TEAS-commissioned Khojaly work shortlisted for major musical award

French composer Pierre Thilloy has been shortlisted for his TEAS-commissioned piece Khojaly 613 by the judging panel for the ‘Best Composer’ category in the Victoires de la Musique Classique Awards, placing him amongst the final eight composers out of 160 candidates. In his submission, Mr Thilloy explained the background to this piece, which commemorates the killing in 1992 of 613 civilians by Armenian military forces in Khojaly, a large town in Nagorno-Karabakh. The shortlist will be further reduced to four contenders, with the awards ceremony finally taking place live on France 2 television before an estimated audience of 2m viewers.

Khojaly 613 was premiered in February this year during a concert at the Church of Saint-Roch in Paris to commemorate the victims of the Khojaly Massacre, followed by its UK premiere during a similar concert at St. John’s, Smith Square, London.