Bram Van Camp, Belgian Composer of the Year 2020

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Bram Van Camp has been elected Composer of the Year 2020. He receives this prize for his two compositions, Träume and Scherzo-Bagatelle. The Antwerp composer of contemporary classical music will receive not only the recognition, but also a financial prize awarded by Sabam for Culture…   

The independent jury praised Bram Van Camp for his very unique voice and for his accessible, yet far from easy, composing style. “Van Camp appeals to a wide audience without losing authenticity. Standing between the grandeur of the universally known violin concertos is no easy task. Van Camp succeeds miraculously by combining virtuosity with an original contemporary orchestration”, according to the jury. On the occasion of receiving this prestigious prize, presenter and lover of classical music Thomas Vanderveken spoke with the lucky winner (see down).
 
Träume was commissioned by Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen. The music is completely in function of the expression of romantic poetry, which makes the composition very lyrical. The harmony is also reminiscent of tonality, but within its own harmonic system, which also allows for dissonance.
 
Scherzo-Bagatelle was commissioned by the Queen Elisabeth Competition, intended for the semi-finals of the 2019 violin competition in Brussels. In this short, whimsical composition not only the violin virtuosity is addressed, but also musical skills are put to the test, including playing together with the pianist.

About the prize

Sabam for Culture is looking for the composer of contemporary classical music who has left his or her mark on the past year. The focus is on the creation of new compositions in 2019. The winner receives official recognition and a financial award of €5,000. Sabam is thus investing in the laureate’s career.

The winners are chosen by a five-member independent jury:

  • Michiel De Malsche (Composer and Vice-President COMAV)
  • Chloe Herteleer (Music programmer deSingel)
  • Filip Rathé (Artistic director and conductor SPECTRA)
  • Jeroen Vanacker (Artistic director concert hall Bruges)
  • Marie Paule Wouters (Musicologist, author and programme maker for radio and TV)

Website Sabam

Bram Van Camp at Donemus