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Boosey & Hawkes Launches 'Emerging Composers'

(May 2008)

EmergingComposers4NewsCentre2.jpg Boosey & Hawkes Launches 'Emerging Composers' with Oscar Bettison, Anna Clyne, and Du Yun

Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. (B&H) is pleased to announce the launch of a new sponsorship program, Boosey & Hawkes Emerging Composers. In order to foster and develop the next generation of innovative composers, B&H is providing publishing, promotion, and career support to a select group of emerging composers for a specified cycle. B&H inaugurates the program with artists Oscar Bettison, Anna Clyne, and Du Yun, with future signings to be announced.

Says B&H Director of Composers & Repertoire, Zizi Mueller: “We consider the Boosey & Hawkes Emerging Composers initiative an investment opportunity in 21st century repertoire and therefore in our community as a whole. The program allows for substantial flexibility for both Boosey & Hawkes and the composers to see how the relationship develops and may continue over time. It is our hope that this cycle will be the beginning of a long-term relationship between B&H and each one of these composers.”

Oscar Bettison, Anna Clyne, and Du Yun are versatile musicans, equally adept at writing for the orchestra, chamber music, dance, theatre and multi-media. Each composer demonstrates a distinctive voice and highly developed craft. In addition to writing for traditional orchestral and chamber forces, they are each charting new kinds of composition and exploring alternative genres such as multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Oscar Bettison's evolving rhythmic cycles and industrial sonorities test the tenuous space between pitch and noise, classical and rock, convention and invention. Born in Jersey, UK, Bettison works with a wide range of media—writing for existing instruments, re-imagining their roles, involving electro-acoustic elements, or creating instruments from found materials. Successes include winning the 1993-94 Lloyds Bank/BBC Young Composer of the Year award and the 1997 Royal Philharmonic Society prize, as well as commissions from the New London Orchestra, the Oxford Contemporary Music Festival, The New London Children's Choir, the BBC, the Eliza Miller Dance Company, and the London Sinfonietta.

After studying in London at the Royal College of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Oscar Bettison went to the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. He was awarded a fellowship to attend Tanglewood in summer 2001 and was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2007. He is currently based in the U.S. and is finishing his PhD at Princeton University.

London-born composer Anna Clyne creates acoustic and electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures that weave, morph and collide in dramatic explosions. Her work, which includes collaborative projects with cutting-edge choreographers, film-makers, visual artists and musicians, has been commissioned and performed throughout the US and around the world. Recent honors include commissions from Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Roulette/Jerome Foundation, awards from ASCAP and SEAMUS, performances by the American Composers Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and a residency with the Los Angeles-based Hysterica Dance Company.

A resident of Brooklyn, NY, Anna Clyne holds a first-class Bachelor of Music with honors degree from Edinburgh University and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Whether writing for concert halls, art shows, experimental theatres, or dance, Du Yun explores the physical reality of sound with her visceral, genre-defying compositions. Her works have been performed internationally by notable ensembles such as Bang On a Can All-Stars, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Radio Chamber Orchestra of The Netherlands, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Canada), Nueva Musíca (Mexico), Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Shanghai New Music Ensemble. In recent years, she has been awarded grants, prizes, and fellowships from the Fromm Foundation, Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, American Music Center, Shanghai New Music Foundation, and Meet the Composer.

Born and raised in Shanghai, Du Yun is currently based in New York City. She is an alumna of the Shanghai Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.), and Harvard University (M.A., PhD), and has recently joined the composition faculty of SUNY-Purchase.


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