We caught up with Alexander Papp, one of our “fab five” composers who are finalists in the ERSO emerging composers’ competition: “A Fanfare for Ernest Read”.
We’re so excited to work on his excellent fanfare in our workshop final on March 15th.
19 year-old composer Alexander Papp holds a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music studying composition with Gary Carpenter. Alex previously studied at the Purcell School, is a Composer alumni of the National Youth Orchestra and in 2016/17 was an Associate Composer with the Britten Sinfonia Academy. In 2016 he was a prizewinner in the RPS Duet Young Composer Prize and in 2017 he won the RSNO ‘Notes from Scotland’ Young Composer Prize.
Alex told us about his inspiration:
“It was only four years ago that I became convinced I wanted to become a composer and I am fortunate enough to be able to pin point the exact moment I knew this. I was at Junior Guildhall playing the second violin in Dvorak’s 7th Symphony and the second movement made me feel a way I had never felt before. I became in love with the music, obsessed to the point that I can literally tell a story about what I think the music is saying. The fact that a composer made me feel this way inspires me to do the same, and I aim to create a form of storytelling is within my music.”
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