Monday, October 24, 2016

PARMA Artists are Semi-Finalists for The American Prize



The American Prize seeks to "[Provide] evaluation, recognition, and reward 
America's finest performing artists, ensembles, and composers based on recorded performances." 

Here at PARMA we are extremely excited to announce that TWELVE
of the semi-finalists in the running to receive The American Prize are PARMA Artists.

The PARMA semi-finalists for The American Prize are: 




Lee Actor is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Orchestra. Composer and conductor Lee Actor has released three albums on Navona Records, PIANO CONCERTOSAXOPHONE CONCERTO, and PREMONITIONS. Lee Actor has won numerous awards, including the First Prize Winner in the 2007 International Horn Society Composition Contest. In addition, Actor is also a member of the American Music Center and ASCAP, who recently named Actor the recipient of an ASCAPlus award for the sixth consecutive year.


Adrienne Albert is a semi-finalist for The American Prize for Composition in Chamber Music and Choral Music. Composer Adrienne Albert has released two compilation albums on Navona Records, LIGHT AND SHADOW, and FINE MUSIC; VOLUME THREE.Adrienne is a graduate of the UCLA and spent many years performing, but after a long hiatus from composing, she began studying composition again alongside Stephen "Lucky" Mosko at CalArts and orchestration with Albert Harris.



Lawrence Ball is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Chamber Music. Composer Lawrence Ball released three albums on Navona Records, a compilation album, FINE MUSIC: VOLUME THREE, and two solo albums METHOD MUSIC and most recently, ENERGY DIAMOND. Ball has composed over one-hundred and fifty scored compositions and three thousand recorded piano improvisations, expanding in ranging genres from Turkish sax music to multimedia installations, and auto-generated music.


John Bilotta is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Chamber Music and is a semi-finalist for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music. Composer John Bilotta has released three compilation albums on Navona Records, CRIMSON & LACEPREMONITIONS, and CONVERSATIONS. Bilotta's works have been performed all around the world by outstanding soloists and ensembles including Rarescale, Earplay, Chamber Mix, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society.


Hakki Cengiz Eren is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Orchestra. Turkish composer Hakki Cengiz Eren recently release his first album with PARMA, COLOR STUDIES, which was released on Ravello Records and received high praise from reviewers such as Gapplegate saying Eren created "four outstanding high modernist compositions." Eren is the Recipient of Hans J. Salter Music Memorial Award (2016), has also been a finalist in both the 2015 Donald Aird Earplay Competition (2015) and the 2013 Ensemble Et Cetera Composition Competition. In addition to composing Eren is also a skilled guitarist and lutenist.


Arthur Gottschalk is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Choral Music, is a semi-finalist for the Ernst Bacon Award for Composers, as well as the Ernst Bacon Award for Performance of American Music. Composer Arthur Gottschalk has released two albums on Navona Records,REQUIEM, and a compilation album MOTO PERPETUO. Arthur Gottschalk's Concerto for Violin and Symphonic Winds won the First Prize of the VVX Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Originale (Corciano, Italy), and he has been awarded the prestigious Bogliasco Fellowship for additional work in Italy.

Thomas Juneau is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Choral Music. Composer and conductor Thomas Juneau released one album on Ravello Records, VISIONS ETERNAL. Juneau is active all around the united states as a composer and conductor, conducting in major concert halls throughout the United States, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Juneau's first choral compositions were published when he was just seventeen years old, 


Libby Larsen is a semi-finalist The Ernst Bacon Award for Composers. Composer Libby Larson released two albums on Navona Records, a solo album CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, and more recently THE CROSSROADS PROJECT, a compilation album. Composer Libby Larsen is one of America's most performed living composers. Larsen has created a catalog of over five hundred works ranging in intimate vocal to orchestral works. 


Timothy Lee Miller is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Chamber Music. Prolific composer Timothy Lee Miller has released two compilation albums on Navona Records, SPELLBOUND and more recently, DASHING. Miller has also released a compilation album on Ansonica Records, ABRAZO. Miller has also received numerous commissions and awards, including several ASCAP awards and the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011. 


Michael Murray is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Chamber Music and Orchestra. Composer Michael Murray has released two albums off of Navona Records, PERCIPIENCE, and SPELLBOUND, which is a compilation album. Michael Murray also recently released an album on Ansonica RecordsABRAZO, another compilation album and the first album release on Ansonica, receiving high praise from Gramophone and Pop Matters. Murray has appeared all around the world and has won awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs.


William Vollinger is a semi-finalist for The American Prize for Composition in Chamber Music and for Choral Music. Composer William Vollinger has published two albums on Navona Records, one solo album RASPBERRY MAN and a compilation album, FINE MUSIC; VOLUME THREE. Vollinger, who focuses his compositions in voice, both sung and spoken,  has been performed by groups such as the Gregg Smith Singers and New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, whose performance of Three Songs About the Resurrection won first prize at the Geneva International Competition.


Judith Lang Zaimont is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Chamber Music and for Orchestra. Composer Judith Lang Zaimont has released two albums on Navona Records, ETERNAL EVOLUTION, and was featured on the compilation album, FINE MUSIC: VOLUME TWOThe New York Times has described her work as "exquisitely crafted, vividly characterized and wholly appealing," and perhaps, for these reasons, her music has consistently drawn performers from around the globe and several of her works have achieved repertoire status. 



We, at PARMA, are extremely excited that we have so many incredible artists 
considered for The American Prize.

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