Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Eight New Commission Winners

18 April 2011

The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc., have awarded commissions for new musical works to eight composers. Jointly granting the commissions are the foundations and the performing organizations that will present the newly composed works.

Award winners and the groups co sponsoring their commissions are John Corigliano and the New York Philharmonic; Justin Dello Joio and Bargemusic of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Fang Man and Dolce Suono Ensemble of Philadelphia; David Felder and SIGNAL of Rochester, N.Y.; Eric Moe and Talujon of Sea Cliff, N.Y.; Augusta Read Thomas and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of N.Y.; Jukka Tiensuu and New Paths in Music of Staten Island, N.Y.; and Bright Sheng and the Prism Quartet of Philadelphia.

Celebrated American composer John Corigliano will score a new work for mezzo-soprano and orchestra for the New York Philharmonic. His Symphony No. 2, introduced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Corigliano has also won three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for music composition. One of the few living composers to have a string quartet named for him, Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York. 

Born in New York City, Justin Dello Joio is descended from seven generations of composers in the Dello Joio family. Bargemusic, which presents chamber music on a barge floating at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, is co-commissioning Dello Joio’s new work for violin and piano. His many awards come from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Theodore Presser Foundation.