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International Rostrum of Composers
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What is the International Rostrum of Composers ?

The International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) is organized by the International Music Council with the assistance of UNESCO and of participating radio networks. It is an international forum of representatives of broadcasting organizations who come together for the purpose of exchanging and broadcasting contemporary music. Its annual sessions are held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The IRC was initiated in 1954 with the participation of four European radio organizations; 33 networks took part in the 1995 session, the 42nd, including 6 from the Asia Pacific region and 6 from the Americas. 550 broadcasts of works presented at the 1994 session have since happened, some of the works having been broadcast up to 30 times during the year. IRC tapes, scores and notes are deposited at the Bibliotheque Gustav Mahler in Paris and at the Gaudeamus Foundation in Amsterdam. The IRC is the prototype for all the other IMC Rostra. Since last year, UNESCO offers a bursary to the composer whose work has been selected in the under-30 category and the EBU makes the selected and recommended works available through its "pink offer" system.

Founding organizations

Links towards participating radio networks

Works selected and recommanded at the rostrum:
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2004

Works selected at the rostrum over the years (chart)

Results of the 1993 International Rostrum of Composers

Chairman: Mogens Andersen (Danmarks Radio producer)

Results of the 1994 International Rostrum of Composers

Chairman: Mogens Andersen

Results of the 1995 International Rostrum of Composers

Chairman: Mogens Andersen

Results of the 1996 International Rostrum of Composers

Chairman: Mogens Andersen

Results of the 1997 International Rostrum of Composers

The 44th Rostrum was held at UNESCO in Paris, June 23-27 1997. It included national networks from 36 countries and five continents including six from Asia and the Pacific area and four from the Americas. Eastern Europe was particularly well represented with 12 countries participating. Finnish Radio (YLE) producer Heikki Valsta, newly elected, chaired the sessions.

Results of the 1998 International Rostrum of Composers

Watt for trombone and orchestra (1997) by French composer Pascal DUSAPIN (born 1955) and Seven Miniatures for orchestra (1996) by the young Finnish composer Tommi KÄRKKÄINEN (born 1969) are the works selected in the "general" and "composers under 30" categories by radio music producers participating in the 45th International Rostrum of Composers held at UNESCO in Paris, June 15 - 19 1998. Chairman: Heikki Valsta.

Results of the 1999 International Rostrum of Composers

Ariel's Music for solo clarinet and orchestra (1995) by Australian composer Brett DEAN (born 1961), Ground for cello and chamber orchestra (1998) by the Norwegian composer Rolf WALLIN (born 1957), and Waves II B for chamber orchestra (1998) by the young Norwegian composer Maja RATKJE (born 1973) are the works selected in the "general" and "composers under 30" categories by radio music producers participating in the 46th International Rostrum of Composers held at UNESCO in Paris, June 14 - 18 1999. Chairman: Heikki Valsta.

Results of the 2000 International Rostrum of Composers

The Violin Concerto (1998) by Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas (born 1953) in the general category, and Loodekaar (1998) for ensemble by the young Estonian composer Jüri Reinvere (born 1971) in the category of "composers under 30", are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 47th International Rostrum of Composers held in Amsterdam, June 5 - 9 2000.

Results of the 2001 International Rostrum of Composers

Lumottu Puutarha - Enchanted Garden (2000), a concerto for violin and orchestra by Finnish composer Uljas PULKKIS (born 1975) in the general category, and For the time being (1999) for orchestra by Canadian composer Brian CURRENT (born 1972) in the category of "composers under 30", are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 48th International Rostrum of Composers held at UNESCO in Paris, June 11-15 2001.

Results of the 2002 International Rostrum of Composers

The Dreaming River (1999), for symphonic orchestra by Swedish composer Anders HILLBORG (born 1954) in the general category, and Viento Negro (1999) for solo violin by Argentinian composer Daniel VACS (born 1972) in the category of "composers under 30", are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 49th International Rostrum of Composers held at UNESCO in Paris, June 10-14 2002.

Results of the 2004 International Rostrum of Composers

The 51th Rostrum was held at Maison de Radio France in Paris, June 7-11 2004.

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