Society of Chamber Music in Rochester’s College Composition Competition winner is Julian Bennett Holmes, of New York City.
Holmes is a student of Marjorie Merryman at Manhattan School of Music. His Sonata for Flute and Piano will receive a cash award of $1,000 and a performance during the 2018-19 SCMR season.
Holmes previously won prizes such as the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Award, Mannes College Bohuslav Martinu Prize and second prize at the seventh International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition. In 2016, his first symphony was premiered by Mannes Orchestra. His first opera, a one-act, will premiere in 2018.
Sonata for Flute and Piano was composed in 2017 for flutist David Ordovsky and pianist Baron Fenwick. It premiered in October that year at Manhattan School of Music. The first movement is a highly compressed sonata form variant, squeezing exposition, development and recapitulation sections into two minutes, 30 seconds. The second movement, much slower than the first, gives the players space to stretch out as they pass material back and forth. The third movement, a lively allegro, is a new take on the rondo, where material introduced in each episode is now incorporated contrapuntally into the following restatement of the rondo theme.
SCMR’s Composition Competition started in 2003 as a regional high school competition. It expanded in 2007 to include a college level competition. In 2011, the competitions were further expanded to their current statewide format.
The next SCMR Composition competitions are for 2019. Visit for information.