The winning composers, selected from among nearly 200 submissions, are (click through for detailed biographies of the composers and program notes for each work):
- Mark Applebaum
- Anthony Barrese
- Lisa Bielawa
- Stacy Garrop
- Huang Ruo
- Robert Manthey
- Milica Paranosic
- Anna Weesner
Honorable mentions went to Gregory Hutter, Damon Lee, and Ayse Onder.
Each composer will be given a full orchestral reading of the submitted work and will receive feedback from the ACO musicians and the event’s composer advisors-James Mobberley, Yehudi Wyner, and Steve Mackey. After the readings, one composer will receive ACO’s Whitaker Commission, a $15,000 prize to write a new work to be performed by the orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Paul Yeon Lee was the 2001 winner.
In an previous interview with NewMusicBox, ACO Executive Director Michael Geller described the day-long reading session as “quite emotionally charged, because it compresses everything about a performance-from literally the first glimpse of the music to the performance-into a very short time, so there’s a lot of pressure [on everyone]. On the composer most of all… It’s a long day, but a very rewarding one.”