Alumnus Thomas van Dun wins International Rostrum of Composers

23 May 2024

Thomas van Dun, a talented Dutch composer and alumnus of our conservatory, has been awarded the IRC Prize for young composers under 30 at the 70th International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Vilnius, Lithuania. Thomas, who completed his master's degree three years ago, was recognized for his composition "Rocailles de l’après-vie…," a captivating piece for a large ensemble.

About the competition
The International Rostrum of Composers is a flagship program of the International Music Council, promoting contemporary music creation through broadcasting for seventy years. The IRC is a critical platform for professional exchange between radio producers worldwide. This year, representatives from 21 national radio networks presented 39 works, showcasing the latest in contemporary music.

Significance of the IRC Prize
Winning the IRC Prize for young composers under 30 places Thomas van Dun among the most promising emerging talents on the international stage. The competition's rigorous selection process and esteemed reputation provide significant exposure and opportunities for composers, enhancing their careers and contributions to contemporary music.

The IRC also compiled a list of recommended works by composers under 30. Among these was "I listen to the ocean and all I hear is you," a piece by another alumna of our composition department: Amarante Nat.

Read more on the 70th edition of the International Rostrum of Composers here

A versatile talent
Not only is Thomas a brilliant composer, but he also impressed audiences on the Dutch TV program Project Rembrandt, where he was crowned the best amateur painter in the Netherlands. His success in both composition and painting showcases his remarkable versatility and creative talent.
For those who missed the program, you can watch it here.

Congratulations, Thomas, on your outstanding achievements!

Photo: Harry Stuuran