The enduring legacy of one of America’s most decorated composers has been the basis for launching the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards, aimed at recognizing and enabling the next generation of music composition talent. It was shortly after graduating from Queens College—a founding partner of the awards—in 1967, that Hamlisch produced his first of more than 40 motion picture musical scores.
Following its tremendous success in 2019, 2020 and 2021, the 2022 Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards expanded the competition categories to enable musicians to apply in the following musical genres: Musical Theatre Composition, Film/Media Scoring, Classical Composition, Jazz Composition, Contemporary Pop and Contemporary R&B. Composers worldwide are eligible to compete in categories for Youth (under 18) and Emerging Composers (pre-professional composers aged 18+) for sponsored in-kind and cash prize packages.
Composers from around the world were encouraged to compete, by registering online. “We are so grateful and humbled by the immense, diverse and extremely successful participation of 500+ composers in all music genres out of 40+ countries,” said Betsy Walters and Peter H. Gistelinck, Co-Founding Board members of the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards. “We are so thankful to all of our celebrity presenters for their unconditional support and are thrilled that, especially in these continued challenging times, they are able to make such a difference in memory of the legendary Marvin Hamlisch.”
“I speak for everyone at Queens College when I say that we are so proud to call Marvin Hamlisch an alumnus,” said Queens College President Frank H. Wu. “More than ten years after his passing, Hamlisch continues to impact the lives of so many through his work. We are honored to partner with the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards for this incredible event. Although this year’s celebration is again presented virtually, it is sure to be an exciting evening filled with memorable appearances and wonderful music.”
The celebrity presenters for the 2022 Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards, who will announce the nominees as well as the ultimate winner in each of the following categories, are as follows:
CONTEMPORARY POP – PRESENTED BY CLIVE DAVIS
Sophia Angelica (United States), Isabella Dusias (United States), Abel Libisch (United States), Lucia Linares (Spain), Da Jun Yoo (South Korea)
CONTEMPORARY R&B – PRESENTED BY CLIVE DAVIS
Oliviana Marie (United States)
FILM/MEDIA SCORING (EMERGING DIVISION) – PRESENTED BY BILL GADEN
Pascal Coppé (Belgium), Yohan Jager (Canada), Jeroen Jaspers – with Bas van Win (The Netherlands), Luke Snyder (United States), Seth Evan Stone (United States), Bas van Win – with Jeroen Jaspers (The Netherlands)
CLASSICAL COMPOSITION (EMERGING DIVISION) – PRESENTED BY MARIA FRIEDMAN
Inbal Cohen-Rasner (Israel), Serge Fattal (Armenia), YuehLing Li (Taiwan), Ruth Roshan (Australia), Su-Chan Sang (Dominican Republic)
JAZZ COMPOSITION (EMERGING DIVISION) – PRESENTED BY PAUL SHAFFER
Salvatore Cirillo (Italy), Claire Cope (United States), Ally Fiola (Canada), Oliviana Marie (United States), Luca Poletti (Italy)
MUSICAL THEATRE COMPOSITION – PRESENTED BY KELLI O’ HARA
Trish Causey (United States), Luke Enders (United States), Andrew Gerace – with Anna Rosengart (United States), Anna Rosengart – with Andrew Gerace (United States), Sulwyn Lok (Singapore), Veronica Mansour (United States)
FILM/MEDIA SCORING (YOUTH DIVISION) – PRESENTED BY SANTINO FONTANA
Sean Carnahan (United States), Mandy Chassar Hesketh (United Kingdom), Felicity Handreck (Australia), Alexandre Manoukian (France), Leila Remzi (United Kingdom)
CLASSICAL COMPOSITION (YOUTH DIVISION) – PRESENTED BY SIR HOWARD STRINGER
Benjamin Barish (United States), Maddy Chassar Hesketh (United Kingdom), Annika Joshi (United States), Alexander Moiseev (United States), Daniel Pengelly (United Kingdom)
JAZZ COMPOSITION (YOUTH DIVISION) – PRESENTED BY FRANCIS GOYA
John Critelli (United States), Levi Rodriguez (United States)
The actual 2022 awards ceremony is planned for Monday, November 21, 2022 @ 7pm EST and will be streamed live at www.hamlischawards.tv
The International Distinguished Members of the Jury who selected the ultimate winners for 2022 in each category are Dori Bernstein, Ebs Burnough, Daniel Carlin, Kevin Cole, Helen Cha-Pyo, Bernard Dotson, Todd Ellison, Raul Esparza, Bill Gaden, J. Ernest Green, Sheldon Harnick (Honorary), Michael Keller, John Koutselinis, David Linx, Marissa McGowan, Joel McNeely, Dr. Patricio Molina, Bernard Resnick, Dr. Edward Smaldone, Lawrence J. Tamburri and Gregory W. Tucker.
The Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards has as its mission to champion the musical talent of youth and emerging composers from around the world. The awards have been created to honor the late Marvin Hamlisch, paying tribute to his remarkable legacy as both an artist of incomparable accomplishment, as well as an advocate for emerging talent. Mr. Hamlisch was one of only two people (along with fellow American composer Richard Rodgers) to have won an Emmy Award, Grammy Award, Oscar and Tony Award, in addition to the Pulitzer Prize, for his ground-breaking musical, “A Chorus Line.”
The Marvin Hamlisch international Music Awards is grateful for the support of its founding partners: Queens College, Concord, Caroline’s Cakes, ASCAP, Hal Leonard, Orange Tree Samples, MOTU, Embertone and Score a Score. Their generous contributions help expand the impact of the Marvin Hamlisch Scholarship fund at Queens College for many years to come.