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Tod Machover is Musical America's 2016 Composer of the Year

(October 2015)

MachoverMusicalAmericaQN.jpg Tod Machover joins an exclusive group of composers honored by Musical America.

Visionary composer and inventor Tod Machover has been selected as Musical America’s 2016 Composer of the Year. An annual award given to an individual recognized for artistic excellence in the field of composition, the Composer of the Year title has been bestowed upon a host of luminaries including John Adams, Steve Reich, Christopher Rouse, and Meredith Monk.

"I am very grateful to Musical America for this honor and am thrilled to join a tradition that includes so many composers whose musical imagination and impact I admire," says Machover. "It is especially gratifying that my work — which I know is out-of-the-box and often employs unusual resources — has been recognized in this way by the larger musical community."

Other recipients of Musical America’s 2016 Awards include Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Artist of the Year), Jennifer Koh (Instrumentalist of the Year), Mark Padmore (Vocalist of the Year), and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Ensemble of the Year). Machover and the other awardees will be honored in a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on December 8, 2015.

Having recently completed his tenure as Composer-in-Residence at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland — a term that saw the premieres of three separate commissions — Machover will next see the premiere of his new Symphony in D (written for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), the latest installment in his city symphony series. Symphony in D will receive its first performances by Leonard Slatkin and the DSO November 20 & 21 in Detroit. (Click here to view a video introducing the project.)

About Tod Machover
A pioneering composer whose works often incorporate emerging musical technologies, Tod Machover has stretched the boundaries of composition. At MIT’s Media Lab, he has helped to develop interactive musical tools such as Hyperinstruments that use artificial intelligence to augment musical expression and creativity. His wide-ranging output includes operatic, orchestral, vocal, chamber, and solo works. Machover’s music has been performed and commissioned by many prestigious organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Houston Grand Opera, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, the Centre Pompidou, and the Tokyo String Quartet, among others. Machover was nominated as a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his opera Death and the Powers.

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