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Musician a 'master' composer.

A Warwickshire man who composed his first orchestral piece at the age of ten has been named the world's brightest classical music composer.

Mr Andrew March, aged 24, was awarded the pounds 35,000 Masterprize award at London's Barbican Hall, beating an experienced field of finalists from Italy, Australia, the United States, China and Sweden.

His orchestral work Marine a Travers Les Arbres was chosen by both a celebrity jury and the public from more than 1,000 entries from 60 countries.

Mr March said he was shelhocked by the win and felt both ecstatic and terrified.

"It seemed like an enormous rock-face to climb, and my piece seemed like just a needle in a hay-stack," he said.

Mr March started to compose at the age of eight and wrote his first orchestral piece at the age of ten.

"I wanted to be a pianist up to a point, but I never thought I was good enough and always liked to compose," he said.

He studied composition at the Royal College of Music and graduated in 1996.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Apr 9, 1998
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