Composition 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.

Dr. William Mason (GSAS '15) Publishes Article in "Oxford Handbook of Spectral Music" on Zosha Di Castri and David Adamcyk's "Phonobellow"

In a new article published by the Oxford Handbook of Spectral Music, composer, performer, and music scholar William Mason (GSAS '15, Music Theory) considers excerpts from pieces by Grisey and Murail against Zosha Di Castri's and David Adamcyk’s 2015 piece "Phonobellow."

US Premiere of Professor George Lewis's "Tales of the Traveller" Written About in New York Times

Professor George Lewis's piece "Tales of the Traveller" had its US premiere, but the most exciting part about the performance was one of the guest soloists: a computer program named Voyager, originally programmed by George Lewis in 1987.

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.

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