Diego Lozano - Musikphantome for String Quartet. Composed in 2012, Musikphantome for string quartet was awarded first prize in the 2015 Malta International Composition Competition (Valletta, Malta). From the composer: "Musikphantome is a term used by Christoph Ruths and can be translated as “phantoms of music” or “musical ghosts”. The germinal idea of the piece was to transfigure from psychic imagery to a musical language a recollection of memories which involuntarily kept appearing in my mind. These “ghosts” manifested themselves in groups conformed by individual abstract figures, each group with distinct characteristics, forms, colors, textures, and essences. Somehow, I managed to explore and ultimately externalize these “ghosts” by making way for them through a very intuitive compositional process."