Composition Judge Panel
Thai Composer Narong Prangcharoen’s success as a composer was confirmed by his receiving the prestigious 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and the Barlow Prize. Other awards include the Music Alive, the 20th Annual American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Commission, the American Composers Orchestra Audience Choice Award, the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award, the Alexander Zemlinsky International Composition Competition Prize, the 18th ACL Yoshiro IRINO Memorial Composition Award, the Pacific Symphony’s American Composers Competition Prize, and the Annapolis Charter 300 International Composers Competition Prize. In his native country, Mr. Prangcharoen was recipient of the Silapathorn Award, naming him a “Thailand Contemporary National Artist”.
Mr. Prangcharoen has, thus, established an international reputation and is recognized as one of Asia’s leading composers. He has received encouragement and praise from a number of important contemporary composers, such as Paul Chihara, Zhou Long, Augusta Read Thomas, and Yehudi Wyner. John Corigliano has called Prangcharoen’s music “contemporary and accessible,” and Chen Yi has written that it is “colorful and powerful.”
The press has also recognized Mr. Prangcharoen’s uniqueness as a composer. The Chicago Sun Times called his music “absolutely captivating”, and, of the October 2012 Carnegie Hall debut by the American Composers Orchestra of “Migrations of Lost Souls”, New York Times critic, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim wrote, it is “an atmospheric work that weaves some of the spiritual and vernacular sounds of Mr. Prangcharoen’s native Thailand into a skillfully orchestrated tapestry [with] moments of ethereal beauty.”
Mr. Prangcharoen’s music has been performed in Asia, America, Australia, and Europe by many renowned ensembles such as the American Composers Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the China NCPA Orchestra, the German National Theater Orchestra, the Grant Park Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, under many well-known conductors, such Carl St. Clair, Steven D. Davis, Carlos Kalmer, Jose-Luis Novo, Mikhail Pletnev, and Osmo Vänskä. His music has also been presented at many important music festivals and venues, such as the Grant Park Music Festival, the Asia: the 21st Century Orchestra Project, the MoMA Music Festival, the Maverick Concerts: “Music in the Wood”, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, the Le Poisson Rouge, and the Carnegie Hall by distinguished performers such as, among others, The New York New Music Ensemble, the Imani Winds, saxophonist John Sampen, and pianist Bennett Lerner
Mr. Prangcharoen received his DMA from University of Missouri-Kansas City, where his primary teacher was Chen Yi. Narong is now a Dean of a College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand. He is also a composer-in-Residence of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Thailand, an Artistic Director of Thailand International Composition Festival, an Artistic Committee of Beijing Modern Music Festival, an Artistic Advisor of Asia/America New Music Institute, and a Vice President of China- ASEAN Musicians Union. His works are published exclusively by Theodore Presser Company.
Clarence Mak was born in Hong Kong. He has been enjoying his musical life starting from his public performance of playing guitar in the New Music Hong Kong concert series in 70s. He has been involved in musical performance as a composer and guitarist for more than thirty years, giving music lectures and demonstrations in various institutes. He played as the soloist the complete guitar concerto Aranjuez by Jaoquin Rodrigo with the Macau Chamber Orchestra in 1986 and 1987, and Henze’s El Cimaron in the ensemble with voice, flute, and percussion in the ISCM (International Society of Contemporary Music) Festival in 1988. He was invited to be the visiting artist at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and the teaching professor in the International Summer Course in Monthureux Le Sec, France.
Clarence Mak pursued music training in composition and electronic music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Pennsylvania State University (B.A. and M.Mus), and studied guitar performance in Musica En Composetela in Spain, and musical acoustics and programming at Stanford University’s CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics).
He composes music for local and overseas ensemble groups, orchestras, dramas, dances, electronic and multi-media. His compositions have been featured in various concerts and festivals. International performances of his compositions include those at Contemporary Music Festival in London, the International Computer Music Symposium in Taiwan, ISCM New Music Festivals in Romania and Hong Kong, ICMC Computer Music Festival in Beijing, Electronic Music Festival in USA, Percussion Music Festival in Germany, and Asian Pacific World Music Days in Korea, Japan, and New Zealand. His commissioned works include music for different artistic groups such as the Insomnio (Netheland modern music ensemble), Zurich Ensemble, Sweden Oboe Trio, Hamburg New Music Ensemble, Kings Harmonica Quintet, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, City Contemporary Dance Company, Chung Ying Theatre, and numerous professional performing groups of Chinese and Western music in Hong Kong.
Mak actively takes part in professional services, promoting music making and related educational activities, being the advisor, committee member, delegate and member of Jury, and producer of projects for international festivals. He was the secretary, treasurer, and Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Composers' Guild from 1987 to 2008 respectively and now serves as a Council Director and a member in organizing committees for major musical events. He was invited to be the adjudicator for the Kazimierz Serocki International Composers’ Competition in Poland, the International Computer Music Conference's Commission Awards; and he was the chief delegate to present Hong Kong composers' works in the Asian- Pacific Music Festival in New Zealand and in the International Rostrum in Paris and Dublin, and also the ISCM Festival in Belgium. He has been invited to be the key note speaker giving lecture in the international conferences, and to provide training to music teachers and give talks for the Hong Kong Education Bureau, Central Library, and Music Office. He served in the advisory committees and as the external examiner for the tertiary institutions in the Hong Kong.
Mak has joined the music faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts for many years and is currently the Head of Composition and Electronic Music.
Marco Vlasák is “the-only-one” prize winner in “Nino Rota” - International conducting competition in Italy in 2019, where he also won the audience prize as well as been recognized the youngest conductor in the finalist. His 2nd symphonic poem won the 1st Prize in a competition of the Slovak Conservatoires. He has around 30 composition up to date.
Mr. Vlasák is an alumnus of the Academy of the Performing Arts in Bratislava. He received his BA degree with his 3rd symphonic poem inspired by Tolkien, and MA degree with his outstanding rehearsals and concert with Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. Marco received scholarship by Slovak Wagner Society, this has led him to study conducting at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague (NL) and at the MDW - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (AU).
Besides his daily busy teaching at the Private Conservatory and Primary Music School in Slovakia, he also cooperates with the Music Centre of Slovakia. As conductor, he has been working with Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (SK), Solamente Naturali (SK), Musica Aeterna (SK), Slovak Youth Orchestra (with Midori), Orlando Tango project in Bamberg (DE), Orchestra della Magna Grecia (IT), Symphonic orchestra Pazardzhik (BG) among others.
Pui-shan Cheung is the first Hong Kong composer to be appointed as a full-time professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She has also recently been invited as the international judge of the International Alliance of Women in Music (IAWM), Search for New Music Composition Competition, guest composer of the Estonia V ABIMF Music Academy (2018), Delian Academy for New Music in Greece (2019) and international jury at the Composium 2018 (DingYi Music Organisation) in Singapore. Her recent works included her chamber opera, the “Lotus Script”, Traditional Chinese Shadow Multimedia work, “The Dragon VI”, and her cello orchestra work, “The Taste of Old Hong Kong-Kai Tak Airport”.
Cheung has received number of awards and prizes, including the first prize in the II International Lepo Sumera Composition Contest (2006) in Tallinn, Estonia, first prize in the Italy Percussive Society Composition Competition (2013), third prize in the International Music Prize Luxembourg (2009) in Luxembourg, Libby Larsen Prize in the International Alliance for Women (2006) in Music Search for New Music by Women Composers Composition Contest, special prize in the IBLA World Competition in Italy (2005), Global Music Award (2018) and etc. Described as "beautiful sounds with abrupt intrusions of jagged explosive ideas." (Peninsula Review). Her music has been performed by Gothenburg Opera Symphony Orchestra, Estonia National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Shen Zhen Symphony Orchestra, UMKC Symphony Orchestra, HKAPA Academy Orchestra, as well as Stockholm Saxophone Quartet (Sweden), Darmstadt Trio (Germany), E-Mex Ensemble (Germany), Niew Ensemble (Amsterdam), Reconcil Ensemble (Vienna), Saxcess Saxophone Quartet (New Zealand), TIMF (Korea), Pacific Sounding Ensemble (Japan), Eighth Black-bird, Empyrean Ensemble (San Francisco), Liberace Woodwind Quintet (Kansas City), Wuji Chinese Plucked-string Music Ensemble (H.K.).
Born in Hong Kong, pui-shan received her degrees from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (B.M.), University of California, San Diego (M.A.) and University of Missouri, Kansas City (DMA). She has served as Assistant Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, currently associate professor in music composition at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Her music and recording has been published by VDM-Verlag (Germany), LGNM (Luxembourg) , HoneyRock (U.S.A.), Capstone (U.S.A.) and HKAPA Records.