (Paris, 1749), 2 x 8’, 1 x 4, FF to f”’
Italian Harpsichord by Carey Beebe, Sydney, 1995, after Grimaldi (Italy, ca. 1700), 2 x 8´, GG-d''', A415/A440
Unfretted clavichord by Karin Richter, Lewes 2009, after Hubert, 1771, FF to g”’
Fortepiano by Chris Maene, Ruiselede, 2010, after Anton Walter (Vienna, 1795), FF to g”
Taylor & Boody Organ, Op. 69, Staunton, Virginia, USA, 2014. Five stops: 8’ Gedackt, 4’ Rohrflöte, 2 2/3’ Nasat (c’), 2’Principal, 8’ Regal, C-d’”, A440
Works with electronics will be considered. (7.1 channel playback system and audio interfaces available on request.)
Please note that with the exception of one piano, the other instruments may not be “prepared.” Any preparation must be approved in advance.
Composers are welcome and encouraged to perform their own work.
For any questions, please e-mail:
The deadline for submission is 15 January 2019. The results will be announced by 1 February 2019. All composers whose works are selected for performance must register for and attend the conference. No housing or travel support will be provided.
To submit a score, please
Dr. George Tsontakis
Kennedy Wong Distinguished Visiting Professor
Department of Music
Hong Kong Baptist University
Bard College Conservatory of Music
George Tsontakis has been the recipient of two of the richest prizes awarded in all of classical music; the International Grawemeyer Award, in 2005, for his Second Violin Concerto and the 2007 Ives Living, from the American Academy. He studied with Roger Sessions at Juilliard and in Rome, with Franco Donatoni. Born in Astoria, NY into Cretan heritage, he has become a recognized figure in the Greece. His music is increasingly performed abroad, with performances in Europe and Asia every season. Most of his music has been commercially recorded by Hyperion, Koch, INNOVA and NAXOS, including fifteen works for orchestra, over five hours of orchestral music, leading to two Grammy Nominations for Best Classical Composition.
He served as Composer-in-Residence with the Aspen Music Festival for 40 years, where he was founding director of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, with the Oxford (England) Philomusica, with the Albany Symphony for six years and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for the 2009-10 season, among others. He is Distinguished Composer-in-Residence at the Bard College Conservatory.
His most recent commissions and premieres (2016-18) include chamber works for Maverick Concerts, London's Mobius Ensemble and large-scale pieces for the Boston Symphony and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, a Requiem for the Albany Symphony as well as a violin concerto for Gary Levinson and the Dallas Symphony. NAXOS released three concertos with the Albany Symphony, last year and was heralded as one of NPR's “Top Ten Classical Recordings of 2017” and will release the Boston Symphony recording of his “Sonnets” in 2019. He lives in New York’s Catskill Mountains.
Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez
Featured Guest Composer
Professor of Composition
Eastman School of Music
Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez was born in Mexico City in 1964 and now lives in the New York tundra, where he is a Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music. He studied with Jacob Druckman, Martin Bresnick, Steven Mackey and Henri Dutilleux at Yale, Princeton and Tanglewood, respectively. He has received many of the standard awards in the field (e.g. Barlow Prize, Guggenheim, Fulbright, Koussevitzky, Fromm, American Academy of Arts and Letters.) He likes machines with hiccups and spiders with missing legs, looks at Paul Klee's Notebooks everyday, and tries to use the same set of ears to listen to Bach, Radiohead, or Ligeti.
Dr. Matthew Schreibeis
Department of Music
Hong Kong Baptist University
Matthew Schreibeis is an American composer based in Hong Kong. His compositions combine highly-syncopated counterpoint with rhythmically-charged lyricism and span acoustic, electronic, and film music. Recent projects include collaborations with video artists and a series of works for traditional Korean instruments. His forthcoming Albany Records portrait CD, Sandburg Songs, featuring soprano Tony Arnold, will be released in 2019. Honors include the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Copland House Residency Award, Camargo Foundation Fellowship, Aspen Festival Fellowship, and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. He is Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University.