American Academy in Rome Announces 2011-12 Rome Prize Winners

Composers Sean Friar and Lei Liang are among the 27 winners of the 115th annual Rome Prize Competition. Rome Prize recipients are provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years at the Academy facilities in Rome, Italy.

Sean Friar
Sean Friar

Sean Friar—Samuel Barber Rome Prize

Harold W. Dodds Honorific Doctoral Fellow, Princeton University
Expanding Clunker Concerto: A Junk Car Percussion Quartet Concerto

Lei Liang
Lei Liang

Lei Liang—Elliott Carter Rome Prize

Associate Professor of Music, University of California, San Diego
Sextet and Chamber Concerto

The Rome Prize is awarded annually through an open competition that is juried by leading artists and scholars in the different fields. This year’s jury for music composition included Martin Brody (RAAR’02) professor of music at Wellesley College; Steven Burke (FAAR’05) composer; Pierre Jalbert (FAAR’01) professor of composition at Rice University; Melinda Wagner, composer; and Anna Weesner, associate professor of music University of Pennsylvania. (—Condensed from the web site and press release)