New York, NY, April 4, 2011: ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The young composers will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 24, 2011.
Commenting on the awards, Paul Williams said, "We congratulate the talented young Concert Music composers selected to receive ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould awards. This year we received nearly 750 scores from young composers age 10 to 29. We thank our ASCAP composer judges for their expertise in selecting this year's gifted young creators, who represent the exciting future of American Concert Music."
The ASCAP composer/judges were Derek Bermel,
Lisa Bielawa, Steven Burke, Sebastian Currier, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tamar Muskal, and Melinda Wagner.
Established in 1979, with funding from the Jack and Amy Norworth Memorial Fund, The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards program grants cash prizes to Concert Music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition. These composers may be American citizens, permanent residents, or students possessing US Student Visas.
Morton Gould, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, served as President of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation from 1986 – 1994. Gould, an eminent and versatile American composer, was a child prodigy whose first composition was published by G. Schirmer when he was only six years of age. To honor Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators, the annual ASCAP Foundation Young Composer program was dedicated to his memory, following his death in 1996.
The award-winning composers share prizes of approximately $45,000, including the Leo Kaplan Award, in memory of the distinguished attorney who served as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor, the Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship for a composer 18 years of age or younger, and grants from The ASCAP Foundation Jack and Amy Norworth Fund. Jack Norworth wrote such standards as "Shine On Harvest Moon" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Award recipients receive complimentary copies of Sibelius software, generously donated by Avid, the company that creates technology that people use to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world.
The 2011 Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients are listed with their current residence, and place of origin: Timothy Andres of Brooklyn, NY (Palo Alto, CA); Kit Armstrong of Paris, France (Los Angeles, CA); Jeremy Howard Beck of New York, NY (Huntington, NY); David Biedenbender of Ann Arbor, MI (Waukesha, WI); Yuri Boguinia of New York, NY (Stavropol, Russia); Christopher Cerrone of Brooklyn, NY (Huntington, NY); Anthony Cheung of Cambridge, MA (San Francisco, CA); Sean Friar of Princeton, NJ (Santa Monica, CA); David Fulmer of New York, NY (Boston, MA); Ryan Gallagher of Ithaca, NY (Wooster, OH); Peng-Peng Gong of New York, NY (Nanjing, China); Eric Guinivan of Los Angeles, CA (Wilmington, DE); Takuma Itoh of Ithaca, NY (Hiratsuka, Japan); Paul Kerekes of New Haven, CT (Huntington, NY); Adrian Knight of New Haven, CT (Uppsala, Sweden); Hannah Lash of New York, NY (Alfred, NY); Jesse Limbacher of Cleveland, OH (Williamsburg, VA); Wei-Cheih Lin of New York, NY (Taichung, Taiwan); Lev Marquis of Los Angeles, CA (Langley, CA); Eric Nathan of Ithaca, NY (New York, NY); and Gity Razaz of New York, NY (Tehran, Iran).
The youngest ASCAP Foundation composer Award recipients range in age from 10 to 18 and are listed by state of residence: Eleanor Bragg, age 14 (MA); Eric M. Fisher, age 18 (IL); Andrew Hsu, age 16 (PA); Sidarth Jayadev, age 13 (NY); Jane Lange, age 12 (CA); Anna Larsen, age 10 (MA); Michael D. Parsons, age 15 (NJ); Travis M. Petre, age 16 (NY); and Conrad Tao, age 16 (NY).
The following composers received Honorable Mention: Anderson Freeman Alden of New Haven, CT ( Los Angeles, CA); Erica J. Ball of Haverton, PA ( Bryn Mawr, PA); Francisco Castillo Trigueros of Chicago, IL (Mexico City, Mexico); Louis Chiappetta of Cleveland, OH (White Plains, NY); Paul Dooley Ann Arbor, MI (Santa Rosa, CA); Elizabeth A. Kelly of Los Altos Hills, CA (New York, NY); Elizabeth Anne Nonemaker Los Angeles, CA (Philadelphia, PA); Reinaldo Moya of New York, NY (Caracas, Venezuela); Elizabeth Ogonek of Los Angeles, CA (Anoka, MN); Kate Soper of New York, NY (Ann Arbor, MI);and Dan Visconti of Arlington, VA (LaGrange, IL).
Honorable Mention in the youngest category: Graham Cohen, age 12 (NJ); Clark Evans, age 16 (AZ); Thomas Feng, age 16 (CA); Zlatomir Y. C. Fung, age 11 (MA); Rachel Anna Kuznetsov, age 10 (MA); Yeeren I. Low, age 14 (PA); Nicholas C. McConnell, age 12 (NJ); and Pearl Ramke, age 11 (PA).
About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org