Keyboard Magazine has done a short write up on the GPO Competition "From Software to Symphony Hall": GPO Orchestration Competition" in the Intro section of this month's issue.
"'Replace and Orchestra with software?' asks Gary Garritan, creator of the Garritan Personal Orchestra. "No way. I want my software to inspire composers to write music that's good enough to be played by a real orchestra". To that end, Garritan created the GPO Orchestration Competition Contest in which over 200 entrants submitted orchestral compositions created entirely using their audio/MIDI sequencer or notation program and GPO. Co-sponsored by Keyboard the constest culminated this past March in a gala performance by the Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic. The 18-year-old grand prize winner Richard Birdsall won a trip to the concert, a performance of his piece "Kinights and Magic", a recording of his piece by the orchestra and tuition to the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program. Runners-up Kentaro Sato, Craig Reeves and William Pearson also had their works performed by the orchestra..."
I would like to thank Keyboard Magazine for co-sponsoring this groundbreaking event. A congratulations again to our winners.
To read the rest please pick up the latest issue of Keyboard.