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School of Music Associate Professor of Music Nick Demos awarded the U.S. Birmingham Prize in the 2005 Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial
On Sunday, August 28th in Birmingham, Alabama at the first performance of the 2005 Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, the audience voted to award Atlanta composer, Nickitas J. Demos, the U.S. Birmingham Prize for his piece, Tonoi IV for electric cello. Cellist Craig Hultgren played a solo program of seven finalists. The concert took place in the Hulsey Recital Hall under the auspices of the Music Department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

On Sunday, August 28th in Birmingham, Alabama at the first performance of the 2005 Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, the audience voted to award Atlanta composer, Nickitas J. Demos, the U.S. Birmingham Prize for his piece, Tonoi IV for electric cello. Cellist Craig Hultgren played a solo program of seven finalists. The concert took place in the Hulsey Recital Hall under the auspices of the Music Department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Nickitas J. Demos, founder and artistic director of the neoPhonia New Music Ensemble, is associate professor of music, coordinator of composition studies, and director of the Center for Hellenic Studies at Georgia State University. He holds degrees in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University and the University North Carolina. He has received performances by many major orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. North/South Consonance, Thámyris, the Rialto Brass Quintet and the Converse College Brass Quintet have performed his chamber music works. Tonoi IV is part of a series of works for solo performers. The piece is abstract in nature, having no particular programmatic idea; it is typical of the previous works in the series in that the harmonic and melodic material presented at the beginning are used and developed throughout. Because of the electric nature of the instrument, effects processing plays a critical role in the composition. The piece was written for Hultgren.

The finalists for the 2005 Biennial are:
Break-Out a miniature for solo cello by Katy Abbott (Northcote, Australia)
Sonata for Cello & Tape by Michael Angell (Birmingham, Alabama)
Tonoi IV for solo electric cello by Nickitas J. Demos (Atlanta, Georgia)
Più mesto for 2-bow cello by Carlo Forlivesi (Imola, Italy)
Voices from the Gorge for cello & tape with back-projected images by Stephen Gard (Thirlmere, Australia)
Stigmata for solo violoncello by Vincent Chee-Yung Ho (Calgary, Canada)
Everything is Permitted for solo cello by Robert Percy (Twickenham, United Kingdom)

This same program of finalists will also be performed on Tuesday, September 13th at 7:30 pm in the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall of Georgia State University in Atlanta as part of the neoPhonia Series and on Tuesday, September 20th at 7:30 pm in the Huey Recital Hall of the Moody Music Building on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Audiences in attendance at the conclusion of each concert will vote to award the Atlanta Prize, and the Tuscaloosa Prize. There is more information about the 2005 Biennial posted at http://www.vhnet.net/bama/Biennial.html.