2020 Brian Israel/Sam Pellman Award Winners Announced
The Society for New Music has selected the winners of the Brian Israel/Sam Pellman Prize and New York Federation of Music Clubs Israel Prize for 2020.
Winner of the $1,000 Israel/Pellman prize is Alistair Coleman, b. 1998, a student at the Juilliard School. The winning work was his first string quartet, Moonshot. In 2019, his trombone sonata, written for Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, was performed during tours of China and Japan. Alistair is recipient of a 2020 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and has been recognized by the American Composers Forum, Lake George Chamber Music Festival, the National YoungArts Foundation, and NPR.
Winner of the New York Federation of Music Clubs Prize of $750 is Cheng Jin Koh, b. 1996, a native of Singapore, a violinist as well as a composer, and currently a Masters student at Juilliard. She was a winner of the 2018 Boston New Music Initiative's 4th Annual Young Composer Competition, the 2019-2020 Palmer Dixon Prize, and 2019 Gena Raps Chamber Music Competition from Juilliard, the biennial 2019 Margaret Blackburn Competition for Female Composers, the 2019 John Eaton Memorial Competition, and an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Ensemble Ibis Composition Competition.
The panel also named four Honorable Mentions:
Barcelona native Marc Migo, b. 1993, was able to move to New York to continue his musical studies thanks to a scholarship issued by Fundación SGAE (Spain). He earned a MM in composition at Juilliard, studying with Melinda Wagner, and is now working on his doctorate studying with John Corigliano. Migo was one of seven composers chosen for the 2020 Minnesota Orchestra Young Composers Institute.
Alan Hankers, b. 1992, is a pianist/composer based in Stony Brook, NY, where he is an ABD with a Ph.D in Music Composition. In 2017-18 he was composer-in-residence with the Danish Ensemble Edge. Currently he plays keyboards in the band JIA and is a founding member of the chamber group Pathos Trio. He tours North America as a keyboardist while performing solo and chamber music at venues such as Lincoln Center and New World Center as a pianist.
Born in Chitose, Japan, Sato Matsui, b. 1991, is a NYC based composer whose musical language draws influence from traditional Japanese sonorities as well as her training as a classical violinist. Her current projects include a commission from Carol Wincenc for her 50th Anniversary Commissioning Project, premiered at the National Flute Association in Salt Lake City, and Merkin Hall in 2020. Matsui is the recipient of the 2019 Charles Ives Scholarship and currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard, where she also earned her MM degree studying with Robert Beaser.
Tanner Porter, b. 1994, is a recent recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship. She has attended the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Originally from California, the composer-performer, songwriter and visual artist earned her MM in composition at Yale after undergraduate study at the University of Michigan.
SNM panelists were conductor/trombonist Heather Buchman, composer Octavio Vazquez, and pianist Sar Shalom Strong, serving on the Hamilton College and Nazareth College faculties. Former Israel winner Ryan Carter assisted in administering the prizes.
There were 58 submissions from composers 30 years old or younger who are living or studying in New York State. In addition to the prize money, the winners' music will be performed during the 2020-2021 season. Music by Honorable Mentions will be performed in future seasons.
Israel/Pellman Prize Application Deadline Extended
Due to the current pandemic, The Society for New Music has decided to extend the application deadline for the Israel/Pellman prize from May 1 to June 1, 2020. Complete information about the prize is available here.
SNM receives grants
SNM is very proud and grateful to be among those receiving grants from the Syracuse Sounds of Music Association and the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. These funds will assist with Composers-in-the-Schools residencies, outreach concerts, the 12th Annual Young Composers Corner, and the Rising Stars POP-UP program for middle school, high school, and college age Central New York composers.