November 28, 2012

Composer Michel van der Aa Wins Grawemeyer Award

Michel van der Aa

Michel van der Aa

Congratulations to Dutch composer and ASCAP member Michel van der Aa, who has won the University of Louisville's 2013 Grawemeyer Award for music composition in recognition of his work "Up-close" for cello, string ensemble, electronic soundtrack and film. The celebrated work blends musical and visual art and is defined by interaction between the live musicians and a mysterious woman featured in its film component.

Grawemeyer Award Director Marc Satterwhite said in a statement on the award-winning piece: "It's a virtuoso cello concerto but also a fascinating multimedia experience that defies simple classification. It really creates its own genre."

The Grawemeyer is one of the world's most lucrative music prizes, valued this year at $100,000. The University of Lousville presents four Grawemeyer Awards each year for outstanding works in music composition, world order, psychology and education.

The European Concert Hall Organization commissioned "Up-close," which was first performed at Stockholm in 2011. It was written for the cellist Sol Gabetta and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Preview the 30-minute work with the trailer to "Up-close" below.

Up-close | trailer from Michel van der Aa on Vimeo.

To visit Michel on the web, go to

Follow Michel on Twitter: @vanderaanet