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Annika Socolofsky wins the 2021 Gaudeamus Award
Composer-performer Annika Socolofsky has won the 2021 Gaudeamus Award for her composition Don’t say a word on September 12 during the final concert by Black Page Orchestra of Gaudeamus 2021 in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Socolofsky was one of four composers nominated for this prestigious incentive prize--along with Jenny Beck, Gen Tanaka and Matthew Ricketts--in 2020, but because of pandemic-related travel restrictions there was no ceremony last year.
Texu Kim Awarded the 2021 Barlow Prize
The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University has awarded its 2021 $12,000 Barlow Prize commission to Korean-born American composer Texu Kim after reviewing 574 submissions from 41 countries. Kim will write a major new work for Sinfonietta to be premiered by Alarm Will Sound, The London Sinfonietta, The Oakland Symphony Orchestra, and The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in 2023-2024. In addition, the Endowment granted $60,000 to 9 composers who will write works for the following ensembles and musicians: David Biedenbender (Haven Trio), Dorothy Chang (Evelyn Glennie and Land’s End Ensemble), Natacha Diels (JACK Quartet), Stefan Freund (Splinter Reeds), Todd Kitchen (Left Coast Chamber Ensemble), Wang Lu (Seattle Modern Orchestra), Lansing McLoskey (Network for New Music), Joseph Sowa (Room 1078), and Ethan Wickman (San Antonio Symphony).
Tania León’s Stride Among 64 Works Chosen for Performance During the 2021 ISCM WNMD
The organizers of the 2021 ISCM World New Music Days in Shanghai and Nanning, China, have announced their selection of works which will be performed during the festival; among the 64 chosen works is Tania León's 2021 Pulitzer Prize-winning orchestra work Stride, which was submitted by New Music USA. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing dangers posed by the pandemic around the world, the festival will not be able to take place in September 2021 as was originally planned, but the organizers are hoping that the festival can occur in late March 2022.