ASCAP Names Recipients of 2011 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. A total of 30 winning composers (all under the age of 30) share prizes of approximately $45,000, including the Leo Kaplan Award, in memory of the distinguished attorney who served as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor, the Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship for a composer 18 years of age or younger, and grants from The ASCAP Foundation Jack and Amy Norworth Fund. Award recipients receive complimentary copies of Sibelius software, donated by Avid. The young composers will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 24, 2011.

The 2011 Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients are listed with their current residence, and place of origin:

Timothy Andres, Brooklyn, NY (Palo Alto, CA)
Kit Armstrong, Paris, France (Los Angeles, CA)
Jeremy Howard Beck of New York, NY (Huntington, NY)
David Biedenbender, Ann Arbor, MI (Waukesha, WI)
Yuri Boguinia, New York, NY (Stavropol, Russia)
Christopher Cerrone, Brooklyn, NY (Huntington, NY)
Anthony Cheung, Cambridge, MA (San Francisco, CA)
Sean Friar, Princeton, NJ (Santa Monica, CA)
David Fulmer, New York, NY (Boston, MA)
Ryan Gallagher, Ithaca, NY (Wooster, OH)
Peng-Peng Gong, New York, NY (Nanjing, China)
Eric Guinivan, Los Angeles, CA (Wilmington, DE)
Takuma Itoh, Ithaca, NY (Hiratsuka, Japan)
Paul Kerekes, New Haven, CT (Huntington, NY)
Adrian Knight, New Haven, CT (Uppsala, Sweden)
Hannah Lash, New York, NY (Alfred, NY)
Jesse Limbacher, Cleveland, OH (Williamsburg, VA)
Wei-Cheih Lin, New York, NY (Taichung, Taiwan)
Lev Marquis, Los Angeles, CA (Langley, CA)
Eric Nathan, Ithaca, NY (New York, NY)
Gity Razaz, New York, NY (Tehran, Iran)


The youngest ASCAP Foundation composer Award recipients range in age from 10 to 18 and are listed by state of residence:

Eleanor Bragg, age 14 (MA)
Eric M. Fisher, age 18 (IL)
Andrew Hsu, age 16 (PA)
Sidarth Jayadev, age 13 (NY)
Jane Lange, age 12 (CA)
Anna Larsen, age 10 (MA)
Michael Dean Parsons, age 15 (NJ)
Travis M. Petre, age 16 (NY)
Conrad Tao, age 16 (NY)


The following composers received Honorable Mention:

Anderson Freeman Alden, New Haven, CT (Los Angeles, CA)
Erica J. Ball, Haverton, PA (Bryn Mawr, PA)
Francisco Castillo Trigueros, Chicago, IL (Mexico City, Mexico)
Louis Chiappetta, Cleveland, OH (White Plains, NY)
Paul Dooley, Ann Arbor, MI (Santa Rosa, CA)
Elizabeth A. Kelly, Los Altos Hills, CA (New York, NY)
Elizabeth Anne Nonemaker, Los Angeles, CA (Philadelphia, PA)
Reinaldo Moya, New York, NY (Caracas, Venezuela)
Elizabeth Ogonek, Los Angeles, CA (Anoka, MN)
Kate Soper, New York, NY (Ann Arbor, MI)
Dan Visconti, Arlington, VA (LaGrange, IL)

Honorable Mention in the youngest category:

Graham Cohen, age 12 (NJ)
Clark Evans, age16 (AZ)
Thomas Feng, age 16 (CA)
Zlatomir Y. C. Fung, age 11 (MA)
Rachel Anna Kuznetsov, age 10 (MA)
Yeeren I. Low, age 14 (PA)
Nicholas C. McConnell, age 12 (NJ)
Pearl Ramke, age 11 (PA)

For the 2011 awards, the ASCAP composer/judges were Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, Steven Burke, Sebastian Currier, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tamar Muskal, and Melinda Wagner. Established in 1979, with funding from the Jack and Amy Norworth Memorial Fund, The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards program grants cash prizes to Concert Music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition. These composers may be American citizens, permanent residents, or students possessing US Student Visas. Morton Gould, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, served as President of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation from 1986 to 1994. To honor Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators (his own first composition was published by G. Schirmer when he was only six years of age), the annual ASCAP Foundation Young Composer program was renamed for him following his death in 1996.

From the press release