Composer Wins Major Music Prize

September 16, 2008

September 16, 2008 — Nathan Currier, a visiting faculty member in the University of Virginia's McIntire Department of Music, recently won the 2008 International Sackler Award for Music Composition.

The recently established award honors one composer each year with a $20,000 commission to compose a new work — this year a piano concerto — followed by a premiere and recording of the work.

In addition, Currier's separate chamber work, "Possum Wakes from Playing Dead" for cello and harp, commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic, will be premiered Sept. 30 in Berlin.

Currier also received a 2008-09 Fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, which will culminate in the premiere of his new project, "War Music." The evening-long work of music and theater, with a libretto written in collaboration with British poet Christopher Logue, will be performed in both Virginia and New York City.

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