THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS ANNOUNCES 2011 MUSIC AWARD WINNERS
New York, February 16, 2011-The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the fifteen recipients of this year's awards in music, which total $165,000. The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Ezra Laderman (chairman), David Del Tredici, Fred Lerdahl, Bernard Rands, Steven Stucky, and Yehudi Wyner. The awards will be presented at the Academy's annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.
Two Goddard Lieberson fellowships, endowed in 1978 by the CBS Foundation, are given to mid-career composers of exceptional gifts. This year they will go to John Aylward and Lansing McLoskey.
Lansing McLoskey has been described as "a major talent and a deep thinker with a great ear" by the American Composers Orchestra, and "a distinctive voice in present day American music." Recent performances include premieres in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Rome, Chicago, Miami, and Melbourne, Australia, and performances in Aspen, Tanglewood, and Lima, Peru. Current projects include a concerto for Triton Brass and a consortium of wind ensembles for 2011-12, and a commission from the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy, where he will be the Composer-in-Residence this summer. McLoskey is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Music.
Other winners this year are Karim Al-Zand, David Dzubay, Steven Mackey, and Lewis Spratlan; Rand Steiger, Dan Visconti and Jay Wadley; Christopher Cerrone, Louis Chiappetta, Michael Ippolito, Bryan Jacobs, Hannah Lash, and Alex Mincek