New commission for Sheffield

04 Dec 2014

Elizabeth Ogonek, 2014 RPS Composition Prize winner, will write a chamber work for Music in the Round's May 2015 Festival.

We are very pleased to announce the final winner of this year's RPS Composition Prize is Elizabeth Ogonek. We are very grateful to the Garrick Charitable Trust for supporting this commission.

As a result of winning an RPS Composition Prize, Elizabeth will be writing a chamber piece for Music in the Round's May 2015 Festival. The new work is based on a poem of Rimbaud - Enfance (Childhood) from the 'Les Illuminations' collection - that casts a backward look at childhood and youth. 

“I'm incredibly humbled and honoured to be a part of such a magnificent lineage of composers who have received the RPS Composition Prize. It is with great joy and excitement that I look forward to working closely with Ensemble 360 and Music in the Round!”

Elizabeth was born in 1989 in Anoka, Minnesota, and grew up in New York City. She began composing music age 16, received degrees from Indiana University and the University of Southern California, and is currently a doctoral student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying with Julian Anderson. Already the winner of numerous awards, her work has been performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, by the London Symphony Orchestra and members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. 

Elizabth Ogonek joins Samuel Bordoli, Oliver Leith, Nicholas Morrish Rarity, Michael Small and Nicholas Stuart as the 2014 RPS Composition Prize winners.

Read more about the RPS Composition Prize

4 December 2014


Ricardo Castro: International pianist who established a flourishing youth music programme in Bahià, Brazil. Awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2013.


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