New World Symphony to participate in program for young composers

By Lawrence Budmen

Zosha Di Castri

The New World Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and music publisher Boosey & Hawkes will collaborate in New Voices, a joint commissioning project that will identify and provide professional development for emerging young composers.

Each season the three partners will guide a young composer from the Americas through the commissioning, preparation and performance of a chamber music work and a score for full orchestra, providing support on the publication, promotion and presentation of the composer’s work.

“The future of classical music depends on nurturing composers,” said Michael Tilson Thomas, artistic director of the New World Symphony and music director of the San Francisco Symphony. “We can better support emerging composers by giving them a chance to work more closely with talented musicians, composers and publishers as their works take shape,”

The first composer chosen for the program is Zosha Di Castri, who will be commissioned to write two new works, one for chamber ensemble and one for full orchestra.

Born in Canada, Di Castri now lives in New York where she is pursuing doctoral studies at Columbia University, with Fred Lerdahl. She previously received a BM in composition and piano from McGill University in Montreal and continued her studies in Paris with contemporary composer Tristan Murail. Di Castri was chosen by a panel headed by Tilson Thomas along with composers John Adams, Steven Mackey and Steven Stucky.

At the New World Symphony, Di Castri will work with Tilson Thomas, New World fellows, guest artists, conductors and coaches as the two scores are work-shopped in preparation for premieres by the New world Symphony in May, 2013. A two-week residency at the San Francisco Symphony will culminate in performances of the two scores in the fall of 2013. Tilson Thomas will conduct both the Miami and San Francisco performances of the orchestral work.


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