Juliet Palmer, a Toronto-based composer, sound artist, and performer, has won the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s ninth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers. The Lebenbom Award includes the commission of a new orchestral piece to be premiered by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a $10,000 cash prize, and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an artist’s retreat in Wyoming. Palmer is currently the artistic director of Urbanvessel, a Toronto-based platform for interdisciplinary collaboration. Her music has been performed by the Penderecki String Quartet, the Gryphon Trio, l’Orchestre Métropolitain, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and at venues including New York’s Bang on a Can Festival and Australia’s Adelaide Festival. Recent works include Invicta, with text by Blackfoot Pikani spoken word artist Zaccheus Jackson (Signal Theatre and The National Youth Orchestra); and Singing River, a site-specific performance at the Wonscotonach/Don River (Aanmitaagzi, Native Earth, Evergreen and Pan Am Path). Palmer holds a PhD in composition from Princeton University and a Master of Music in performance, composition, and time-based art from Auckland University in New Zealand. Previous Lebenbom Award winners include Stacy Garrop, Margaret Brouwer, Cindy McTee, Du Yun, Missy Mazzoli, Wang Jie, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Britta Byström.
Posted November 21, 2017