Composer Aaron Jay Kernis, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty, has been selected as the 2012 winner of the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition. The announcement came today from Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, which awards the prize.
In connection with the Nemmers Prize, Kernis will spend four weeks in residence at Northwestern, undertaking a variety of educational activities, throughout each of the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons. The prize will be formally awarded to Kernis in a ceremony that will take place during his final weeks at the University.
Previous recipients of the Nemmers Prize, which is given for “outstanding achievement in music,” include John Adams, Oliver Knussen, Kaija Saariaho, and John Luther Adams.
The Nemmers Prize is the most recent of Kernis’s many awards. One of the youngest composers to win the Pulitzer Prize (in 1998, for his String Quartet No. 2, “musica instrumentalis”), he has also received the Grawemeyer Award for Musical Composition, the Elise Stoeger Prize of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Rome Prize, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, among others. MORE