Young Violinist Wins Composition Contest in US

Jonas Tarm Photo: Courtesy Mike Canale
2/7/2012 11:42 AM
Category: Culture

An Estonian-American violinist has placed first in the National Composition Contest of the US Music Teachers National Association.

Tallinn-born Jonas Tarm, 18, who spent the first ten years of his life in Estonia before his family moved to the US, won in the Senior category with a Latin-tinged piece for an ensemble of violin, piano, cello and flute titled ‘Las Ruinas Circulares’, inspired on a Jorge Luis Borges short story of the same name.

Tarm will travel to New York in March where the piece will be performed at the Music Teachers National Association's annual congress. He also won a cash prize of 2,000 US dollars.

Tarm, the first Estonian-born winner, was the Illinois representative and beat out young composers from all 50 states.

Tarm is enrolled in the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program and studies violin with MIC faculty member Gerardo Ribeiro and composition with Matthew Hagle.

"Las Ruinas Circulares" can be heard in a feature on the website of radio station WFMT :

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