“When Ramsey Sadaka began taking piano lessons at age 8, he never expected to study composition, much less have one of his pieces performed by a professional orchestra,” writes Brittany Moseley in the January issue of Columbus Monthly (OH). “Sadaka is one of six composers who won the Columbus Symphony’s first SCORE! competition … launched last summer…. ‘It’s super exciting because it’s not always so easy to get these sort of opportunities,’ … Sadaka says. ‘A bunch of people I know and really care about in Ohio get to see and hear my work.’ … (The other five [winners] are: Nabil Abad, student at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music; Martin Hebel and Charles Peck, both graduates of University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Jiří Trtík, student at Cleveland Institute of Music; and Meng Wang, student at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.) Sadaka studied composition and cello performance at Ohio State University…. Sadaka’s winning piece, ‘Andromeda Fantasy,’ was … inspired by … Odilon Redon’s painting, ‘Andromeda,’ which depicts the Greek princess chained to a rock in the sea while the monster Cetus looms behind her.” The Columbus Symphony performed the winning compositions at a free Happy Hour concert on Wednesday.

Posted January 11, 2019