Augusta Read Thomas’ Bass Clarinet Concertino is finalist in the 8th Dutilleux Contest

Chicago (Hyde Park) – Augusta Read Thomas, University Professor of Composition at the University of Chicago, is a finalist in the 8th International Henri Dutilleux Composition Contest for her piece Bass Clarinet Concertino for soloist and nine musicians.

Thomas is one of five finalists, and one of two finalists from the USA. This year’s contest, which is celebrating the Centennial Year of Henri Dutilleux’s birth, had 353 composers who represented 50 nationalities submit 438 compositions.

Henri Dutilleux (1916–2013) was a French born composer known for his expressive orchestral music for which he received international acclaim. Many of his works are already regarded as masterworks of Western literature. Among the many awards Dutilleux received were the Grand Prix National de la Musique in 1967 and the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2005. 

The Dutilleux contest is open to composers from all nationalities, without age limit. All submissions are anonymous.

Thomas will travel to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France for the final round of competition on January 27, 2017. The five finalist compositions will be performed in front of judges by clarinetist Vincent Penot and the L’Orchestre Symphonique Région Centre-Val de Loire- Tour, conducted by Kanako Abe.