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Tilburg Law School student Maurick Reuser wins 3rd prize in international Russian composition competition

Published: 25th February 2021 Last updated: 26th February 2021

On February 22nd, Tilburg University student, pianist and composer Maurick Reuser won the 3rd prize in the Russian international composition competition The Time of the Guitar. Maurick Reuser is student of piano at Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten and student of public administration at Tilburg University.

The international competition for composers "The Time of the Guitar" was organized by the Moscow International Association of Guitar Art, a leading organization in the field of international guitar music.  Maurick received the prize with the piece In the Shadow of the Stars, a solo guitar composition in the category Students of musical colleges. The piece is inspired by the coming together of eastern and western cultures. The prize entails that the work will be published by Bergmann Edition, a German publisher of guitar music. 

Unity in composition

Renowned Dutch composer and musicologist Leo Samama commented about the piece: ‘’What I like particularly is that you wove all material cleverly together throughout the entire work. There is great unity, which causes that all musical moments don’t emerge separately like grains of sand, but are naturally connected to each other, arise from each other, refer to each other. Multiple stars under one sky…’’

Maurick: I don’t play the guitar at all

Maurick is pleasently surprised with the achievement: ‘’In December 2020 I met Ekaterina Uvarova, a Russian guitarist who studies at the conservatory of Tilburg (MoM). We became friends and she asked me playfully to write a work for the guitar, something I never thought of before. It’s a beautiful, but difficult instrument to write for. Moreover, I don’t play the guitar at all! When she told me about the competition, I decided to go for it nonetheless. This result… I could never have dreamt of it.’’ A professional recording of the work will follow soon.

Last November Maurick won the third national prize in the Prinses Christina Composition Competition with his work Memory Lane.

Maurick Reuser is also fascinated by Japanese arts and culture: at the moment he researches the possibilities to integrate Japanese music and culture into music. In addition, Maurick works as accompanist of singers and he works for choirs like Weense Tunes (Roosendaal) and Cantiqua Klassiek (Tilburg). According to his colleagues, he ‘’emerged as a versatile artist and musician, and he is master in both composition as accompaniment.’’ In his spare time, Maurick likes learning Japanese, walking in the nature and reading books. 

maurick en ekaterina