The nominators for the 2017 composition competition were George Benjamin, Ivan Fedele, John Heiss, and Kent Nagano.
Matthew Ricketts, born in British Columbia in 1986, is currently based in New York City, where he is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts at Columbia University. His music has been performed at several different festivals throughout Canada and the USA, including the FORUM of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne in Montreal in 2014 and the Wellesley Composers Conference in 2015. He will be a Composer-Collaborator-in-residence at East Carolina University in 2016-2018, and is working currently on three commissions for orchestra and for chamber groups. He also wrote the libretto for an opera, Less Truth More Telling, collaborating with the composer Thierry Tidrow for the Dutch National Opera.
Born in 1988, Tom Coult studied at the University of Manchester and at King’s College London. He is active in London, where his works have been performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, and numerous chamber groups. His Four Perpetual Motions was awarded that Royal Philharmonic Society Prize in 2013. In 2014 he was a featured composer at the ‘Soundings’ Festival at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London. He has also written on the music of Boulez for Tempo and for the Boulez exhibition book at the Philharmonie de Paris. He is currently collaborating with the writer Alice Birch on a project for an opera for Aldeburgh Music.