The winners of the third ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Competition, established to encourage and recognize young composers who write for voice, announced on November 17. They are Zhou Tian (first prize, $3,500), Eric Guinivan (second prize, $1,000), and Juhi Bansal (third prize, $500). The first prize carries with it a commission to write a song cycle for voice and piano to be published by E.C. Schirmer and performed in three major American cities; second- and third-prize winners receive commissions to compose an art song for voice and piano. Joni Greene won the Damien Top Prize ($500), which awards the recipient a commission to set a poem by Andrée Brunin that will be premiered at the 2010 Albert Roussel International Festival in France. Judges for the biannual competition were composers Stephen Dembski, Daron Hagen, John Musto, and Larry Alan Smith.
Posted November 18, 2009