Longy Composers Earn Competition Honors

February 8, 2016

Students recognized in Pappalardo Competition, Lexington Philharmonic’s New Music Experiment, and Italy’s Smareglia Composition Competition 

February 10, 2016—Longy is proud to recognize three students in the Composition department who have achieved success at composition competitions in the U.S. and abroad.

UD candidate Larry Rubin has been named the 2016 winner of the Pappalardo Composition Competition held by Radius Ensemble, Longy’s Ensemble-in-Residence. With this distinction, Larry’s piece, It’s So Wonderful, will be premeired during the Radius Ensemble concert on Saturday, March 5 at Edward M. Pickman Hall. Tickets are available at radiusensemble.org.

UD candidate Andrew Trovato’s “A Day of the Butterfly” was recognized in the 2015 Antonio Smareglia International Composition Competition, which is held by a consortium of Italian institutions. Trovato received third place in the category of solo piano submissions, earning a cash prize of 500 euros. 

"My goal as a composer is to help move humanity forward, whether in the ways we interact and perceive each other and the world around us or through contributions to the rich history of human art and innovation," says Trovato. "Competition accomplishments can give legitimacy and recognition to an artist, and I hope to use this to further my ability to instill change in our society."

MM candidate Stephen Baillargeon’s Scherzo from Symphony No.2 was selected for inclusion in the Lexington (KY) Philharmonic’s New Music Experiment. Stephen’s piece will be included in a workshop and reading session on Saturday, April 16, that includes members of the Lexington Philharmonic and Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. Additionally, one of the selected compositions may be programmed on CKYO’s Season Finale concert on May 15, 2016.  

“We are excited that our students have the opportunity to bring their music out of the studio to share it with a wider audience. The recognition of their hard work and commitment is well deserved,” says Composition faculty member Jeremy Van Buskirk.

Hear these three pieces along with other new works by Longy students, faculty, and alumni at the New Music Marathon on Saturday, February 20, beginning at 1:00pm. Admission is free with ticket reservation: longy.edu/events.


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