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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Seven emerging composers chosen for 2016 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute

Composers will travel to Minneapolis for Orchestra’s acclaimed professional training program, directed for second year by Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts and co-presented with the American Composers Forum; Institute runs from January 25 to 30, 2016, highlighted by January 29 concert conducted by Osmo Vänskä

Seven emerging composers have been selected as participants in the Minnesota Orchestra’s 13th annual Composer Institute, Institute Director Kevin Puts announced today. Chosen from a pool of 158 candidates through a competitive process, the composers collectively come from six U.S. states and the Philippines and currently reside throughout the U.S., and their works encompass a variety of musical styles. They will be in Minneapolis from January 25 to 30, 2016, for rehearsals, seminars and mentoring sessions, as well as a public “Future Classics” performance of their works on Friday, January 29, with Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducting the Minnesota Orchestra in concert at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.

The Composer Institute participants are Minnesota native Kirsten Broberg, now of Denton, Texas; Matthew Browne of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Philippines native Joshua Cerdenia, now of New York City; Emily Cooley of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Nicholas DiBerardino of Milford, Connecticut; Michael Gilbertson of Hamden, Connecticut; and Anthony Vine of Brooklyn, New York.

“The pool of applicants for this year’s Institute was large and at an exceedingly high level,” says Puts, who chaired the selection panel. “We were dazzled by the craft and imagination apparent among today’s young orchestral composers. Writing for the orchestra requires a special understanding of both its possibilities and idiosyncrasies, an understanding which our seven winners clearly grasp. It will be a thrill to help them further hone their skills next January.” Other panel members were Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, a faculty member at the Curtis Institute; Grammy Award-nominated composer Derek Bermel, artistic director of the American Composers Orchestra; and Andrew Norman, a faculty member at the USC Thornton School of Music and a past Composer Institute participant.

In addition to the seven composers chosen to participate in the Composer Institute, the panel named the following composers as alternates: Luke Carlson, Carlos Carrillo, Shuying Li, Matthew Ricketts, Daniel Temkin and Conrad Winslow. In addition, these composers were designated as runners-up: Katherine Balch, Jacob Bancks, Corey Cunningham, Paul Dooley, Brian Egan, Luke Flynn, David Hertzberg, Patrick O’Malley, Nathan Shields, Phil Taylor and Christopher Weiss. Cited for honorable mention are: Juhi Bansal, Paul Frucht, Jared Miller and Scott Miller.

Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute: Acclaimed program presented for 13th time
The Composer Institute, widely recognized as a leading professional training program for emerging symphonic composers, is co-presented by the Minnesota Orchestra and the American Composers Forum. Now in its second year under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts, the Institute is an outgrowth of the Orchestra’s Perfect Pitch program, an annual series of new music reading sessions for Minnesota composers launched during the 1995-96 season. Many of the 113 composers who have previously taken part in Perfect Pitch and the Composer Institute have gone on to receive major commissions, awards, grants and additional performances of their works. Composer Aaron Jay Kernis was the Composer Institute’s founder and directed it for 11 seasons.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concert

Friday, January 29, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Kevin Puts, Composer Institute director

KIRSTEN BROBERG                        Celestial Dawning
MATTHEW BROWNE                      Barnstorming Season
JOSHUA CERDENIA                         Magayon
EMILY COOLEY                                Scroll of the Air
NICK DiBERARDINO                       Asphodel
MICHAEL GILBERTSON                Sinfonia After Vivaldi
ANTHONY VINE                                Transmission

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The 2016 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute is generously sponsored in part by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2015-16 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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