ASCAP Names 37 Recipients of the 2010 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. According to Williams, there were “730 submissions this year and our jury selected 37 composers between the ages of 13 and 29 years of age.” These young concert music composers will be recognized as well as receive cash prizes totaling $45,000 at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at The Times Center in New York City on May 27, 2010.

The 2010 Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients are listed alphabetically with their current residence, and place of birth (if different):

Samuel Carl Adams, New Haven, CT (San Francisco, CA)
Travis Alford, Watertown, MA (Rocky Mount, NC)
Preben Antonsen, New Haven, CT (Seattle, WA)
Karl Blench, Houston, TX (Providence, RI)
Stephen Cabell, New York, NY (Owensboro, KY)
Christopher Cerrone, New Haven, CT (Huntington, NY)
Louis Chiappetta, Cleveland, OH (White Plains, NY)
Henry L. Dorn, III, Little Rock, AR
Ted Goldman, New York, NY
Takuma Itoh, Ithaca, NY (Hiratsuka, Japan)
Adrian Knight, New Haven, CT (Stockholm, Sweden)
Matti Kovler, Boston, MA (Moscow, Russia)
Visnja Krzic, Los Angeles, CA (Belgrade, Serbia)
Wlad Marhulets, New York, NY (Minsk, Belarus)
Missy Mazzoli, Brooklyn, NY (Abington, PA)
Eric Nathan, Ithaca, NY (New York, NY)
Garth K. Neustadter, Manitowoc, WI (Green Bay, WI)
Nicholas S. Omiccioli, South Kansas City, MO (Scott AFB, IL)
Aaron Severini, New York, NY (Greenfield, MA)
Jonathan Sokol, Bloomington, IN (Cleveland, OH)
Christopher Stark, Ithaca, NY (St. Ignatius, MT)
Wang Lu, New York, NY (Xian, China)
Conrad Winslow, New York, NY (Homer, AK)
Daniel Wohl, Brooklyn, NY (Paris, France)
Peiying Yuan, Kansas City, MO (Singapore)
Zhou Juan, Kansas City, MO (Xinjiang, China)
The youngest ASCAP Foundation Composer Award recipients range in age from 13 to 17 and are listed by state of residence:
Tim Callobre, age 16 (CA)
Thomas Feng, age 15 (CA)
Phillip Golub, age 17 (CA)
Peng-Peng Gong, age 17 (NY)
Saad Haddad, age 17 (CA)
Molly Joyce, age 17 (PA)
Yeeren I. Low, age 13 (PA)
Thomas Reeves, age 15 (NY)
Conrad Tao, age 15 (NY)
Daniel Valentine, age 17 (NV)
Robert Yaman, age 16 (MI)
The following composers received Honorable Mention: Carolyn Chen of La Jolla, CA (Redbank, NJ); Stephen Feigenbaum of Winchester, MA (Cambridge, MA); David Kirkland Garner of Durham, NC (Atlanta, GA); Aaron Gervais of San Francisco, CA (Edmonton, Canada); Polina Nazaykinskaya of New Haven, CT (Togliatti, Russia); Elizabeth Ogonek of Garfield, NJ (Anoka, MN); Gitty H. Razaz of New York, NY (Tehran, Iran); Peter Thompson of Severna Park, MD (St. Paul, MN); and Feinan Wang of New Haven, CT (Zhejiang, China). In the youngest category, the following composers received Honorable Mention: Yihan Chen, age 15 (IN); Graham Cohen, age 11 (AZ); Andrew Hsu age 15 (PA); Timothy Laciano, age 16 (NJ); Siddarth Viswanathan, age 17 (NJ); and Seho Young, age 12 (MA).

The awards were established in 1979 and named in honor of composer and former ASCAP President Morton Gould following his death in 1996. The 2010 ASCAP composer/judges were Kathryn Alexander, Steven Burke, Chen Yi, Daniel Felsenfeld, Kamran Ince, Philip Rothman, Christopher Theofanidis, and Aleksandra Vrebalov. (—Condensed from the press release).