Ted Hearne Named Third Annual 'New Voices' Composer
Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Boosey & Hawkes, the New World Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony today announced composer Ted Hearne as the third annual New Voices composer. A recipient of the Gaudeamus Prize; ASCAP's Leonard Bernstein Award and Morton Gould Award; fellowships from the Barlow Endowment, the Fromm Music Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and two residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Ted Hearne has captured the attention of the classical, pop, and rock worlds. His collaborations with ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and artists like Erykah Badu have earned him praise from musicians and critics. Also a singer, Hearne has been called a "vocal hellion" by Time Out Chicago, and The Los Angeles Times has said, "No single artist embodies the post-genre Brooklyn scene, but Hearne may be its most zealous auteur."
"Ted Hearne is an exciting young composer, his music often combining various musical traditions and styles," comments Michael Tilson Thomas. "I look forward to working with him in a variety of new commissions and settings on both coasts."
"I'm honored and excited to be taking part in the New Voices program," says Hearne. "With this initiative, it seems clear that Boosey and Hawkes, the New World Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony recognize the need for bridges between American orchestras and what I know to be an extremely vibrant new-music community. There are so many incredible ideas coming from the composers of my generation, and so few opportunities to explore and develop those ideas with American orchestras. New Voices aims to change this by fostering fruitful collaborations, and I'm thrilled to be taking part. I am also greatly looking forward to working with Michael Tilson Thomas, along with the San Francisco Symphony and Fellows of the New World Symphony."
New Voices, a partnership between Boosey & Hawkes, the New World Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony, aims to develop the professional careers of emerging composers in the Americas. Each year, one composer is chosen from a selection of invited applicants to participate in a multi-organizational residency that covers areas in career development including, but not limited to, working with a publisher, realizing new compositions, and premiering their works on both coasts with the New World Symphony and San Francisco Symphony in orchestral and chamber settings. Mr. Hearne was selected by a panel of judges consisting of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and composers John Adams, Steven Mackey, and David Del Tredici.