Category: Music Composition

Nature, love inspires Grawemeyer Award-winning piece

“Spheres,” a six-movement work for orchestra by German composer York Hoeller, has earned the 2010 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Nature, love inspires Grawemeyer Award-winning piece.

Grawemeyer Award winners to give public talks

Recipients of the 2010 Grawemeyer Awards will discuss their winning works in free, public talks at the University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary April 12-15.

York Hoeller

Nature, love inspires Grawemeyer Award-winning piece

“Spheres,” a six-movement work for orchestra by German composer York Hoeller, has earned the 2010 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

Video interview with Brett Dean, winner of the 2009 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition

Interview with Brett Dean, winner of the 2009 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

Brett Dean

Homage to letter-writing earns Grawemeyer music prize

“The Lost Art of Letter Writing,” a four-movement concerto for violin and orchestra by Australian composer Brett Dean, has earned the 2009 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

2008 – Peter Lieberson

“Neruda Songs,” a song cycle written by composer Peter Lieberson that became a parting gift to his dying wife, has earned the 2008 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The work, a group of songs based on five love poems by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, was chosen for the prize among 140 entries […]

2007 – Sebastian Currier

“Static,” a chamber music work by American composer Sebastian Currier, has earned the 2007 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The name of the six-movement piece for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano reflects “different meanings of the word ‘static,’ which can be a state of quiet balance or the erratic noise between […]

2006 – György Kurtág

A concerto by Hungarian composer György Kurtág described as ranging through “many changes of mood, tempo and texture” has earned the 2006 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The work, “Concertante Op. 42” for violin, viola and orchestra, was commissioned by the Leonie Sonning Foundation of Copenhagen. Since its premiere in September 2003 […]

2005 – George Tsontakis

American composer George Tsontakis has been selected to receive the prestigious 2005 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his Violin Concerto No. 2. Described by one music critic as “a work of gentle beauty and intriguing orchestral sounds,” Tsontakis’s 20-minute concerto received its world premiere April 19, 2003, by Steven Copes, violin, […]

2004 – Unsuk Chin

Composer Unsuk Chin’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” has won the 2004 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Premiered in Berlin in January 2002 by violinist Viviane Hagner and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester conducted by Kent Nagano, the 25-minute concerto has been described as “a synthesis of glittering orchestration, rarefied sonorities, volatility of […]