Nina C. Young

Composer and Sound Artist

News from 2014:

Relocating to Paris in the fall to a part of IRCAM’s 2015-16 Cursus.

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Looking forward to spending the month of July at the Willapa Bay AiR artist residency. I'm planning on completing my new work for the American Composers Orchestra while there, and sketching out material for the anthropocene cantata.
Just returned to NYC from a road-trip to Illinois revolving around the Martirano Award Concert at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My good friend, producer, composer and 8-string guitarist Adam Pietrykowski (aka Vantilburg Music) and I drove to Chicago for a quick visit and the head off to Urbana for rehearsals, talks, and a performance of Traced Upon Cinders. I am most thankful to the university and all of the judges for selecting me for the Martirano Award, and it was a pleasure to meet fellow award winner David Coll. Many thanks to Stephen Taylor who led the Illinois Modern Ensemble and to Zack Browning for his endless good humor and hospitality.

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Heading to Milwaukee in less than a month to participate in the 2014 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Composer Institute. Jeffrey Milarsky will be conducting my piece Fata Morgana - performance on October 25, 2014 at the Helene Zelazo Center.

The Aspen Music Festival and School just announced the 2014 Jacob Druckman Prize in composition. I am thrilled to be offered this opportunity and am looking forward to writing a new work for the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra led by Robert Spano to be premiered during the 2015 festival. Can't wait to head back over to that beautiful part of the world!

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Oliver Hagen led the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen (AACA) orchestra in the premiere of Fata Morgana (version for orchestra) as part of the 2014 Aspen Composer Showcase reading in Harris Hall.

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Today I signed the commission contract with the American Composers Orchestra for a new piece for the Orchestra Underground and vocal baritone David Tinervia to be premiered at Carnegie Hall during the 2015-16 season. This work will revolve around the 2014-17 Shackleton Antarctic Expedition. This work is made possible through the generous support of the Jerome Foundation.

Tanglewood is one of my favorite places on earth - the happiness and music that exudes from this establishment is unparalleled. Spending last summer as a fellow was the most transformative musical experience I have had to date. At the beginning of this year the Tanglewood Music Center commissioned me to write a new piece for the symphonic brass ensemble concert, an annual event that opens the TMC season. This late morning / early afternoon Karina Canellakis led the TMC fellows in a majestic premiere of Fata Morgana Seiji Ozawa Hall. It was overwhelming to return back to this magical place.

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Houston Public Media published a "Top 10 list: Brave New World of Chamber Music Composers" - Alma Deutscher, Kathryn Salfelder, Timo Andres, Caroline Shaw, Charlotte Bray, Hannah Lash, Michael van der Aa, Nico Muhly, Nina C. Young, and Ellis Ludwig-Leone.

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The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced their 2014 Music Award Winners, and I am honored to receive a Charles Ives Scholarship. NewMusicBox article.
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Nina C. Young - composer