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Grant awards for Composer of the Year

November 2011


Arlene Sierra

Dr Arlene Sierra, recently named 2011 Composer of the Year by the Classical Recording Foundation (CRF), has received major grant awards from British and American organisations for upcoming projects.

A forthcoming CD volume of Dr Sierra’s compositions has received a CAP Recording grant from New Music USA. The Composer Assistance Program for Recording supports the first recordings of new music by living American composers. The CD, Dr Sierra’s second with Bridge Records, will include performances by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Quattro Mani, and the Peabody Trio.

Dr Sierra has also had a new ensemble piece commissioned by the Lontano Trust for performance in October 2012. The commission is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation’s “Women Make Music” initiative – a funding scheme raising the profile of female music creators across the UK. 

The Composer of the Year award was celebrated at the 10th Annual CRF Awards Concert and Benefit on November 21st at Carnegie Hall, with the New York premiere of of Risk and Memory performed by the piano duo Quattro Mani. Whilst in the United States, Dr Sierra was a visiting composer at Eastman School of Music she gave masterclasses and had a selection of compositions performed.

Another of her pieces, Colmena, was recently performed by the Juilliard Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. 

Audiences in Cardiff will have an opportunity to hear the Carducci Quartet give the Welsh premiere of Dr Sierra’s Insects in Amber on 6 December 2011 as part of the University’s 2011/12 Concert Series. The Cheltenham International Music Festival commissioned the work which received its UK premiere at Cheltenham in July 2011.