The Azrieli Music Prizes
The Azrieli Commission for International Music
The Azrieli Commission for International Music invites composers worldwide to engage with the richness of humanity’s diverse cultural heritage, both creatively and critically, all with the goal of fostering greater intercultural understanding through music.
The Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music
The Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music is open to all composers of Candian citizenship or permanent residency with the aim of encouraging creative and critical engagement with the complexities of composing Canadian concert music.
Laureates: Keiko Devaux (2020), Rita Ueda (2022)
The Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music
Open to the international music community, works can be nominated by individuals and institutions from all nationalities, faiths, backgrounds and affiliations and submitted to the AMP Jury for Jewish Music through the open call for scores. Works may have been premiered within seventy-five (75) years of the award date, but must not have a significant performance history, and must not have been commercially recorded.
Laureates: Wlad Marhulets (2016), Avner Dorman (2018), Yitzhak Yedid (2020), Aharon Harlap (2022)
The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music
The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music is open to composers worldwide with the aim of encouraging creative and critical engagement with the question ‘What is Jewish Music?’
Laureates: Brian Current (2016), Kelly-Marie Murphy (2018), Yotam Haber (2020), Iman Habibi (2022)
The AMP Community
The Azrieli Music Prizes have been offered biennially since 2014.
For its first two editions in 2016 and 2018, AMP focused on the discovery and creation of orchestral music that celebrated excellence in new Jewish music.
In an effort to open AMP to a larger circle of composers, the Azrieli Foundation has expanded its four music prizes to call for a variety of instrumentation categories. These include:
- 2022: Orchestral Music – Symphony orchestra plus up to two (2) soloists
- 2024: Choral Music – A cappella choir plus up to four additional instruments and/or vocal soloist(s)
- 2026: Oratorio or Opera-in-Concert – Symphony orchestra, choir and up to four (4) vocal soloists in either an oratorio or one-act opera-in-concert format.
In establishing this cycle, the Azrieli Foundation hopes to give composers longer lead times by which to plan their AMP submissions while also allowing the prize program to enrich the Canadian, International and Jewish music repertoires.
AMP featured in the International Media
March 9, 2023
The Azrieli Music Prizes are getting some special attention with the approaching 10th anniversary.
Their status as one of the world’s most significant international music composition competitions was profiled prominently in the March 2023 issue of International Arts Manager magazine. Have a look!
Maestro Boris Brott z”l
April 6, 2022
With a heavy heart, we mourn the tragic and untimely passing today of Maestro Boris Brott OC, O.Ont, GOQ. Boris was an irreplaceable part of the Azrieli Music Prizes community, having served with dedication and passion on the Azrieli Jewish Music Prizes Jury since 2015 and the AMP Advisory Council since 2018.
Boris was one of the most internationally-recognized Canadian conductors and dedicated his life to educating, motivating, and bridging cultures through music. As Artistic Director of the Orchestre classique de Montréal (formerly McGill Chamber Orchestra), Maestro Brott collaborated with AMP both frequently and intensively. We will forever remember his life-affirming spirit, warm and generous leadership, and unyielding commitment to the universal and unifying power of music.
He was a very dear friend, and we will miss him terribly.
The Azrieli Foundation Announces 2022 Azrieli Music Prize Laureates
November 4, 2021
The Azrieli Foundation proudly announces the three laureates of their 2022 Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) – the Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music to Iman Habibi, the Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music to Aharon Harlap and the second edition of the Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music to Rita Ueda. Established in 2014, the biennial Azrieli Music Prizes advance the Azrieli Foundation’s commitment to discovering, elevating and amplifying artistic voices that exhibit excellence and embodies its belief in music as a vital human endeavour that allows us to express our creativity; to expand our worldview; and to foster positive cultural exchanges.
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