Recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 2007, Sebastian Currier represents the finest in American composition. * He has received many other awards including the Berlin Prize, Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. * Currier's music has been enthusiastically embraced by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who commissioned and premiered his violin and piano piece Aftersong, and violin concerto, Time Machines. * Members of the Berlin Philharmonic dedicated a full evening to Currier's extensive chamber music output in October 2005, including the premieres of Remix for mixed ensemble and Crossfade for two harps.
Looking Ahead: This season features three world premieres by Sebastian Currier. His new violin concerto Aether, a joint commission by Boston Symphony Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, receives its world premiere in May with violinist Baiba Skride in Boston, followed by its European premiere in Leipzig. Anne-Sophie Mutter gives the world premiere of Ghost Trio—which weaves its fragments from trios by Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms—alongside pianist Lambert Orkis and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott at Carnegie Hall. Eleven Moons, commissioned for the 50th anniversary of Boston Musica Viva, features texts drawn from Sylvia Plath's diaries and is written for soprano and small ensemble.