ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams announced the recipients of the 2022 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awardwhich encourage talented young creators of concert music between the ages of 13 and 30.

“We couldn’t be happier to recognize this incredibly talented group of young composers who represent the future of concert music,” said Williams. “Positive reinforcement early in a music creator’s career can be invaluable. We are grateful to our judges for their commitment to the ASCAP Foundation in supporting this program.”

The winners of the Morton Gould Prize for Young Composers 2022 are listed below with their current residence and place of origin. Beneficiaries under 18 are listed by state of residence: Benjamin Boulanger from Kansas City, MO (Pleasant Plain, OH); Alex Berco of Houston, TX (Cleveland, OH); Paul Berlinsky from Kansas City, MO (Miami Beach, FL); Anuj Bhutan from Austin, TX (Houston, TX); Aiyana Braun of Philadelphia, PA (Ardmore, PA); Shengnan Cao of Kansas City, MO (Beijing, China); Bryn Davis of St. Paul, MN (Richmond, VA); Baudouin Giang from Chicago, IL (Malvern, Pennsylvania); Soomin Kim from Minneapolis, MN (Uijeongbu, South Korea); Joel Kirk from Buffalo, NY (Manchester, UK); Cheng Jin Koh from New York, NY (Singapore); Sam Kohler from New Orleans, LA (Eugene, OR); Daniel Leibovic from Houston, Texas (Richmond, Virginia); Maxwell Lu of New York, NY (Dayton, MD); JP Merz from Los Angeles, CA (Janesville, WI); Celka Ojakangas from Los Angeles, CA (Springfield, MO); Siddharth pants this side ; Marco-Adrián Ramos Rodriguez from New Haven, CT (Betonville, AR); Lucy Shirley of Kansas City, MO (Indianapolis, IN); Wise Shurman this side ; TianSongfeng from Kansas City, MO (Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province, China); Meilina Tsui from Orlando, FL (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and Casey Weisman this side.

The following composers received honorable mention (recipients under the age of 18 are listed by state of residence):
Tugrul Orkun Akyol of Davis, CA (Istanbul, Turkey); KiMani Bridges of Bloomington, IN (Louisville, KY); Victor Cui of Baltimore, MD (Beijing, China); Matthew Foresi from WA; Aidan Gold from New York, NY (Seattle, WA); Camilo Gonzalez-Sol from Austin, TX (Takoma Park, MD); Liu Yizhang from Kansas City, MO (Hunan, China); Chuyi Luo from New York; quinn mason from Dallas, TX; Jordan Thousand from New York; Chris Neiner from Cleveland Heights, OH (Burnsville, MN); Luca Pasquini CO; Grant Shueh from New Jersey; Eunike Tanzil from New York, NY (Medan, Indonesia) and Isabelle Tsen of FL.

Baudouin Giang was recognized by the jury with the 2022 Leo Kaplan Award, created in memory of the distinguished attorney who served as ASCAP’s Special Distribution Advisor. The award is funded by the Kaplan family.

The composers/judges for the 2022 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards were: Svjetlana Bukvich,Daniel Felsenfeld, Yotam Haber, Philip Lara, fang man, Jessica May, Shawn Okpebholo and Jorge Sosa.

Established in 1979 as The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards with funding from ASCAP Foundation Jack and Amy Norworth Fund, the program awards cash prizes to composers of concert music up to age 30 whose works are selected through a nationwide juried competition. These composers can be US citizens, permanent residents, or students on a US student visa. In addition to the ASCAP Foundation’s Jack and Amy Norworth Fund, The Irving Caesar Fund of the ASCAP Foundation also funds the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Caesar was best known as the lyricist for “Tea for Two” and “Swanee”, while Jack Norworth wrote standards such as “Shine On Harvest Moon” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.

The annual ASCAP Foundation Young Composer program was dedicated to the memory of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Morton Gould after his death in 1996 to honor his lifelong commitment to nurturing young creators. A child prodigy himself, Gould’s first composition was published by G. Schirmer when he was only six years old. Gould was president of ASCAP and the ASCAP Foundation from 1986 to 1994.

About the ASCAP Foundation

Founded in 1975, the ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. These include songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, community recognition and outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and music lovers around the world.

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