Derrick Wang ’08MM wins BMI Student Composer Award for short opera

Derrick Wang has been named a winner in the 58th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards, which “recognize superior creative talent” in music composition. Wang’s BMI award-winning work is the ten-minute, one-act opera ISH, scored for two tenors, barintone, bass-baritone, and keyboard.

Eleven young classical composers, ages 13 to 26, were named winners in the 58th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards.  Awards Chair Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, BMI President and CEO Del Bryant, and BMI Foundation President Ralph N. Jackson announced the decisions of the jury and presented the awards at a reception held May 14 at the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in New York City.

The BMI Student Composer Awards recognize superior creative talent, and winners receive scholarship grants to be applied toward their musical education. In 2010, more than 500 manuscripts were submitted to the competition from throughout the Western Hemisphere, and all works were judged under pseudonyms.

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Published June 9, 2010
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New CD, “Shy and Mighty,” from alum Timo Andres

Music for two pianos performed by Andres ’07BA, ’09MM and David Kaplan ’07MM, ’08MMA

Shy and Mighty, the first album from composer and pianist Timo Andres, has been named a Pick of the Week by WNYC and has received four starts from the Guardian. Featuring ten interrelated piano pieces and released on the Nonesuch label, Shy and Mighty is performed by Andres and fellow alum David Kaplan.

Though steeped in the classical canon, Andres has expressed his admiration for a range of artists, like Radiohead, Brian Eno, Múm, Sigur Rós, Wolf Parade, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Olivia Tremor Control, and Boards of Canada. His classical influences include John Adams, Charles Ives, György Ligeti, and his former teachers, Ingram Marshall and Martin Bresnick.

While each track stands on its own, Andres conceived of Shy and Mighty as an album-length work. As he writes in the liner notes: “When I sat down to write Shy and Mighty, this was very clearly my goal for it — that I would write an album for two pianos. I was very focused on the recorded medium — even though this is obviously something that works live, that was somehow secondary. MORE

Published June 9, 2010
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