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Film Music Competition 2021

One film – three musical experiences 

Once a year the Zurich Film Festival and the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich AG collaborate with the Forum Filmmusik to present the International Film Music Competition.

182 up-and-coming composers from 37 countries around the globe submitted arrangements for the award-winning short film ETIQUETA NEGRA by David Vergés. The jury, which included Danna, the Swiss-Australian film composer Diego Baldenweg, the Swiss music supervisor Pirmin Marti and the German conductor Frank Strobel, selected the compositions of three entrants to participate in the final. These were world premiered by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the baton of Frank Strobel before the award ceremony.

“The competition offers the audience a rare opportunity to hear and compare different approaches in a live concert. It gives them an idea of the great musical diversity that is possible," says Marc Barwisch, Head of Artistic Administration at the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich. "From the perspective of the participants, it is a great opportunity to hear their own compositions performed by a world-class orchestra. This chance attracts hundreds of talents from around the world to enter this competition every year." 

Andrey Mordovsky (left) and Mychael Danny (right)

The jury gave the following reason for its choice: “Andrey Mordovsky's score is bold and audacious, eccentric and full of irony, like the film itself that it portrays. The score is skillfully orchestrated with interesting colours and in the end successfully builds a world that mirrors the film in almost every way."

Golden Eye winner Andrey Mordovsky, who had already been one of the finalists at the 8th International Film Music Competition two years ago, was overjoyed to receive the award this year: "I’m insanely happy to be here in this wonderful city, to be a part of this film festival. This competition is a great opportunity for young composers like me from all over the world.”

The evening was rounded off by a Film Music Concert, which included scores by Mychael Danna. The audiovisual signet of the Zurich Film Festival was also premiered: the visual was created by Swiss director and video artist Luzian Schlatter. The ZFF Suite "Eye to the World" by Composer Trio Diego Baldenweg with Nora Baldenweg & Lionel Baldenweg was played live for the first time by the Tonhalle Orchestra; it is further available for replay on various platforms such as Spotify. The Composer Trio Baldenweg was also honoured with a medley of their film music, with the support of the Fondation Suisa.


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