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November 13, 2015

Alum Receives Library of Congress’s Prestigious Koussevitzky Commission Grant


Alum Receives Library of Congress’s Prestigious Koussevitzky Commission Grant

The Library of Congress has announced five winners of the 2015 Koussevitzky Foundation Commission grant, listing composer and CIM alum Dan Visconti (BM ’04, MM ’05, Brouwer/Zhou) among them. The Koussevitzky commissioning program selects composers every year, who, according to its mission, “have demonstrated considerable merit through their works and for orchestras and chamber groups that have a record of excellence in the performance of contemporary music.”

Visconti’s commission will be co-sponsored by the California Symphony, where he is currently serving as the Young American Composer-in-Residence until 2017. During his time there he will write and record three new works for the orchestra.  Previously, Visconti has had residencies with opera companies including Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, New York City Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival and the Metropolitan Opera.

His fellow Koussevitzky Commissioning Grant winners and their co-sponsoring groups include Lei Liang and Art of Elan for the Formosa Quartet; Colin Matthews and the London Sinfonietta; Bent Sørensen and Quattro Mani; and Nina C. Young and The Nouveau Classical Project.