About the competition

New in 2017, the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers encourages the creation of new Canadian chamber music by up-and-coming composers.

The competition recognizes works for chamber music formations, including piano, that have the potential to engage a wide audience and become part of the standard repertoire.

Congratulations to our five winners!

  • 1st prize: Thierry Tidrow
  • 2nd prize: Ashkan Behzadi
  • 3rd prize: Christopher Goddard
  • 4th prize: Taylor Brook
  • 5th prize: Alison Yun-Fei Jiang
  • People's Choice Award winner: Alison Yun-Fei Jiang

2018 Finalists

Canadian composers Ashkan Behzadi, Taylor Brook, Christopher Goddard, Alison Yun-Fei Jiang and Thierry Tidrow competed in the GSC's final round.

The Jury

Works will be judged by an international jury made up of composers, performers and concert-goers, chaired by the Dean of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.


12 Sep 2018

While Iranian-Canadian composer Ashkan Behzadi describes his first pieces as “immature and naïve,” the same certainly can’t be said about his current output.

5 Sep 2018

After hearing Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 being performed in his high school’s library, Taylor Brook knew that he wanted to become a composer.

29 Aug 2018

Ever since he joined Ottawa’s Saint-Matthews Choir as a boy soprano, German-based composer ThierryTidrow knew he wanted to be a musician.

22 Aug 2018

For composer and pianist Chris Goddard, pursuing composition as a career came out of a desire to better understand music.

14 Aug 2018

Quickly making a name for herself, Chinese-Canadian composer Alison Yun-Fei Jiang’s compositions have been heard across North America and Europe.

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