music+culture is pleased to announce the winners of the music+culture 2013 International Competition for Composers:

Alan Hankers
Alan J. Hankers
1st Prize


Alan J. Hankers is a composer and pianist from New York. He is the winner of the SUNY Fredonia Composition Competition and has performed at the Steinway Gallery and attended the Golandsky Summer Symposium at Princeton on a full scholarship.

His composition, Rain, Fall, was selected for the top prize by our panel of adjudicators: Brian Hanke (pianist/composer; Founder, music+culture), Erik Nielsen (composer; recipient of the 2002 National Symphony Orchestra composition prize) and Dr. Kanae Matsumoto (international pianist).

To read more about Mr. Hankers, click here.

David Lipten
2nd Prize


David Lipten was awarded our second prize for his composition Best Served Cold.

Dr. Lipten holds a Ph.D. in composition from Duke University and has had his works performed by the NYNME, the Verdehr Trio, and the Chester Quartet.

Bahram Osqueezdeh
3rd Prize


Bahram Osqueezdeh is the recipient of our third prize for his Etudes for Piano, Book I.

Dr. Osqueezdeh earned his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published papers and articles on music in many scholarly journals and is co-founder and director of the Darvak Institute of Music.