February 13, 2003


The ascap foundation


The winner of the 23rd annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Award was announced today by Marilyn Bergman, President of The ASCAP Foundation. The Nissim Prize has been awarded to Daniel Kellogg for Jasper and Carnelian, a 12-minute work for orchestra, selected from amongst nearly 300 submissions. Kellogg will receive a prize of $5,000. Kellogg's winning work will receive its professional premiere May 1, 2004, with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Gisele Ben-Dor, conductor.

Daniel KelloggDaniel Kellogg currently resides in New Haven, CT with his wife, pianist Hsing-ay. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis institute and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music. He has also studied at Aspen, Indiana University, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague. His teachers have included Don Freund, Ned Rorem, Jennifer Higdon, Joseph Schwantner, Ezra Laderman and Martin Bresnick. Kellogg’s awards include the 2002 Harvey Gaul Composition Competition; the 2000 William Schuman Prize; three ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Awards, and a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His music has been commissioned and performed throughout the United States by ensembles including the Ying Quartet, eight blackbird, the United States Marine Band, the Aspen Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Yale Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.

The Nissim Jury also recognized four composers for Special Distinction: William Kraft of Altadena, CA, for Settings From Pierrot Lunaire, duration 24 minutes; Frank Becker of Hidden Hills, CA for Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, duration 26 minutes; Alfred S.C. Lee of Carrolton, TX, for Dance of the Mantis, duration 4 minutes; Adam Levowitz of Katy, TX, for The Tell Tale Heart, for Tenor and Orchestra, duration 22 minutes.

The judges for this year’s Nissim Award were: Gisele Ben-Dor, Music Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra; Barbara Yahr, Music Director of Greenwich Village Orchestra; and Mark Laycock, Associate Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ).

The Nissim Competition is funded by The ASCAP Foundation, through a bequest of the late Dr. Rudolf Nissim, former head of ASCAP’s International Department. Nissim joined the ASCAP staff immediately after emigrating to the United States from Austria in 1940.

The Nissim competition is open to all ASCAP composer members with concert works requiring a conductor, which have not been professionally performed. To encourage the professional premiere of the prize-winning work, ASCAP makes supplementary funds available. For more than twenty-five years, The ASCAP Foundation has been dedicated to nurturing gifted composers, and preserving our musical legacy by serving the entire music community through a variety of educational, professional and humanitarian programs.