I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the Grand Prize for New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative Composition Challenge for my composition “New World, Nov 9. 2016.” The contest winners will be recognized at the Concerts in the Parks on June 14, 2017. Official Announcement
I entered the composition contest to create “a work that contained or referenced themes from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World.”
I began composing the piece the day after the presidential election in November 2016 and the influence of that historic moment is definitely reflected in the composition. It’s quite a different musical view of the New World for an immigrant in Dvorak’s time and an immigrant like myself today. References from Dvořák and Shostakovich are embedded in a musical journey throughout the rich and international cultural world of New York City.
The piece was performed by Sirius Quartet and video taped in April 2017. Sirius Quartet will be performing the composition live at Club Bonafide (212 East 52nd Street NY, NY) on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 9:30pm and on Friday, June 16 at The Garage (463 West 150th Street) at 7pm.
Video recorded/filmed at the The Alchemical Studios – Rehearsal, Photography, Performance
Video by Simon C.F. Yu 2nd camera by Yusuke Suzuki
Recorded/Mixed by Rozhan Razman assisted by Khairul Aiman