Rapido!® Audience Favorite Prize Winner is Composer Louis Cruz!

The public has spoken! After tallying up the online votes for all five Finalists' pieces, New York-based composer Louis Cruz (the Northeast Finalist) has won the Audience Favorite Prize! Cruz will rceive a $500 cash prize for his piece MVC.

You can watch Boston Music Viva perform the work online at our YouTube page.


Grand Prize Winner of the Rapido!® Take Four!! Composition Contest - Mark Buller!

Congratulations to Mark Buller, the Southwest Regional Finalist for winning the Grand Prize! An expanded version of Mark's winning piece, Regressive Variations, will be performed in five cities next season, and he will have a new work premiered by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!


The Rapido! Take Four!! Cycle musicians, judges, and grand prize winner (left to right): Ted Gurch, Helen Hwaya Kim, Michael Gandolfi, Mark Buller, Libby Larsen, Robert Spano, Elizabeth Pridgen

Rapido!® Take Four!! Composition
Contest - National Finalists Chosen!

The Rapido! 14 Day Composition Contest has achieved remarkable success over its three cycles to date, distributing many thousands of dollars in prize money and furthering the careers of numerous underrepresented and deserving classical composers. Rapido! is open to composers residing in the United States, and is a unique competition that requires speedy composition, with participants writing a new work in just 2 weeks!

This year’s competition - Rapido! Take Four!! is a collaboration of five ensembles from Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, and San Francisco. The competition's cash prizes total over $20,000, plus a residency at the Hambidge Center for the Arts and performances by all five ensembles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!


The Five National Finalist Composers:

Ensembles Atlanta Symphony Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Voices of Change Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings Boston Musica Viva Atlanta Chamber Players