Argentine composer, Rod Schejtman, was announced to be one of the finalists of the WorldVision Composers Contest, making him one of the three best authors of classical music today, and a contender for first prize. This followed a year of demanding competition, the creation of three original works, demanding auditions in front of an international jury and three stages of public voting.
The Worldvision Composers Contest, an international music competition based in Vienna, designed to support classical composers, opened on 1st June 2021.
The first round of the competition, limited to professionals, began in September, after which the 88 best composers were shortlisted.
This was followed by three further rounds: regional, national and worldwide. Participants from 32 countries competed to be named the best in the world.
For each round the contestants composed original works for large ensembles, including two large-scale symphonies and an elaborate piece of chamber music.
Schejtman’s prize-winning composition, “Luce Nell’Oscurità,” a symphony performed by 80 musicians, will be recorded by The Digital Orchestra, an international orchestra created by Russian composer Mikhail Golikov.
“Luce Nell’Oscurità” requires a vast string section of 56 players; ten woodwind players (two oboes, two flutes, two bassoons, two clarinets, a contrabassoon and a piccolo flute); a brass section of ten (four french horns, three trombones, two trumpets and a tuba); symphonic percussion (cymbals, bass drum, timpani); and a harp. It lasts 14 minutes, and shows the influences of Chopin, Rachmaninoff and modern film music.
Mikhail Golikov’s Digital Orchestra is “the musical dream” of the Russian composer, to bring together the world’s best professional musicians. They performed Beethhoven’s nine symphonies to celebrate his 250th anniversary. Part of the WorldVision Composers Contest Prize is to have the winning piece recorded by this prestigious orchestra.
The three finalists will also receive a cash prize of between €3,000 and €10,000. The first prize winner will be granted a recording deal with a major label.
Rod Schejtman’s victory was celebrated in Argentina. He was interviewed on Radio Nacional Clásica, on Boris Laures’s show “Digital Midnight,” a weekly classical news show. His celebrated work, “Luce Nell’Oscurità” was broadcast in its entirety across the entire nation.
The final stage of the competition will begin 15th August; tune in to find out if an Argentine will be named the best classical composer in the world.
The music of Rod Schejtman, selected amongst the world's best, can be found through his social media: