Four composers receive Koussevitzky Foundation commissions

Posted on: December 12, 2014

The Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new works by four composers, granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present them. The awardees are Richard Festinger, a music professor at San Francisco State University, and Canada’s Afiara Quartet; German composer Saed Haddad and Ensemble C-Barré, based in Marseille, France; British composer Joseph Phibbs and the BBC Symphony Orchestra; and Laura Elise Schwendinger, a professor of composition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Boston’s Chameleon Arts Ensemble. Koussevitzky, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1924 to 1949, established the Koussevitzky Foundation in 1942. The commissioning program is designed primarily for established composers of works for orchestra and chamber ensembles. More information is available here.

Posted December 12, 2014