Jonathan Berger and Christopher Trapani are the two composer recipients of 2016 Rome Prizes. The annually awarded prizes, which are selected by independent juries through a national competition process, offer a group of scholars, artists, writers, and composers the opportunity to participate in year-long residencies at the American Academy in Rome (AAR) where they are provided with the time and space to think and pursue their individual work as part of a unique and dynamic international community. There are a total of 28 American recipients of the prize this year, a group which also includes writers, visual artists, designers, architects, landscape architects, and scholars in the field of ancient, medieval, renaissance, early modern, and modern Italian studies. In addition, six Italian scholars were offered fellowships providing a residency at AAR. The Rome Prize winners and Italian Fellows benefit from access to all Academy resources and guidance from AAR’s network of advisors as well renowned artists and scholars living at AAR as Residents throughout the year.
(—from the press release)