Graduate composer Dayton Kinney is an invited finalist for the 15th Thailand International Composers Competition “Rapee Sagarik Composition Prize”
Kinney's piece "Hand Carved Names and Railroad Tracks" will be premiered by the Grey Matter Ensemble on August 9, 2019 at MACM hall. One winner will be awarded an honorarium of $1,500 at the conclusion of the festival and competition.
The Thailand International Composition Festival (TICF) was established with the goal of improving the standard of Composition Education in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Founded in 2005 by the award-winning Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen, TICF has been the growing focus for Contemporary Music in Thailand since its inception. Composers and performers from all over the world have convened to provide major contributions to the festival. Past guests have included Augusta Read Thomas, Bernard Rands, Ken Ueno, Federico Garcia de Castro, Mara Gibson, Ye Xiaogang, Xu Chang-Jun, Chen Yi, Eric Moe, Xiaogang Ye, James Mobberley, Zhou Long, Robert Beaser, Bright Sheng, Norbert Palej, Zygmunt Krauze, Amy Williams, Paul Patterson, Chinary Ung, Antonio Celso Ribeiro, the New York New Music Ensemble, Tetris String Quartet, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, New Ear Ensemble, Dave Eggar, Pauline Kim Harris, Rachel Golub, Tomoko Honda, Michael Hall, the Armrein/ Henneberger Duo, Luisa Sello, Vicennium Void, Enclave Ensemble, Siam Saxophone Quartet, Ryu Goto, Michael Hall, Alvin Wong, Delta David Gier, Fabricio Rovasio, Bennett Lerner, Sngkn Kim, and many others.
Dayton Kinney creates music that has won and has been recognized at numerous competitions at the international and national level. Performed in the U.S. and abroad, her music has had notable performances by the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Durham Medical Orchestra, Rela Percussion, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Zodiac Trio, and at Pittsburgh Opera. Her eclectic style is inspired by juxtapositions and accessibility, exploring the concept of tonal ambiguity through patterns, sectional comparisons, and repetition. Dayton is a doctoral candidate for a Ph.D. in Music - Composition at Duke University with John Supko as her dissertation advisor. She previously earned her Master of Music in Composition at Carnegie Mellon University and her Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude with Honors in Music from Smith College.