Adam Schoenberg is 1st American Composer to Sign with Ricordi London/UMPC

Composer Adam Schoenberg has signed a publishing deal with Ricordi London, part of the Universal Music Publishing Classical group (UMPC). It is the company’s first-ever signing of an American composer.

“We are delighted to welcome Adam to the UMPC composer roster,” said Silke Hilger, who serves as the international promotion director for UMPC. “His music adds a style and sound to our catalog that is truly and uniquely American. It is full of beautiful lines and energizing rhythms and will undoubtedly find its way into the standard orchestra repertoire even throughout the world. We are very excited to work with Adam on his future successes.”

Adam Schoenberg, born in 1980 in Northamtpon, Massachusetts, has received two commissions each from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Up! and La Luna Azul) and Kansas City Symphony (American Symphony and a new 21st-century Pictures at an Exhibition, which will be premiered February 1-3, 2013). Other recent commissions include works for the Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Lexington Philharmonic, Atlanta Chamber Players, Quintet of the Americas, The Blakemore Trio, and the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, Kentucky. Schoenberg will become the first composer-in-residence of the Kansas City Symphony during Michael Stern’s tenure for the 2012-13 season. Additional residencies include the Aspen Music Festival’s M.O.R.E program, a position he has held since 2010, and the 2012 BMI Composer-in-Residence for the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. He was a 2009 and 2010 MacDowell Fellow, and was the first prize winner at the 2008 International Brass Chamber Music Festival for best Brass Quintet. In 2007, he was awarded ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Juilliard’s Palmer-Dixon Prize for Most Outstanding Composition, and a Meet The Composer grant. He received the 2006 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was awarded the Society for New Music’s Brian M. Israel Prize in 2004. The American Brass Quintet released a recording of Schoenberg’s quintet as part of their 50th Anniversary CD, and Jack Sutte (Cleveland Orchestra) released a recording of Schoenberg’s trumpet sonata, Separated by Space. Schoenberg earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Juilliard School in 2010 where he studied with John Corigliano and Robert Beaser. He also received his Master of Music degree from Juilliard and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Schoenberg serves on the faculty of UCLA where he teaches composition and orchestration. Schoenberg is also represented by Opus 3 Artists.

Excerpt from Adam Schoenberg’s Finding Rothko (courtesy Ricordi London/UMPC)

(—from the press release)

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