The Hermitage Artist Retreat and its partner, the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation, have announced that the 2015 Greenfield Prize will be awarded this year in music to composer Bobby Previte. This award includes a $30,000 commission for a new work to be realized within two years. In addition, the winner is given residency time at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, a performance by a professional arts organization on the two-year anniversary of the award, and assistance with future performances for the work.
“Winning a prize is always good,” remarked Previte. “Winning a prize to create music for great musicians is better. Winning a prize and writing that music on a beach will be…heaven!”
Semi-finalists, who will each receive $1000 along with a Hermitage residency, are composers Don Byron, Tyshawn Sorey, and Julia Wolfe.
The mission of the commission is to bring into the world a work of art that will have a significant impact on the broader or artistic culture. A small group of semi-finalists, selected by a jury, is asked to submit a proposal for their project based on this guideline. Serving on the jury that selected Previte were Linda Golding, former president of Boosey & Hawkes Music publishers, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and Anne Ewers, president and CEO of Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.
The Greenfield Prize is awarded in three rotating arts disciplines every spring. In addition to music, the award is also given in drama and visual art. Previous winners in music include composers Eve Beglarian and Vijay Iyer.
(—from the press release)