January 11, 2013

Michaela Eremiasova Receives ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for "Emblems"

Charles Halka and Stanley Funicelli Receive Special Distinction

Michaela Eremiasova

Michaela Eremiášová
Photo by Adam Fenster

New York, NY, January 10, 2013: The ASCAP Foundation President, Paul Williams, is pleased to announce that Michaela Eremiášová, has been named recipient of the 33rd annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize.  The Prize was awarded for Emblems, an 11-minute work for solo violin and chamber orchestra.  Selected from nearly 250 entries, the Nissim Prize honors the memory of Dr. Rudolf Nissim and his dedication to ASCAP’s Concert Composers by hosting this annual competition, for which a panel of conductors awards a prize of $5,000 to the best score submitted.”

Dr. Rudolf Nissim, former head of ASCAP's International Department and a devoted friend of composers, established this annual prize through a bequest to The ASCAP Foundation.  The Prize is presented annually to an ASCAP concert composer for a work requiring a conductor that has not been performed professionally. A jury of conductors selects the winning score.

Michaela Eremiášová (pronounced Me-chai –ella  Er-ah-me-ah-shova) was born in Prague, Czech Republic and now resides in North Hollywood, California. Her music has been performed by the ITB (Institut Teknologi Bandung) Choir from Indonesia, Chamber Choir Hymni of Denmark, Madrigalia, Musica Nova, Duo vio-Link-oto, Arabesque Winds, Eastman Chorale, Eastman Trombone Choir, and Novus Quartet, among others.  Eremiášová’s collaborations include work with performers, contemporary painters, poets, and modern dance choreographers as well as with experimental and mainstream filmmakers.  One of her closest collaborators is her husband, Colombian composer Jairo Duarte-López. Together, they co-composed the chamber work Car Crash Opera for an animated film by Skip Battaglia.  Eremiášová’s collaborative works have been recognized with awards such as the ASIFA Award for “Excellence in Experimental Techniques” for All That Remains.  Her music has been featured at New York City Opera’s VOX Festival, New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University, Kurt Weill Festival at Berlin’s Sony Center in Germany, Women in Music Festival at the Eastman School of Music, and in over one hundred national and international film festivals.  Most recently, Eremiášová and Duarte-López co-composed several scenes for their opera-in progress Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), based on the play by Federico García-Lorca, as a commission by the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey. 

Eremiášová holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Conservatory of Jaroslav Ježek, a Masters in Musicology from Charles University in Prague, and a PhD in Composition from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  Her principal teacher and mentor is Prof. David Liptak. 

Emblems for solo violin and chamber orchestra (ca. 11 min) was composed in the fall of 2010 and received its first performance by the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, with conductor Georgios Kouritas, and violin soloist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport.  The work consists of three parts.  According to the composer’s program notes:  “Emblem I represents the idea of duality, struggle, and pursuit of a state of conscious awareness.  Emblem II depicts a ritual dance reminiscent of eastern European and gypsy folklore.  Its function is to transform the dualistic character of Emblem I into the notion of oneness that is ultimately realized in Emblem III.”

Emblem I excerpt

Emblem II excerpt

For more information: www.michaela-eremiasova.com

The Jury also awarded Special Distinction to: Charles Halka (Houston, TX) for Scherzo, an 8-minute work for orchestra; and Stanley Funicelli (Salt Lake City, UT) for Tides, a setting of Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach,” a 21-minute work for contralto, organ, antiphonal brass and orchestra. 

The judges for this year’s Nissim Prize were: Nicholas DeMaison, Artistic Director of Ensemble Sospeso and Music Director of Florilegium Chamber Choir in New York; Ryan McAdams,  former Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, who debuted with the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields in 2010, the Israel Philharmonic in 2011 and in 2013 will appear for return engagements with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della Rai as well as debut with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; and Diane Wittry, Music Director of  the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (PA), and Artistic Director of the International Cultural Exchange Program with the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia.

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

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