Meet the Iron Composer 2013 Finalists!

Analog Arts has selected Can Bilir (Ankara), Jennifer Jolley (Delaware), Jakub Polaczyk (Lexington), Christoffer Schunk (Newhall), and David Wolfson (New York) to compete as finalists in this year’s Iron Composer. They have all accepted our invitation to join us in Cleveland on September 6 for the contest.

We encourage you to click through to their websites, read more about them, and listen to their music. This is a fantastic group of composers with very diverse styles and backgrounds. We are looking forward to cooking up a great challenge for them:

Can Bilir (Ankara) is a composer and guitarist currently enrolled in doctoral studies at Bilkent University in Turkey. He was recently selected as a composer for the European Broadcasting festival “MusMa V”. Read more about Can at
Jennifer Jolley (Cincinnati) teaches composition, music theory, and electronic music at Ohio Wesleyan University. Jennifer is the co-founder and artistic director of North American New Opera Workshop (N.A.N.O.Works), a new chamber opera company devoted to developing and staging short contemporary operas by emerging North American composers. Read more about Jennifer at
Jakub Polaczyk (Lexington), a native of Krakow, studied orchestration there with Krzysztof Penderecki. Most recently, he received an Artists Diploma from Carnegie Mellon where he performed as a pianist in the contemporary ensemble. Read more about Jakub at
Christoffer Schunk (Newhall) is an active multi-instrumentalist and composer based in southern California. His compositions have been premiered by New Century Players, Santa Clarita Master Chorale, Ensemble for Contemporary Music, and UC Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra. Read more about Christoffer at
David Wolfson (New York) is a composer, music director, arranger, pianist and copyist. He has had an active career in theatrical music, stretching from his days as assistant musical director at the Cleveland Play House to his work with broad variety of dance and theater projects in New York City. Read more about David at

Iron Composer received a record number of applications this year. Entries poured in from all over the world, and there were more qualified composers to choose from than at anytime in the history of the competition. Choosing just five composers to compete in Cleveland was very difficult, and we are grateful to everyone who entered.

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