The first winner of the Lord Mayor's Prize for Composition was Mr Adam Kornas. His composition entitled Paradise Regained was for double cello string quintet and was first performed at The Mansion House in October 2012. Following the performance, Mr Kornas was presented with his award by the Master, Alderman Andrew Parmley.
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Adam Kornas started his musical education as a violinist and composer at Chetham's School in Manchester, continuing at the Royal College of Music. Postgraduate studies were at the Royal Northern College of Music, from where he graduated with a Masters degree in Conducting.
In June 2014 he was named Yeoman of the Month by The Musicians' Company. Click Here to see further details.
The 2012 composition's title was inspired by the epic poem of the same name by John Milton. According to Kornas: "...the music starts very dark and lost, moves through passion and despair, but then ends in peace. This journey from darkness to light loosely reflects the journey between Milton’s, Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained". Click on the image right to hear a performance of the piece.
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