Alumni News

Recent Columbia Alumna and Three Current DMA Students Nominated for Gaudeamus Award 2023

From a total of 229 entries submitted from all over the world, the jury, consisting of composers Chaya Czernowin, Agata Zubel and Jan van de Putte, chose five prize-winning works, four of which were by Columbia-affiliated composers--a recent Columbia alumna and three current Columbia DMA students.

Zosha Di Castri: Pentimento World Premiere with WDR Sinfonieorchester & Cristian Măcelaru

The WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne, conducted by Music Director Cristian Măcelaru, has commissioned Zosha Di Castri to write a new orchestral work, Pentimento, for the orchestra's 75th anniversary season. It will be premiered on October 28 and 29, 2022 at the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany.

Zosha Di Castri Commissioned by Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Zosha Di Castri was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to write a song cycle for acclaimed soprano Barbara Hannigan, entitled "In the Half-Light." With a libretto written by renowned author Tash Aw, the cycle received its world premiere in Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall on May 19 and 21, 2022, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno.

Dr. Velia Ivanova (GSAS '21) Publishes Article in “Journal of the Society of American Music”

Dr. Velia Ivanova (GSAS '21, Historical Musicology) has published an article titled “Defining the Songs of Incarceration: The Lomax Prison Project at a Critical Juncture” in the February 2022 issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music.

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