ASCAP Composers Berger & Trapani win Rome Prize

August 24, 2016

An ASCAP coup this year, as our esteemed members Jonathan Berger and Christopher Trapani have been named the two composer recipients of this year’s highly-coveted Rome Prize. The American Academy in Rome awards the Rome Prize to a select group of artists and scholars, after an application process that begins in the fall of each year. The winners, announced in the spring, are invited to Rome to pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation.

We were very happy to congratulate Christopher Trapani in person during his recent visit to the ASCAP New York office. Christopher is a multiple ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Award winner and, in 2007, became the first American in over 30 years to win the prestigious Gaudeamus Prize. Read more about him here.

Jonathan Berger is a past ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipient, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Music at Stanford University. Visit him online at

Click here to read more about the music that Berger and Trapani will compose during their time in Rome, in their own words.