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Composition Faculty Zhou Long Awarded Prestigious Elise L. Stoeger Prize by Chamber Music Society

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 The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize winning composer and faculty Zhou Long is awarded the 2012-13 Elise L. Stoeger Prize for composers by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Stoeger Prize is a $25,000 cash award. The largest prize of its kind, it is given every two years in recognition of significant contributions to the field of chamber music composition. Chamber Music Society Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han commented on the announcement.

"We are thrilled that Zhou Long has been named the 2012-2013 Stoeger Prize Winner. With his rich and diverse catalogue of chamber music, we cannot think of a more deserving composer for this award. Not only is his voice original and exacting, but his ability to synthesize Western and Eastern sensibilities is unsurpassed in our estimation. He joins a truly stellar roster of contemporary composers who have been awarded the Stoeger Prize, adding luster to an already incandescent list of chamber music's greatest living advocates."

The Stoeger Prize for composers of chamber music was established by a generous gift from Milan Stoeger as a memorial to his wife, Elise, and in gratitude for the music that had been one of the principal joys of their lives. The Prize is awarded in recognition of achievement in the field of chamber music composition rather than for a specific work.

The Elise L. Stoeger Prize is the largest award given for chamber music composition, and is given to recognize composers who have made substantial contributions to the field of chamber music. Zhou Long joins a prestigious list of awardees since the prize was first given in 1987, including Conservatory faculty Chen Yi, and former Barr Institute Laureate Stephen Hartke.

Zhou Long talks about his work and musical background as he responds to the news of winning the Stoeger Prize in a video-taped interview posted on the CMS web site here.

A new work by Zhou Long, co-commissioned by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and London's Wigmore Hall, for clarinet, violin, viola, and piano will receive its U.S. premiere May 6, 2014 at Alice Tully Hall.

Congratulations!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu