The BMI Foundation (BMIF), in collaboration with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), has announced nine young composers, ages 15 to 27, as the winners of the 64th annual BMI Student Composer Awards. The winning compositions include works for orchestra and wind ensemble as well as solo and chamber works plus pieces involving electronics. Composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, who serves as the permanent Chair of the Student Composer Awards, Mike O’Neill, BMI President and CEO and BMIF Honorary Chair, and Deirdre Chadwick, BMI’s Executive Director of Classical and the President of BMIF, announced the decisions of the jury and presented the awards at a private ceremony held on May 16, 2016, at the J. W. Marriott Essex House Hotel in New York City.
The 2016 award recipients and their award-winning compositions are:
- Jack Hughes (b. 1992): Ripple for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano
- Tristan Xavier Köster (b. 1993): The Empty City Stratagem for male traditional Chinese folk singer (or tenor) and large orchestra
- Paul Mortilla (b. 1995):
STUPOR for trumpet, bass clarinet, double bass, piano, and drumset