Britta Byström receives Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers

Britta Byström receives Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers
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The Swedish composer Britta Byström has been awarded the prestigious Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Byström will receive a $10,000 prize and will be composing a new work for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to be premiered in the 16/17 season.

Evan Chambers, Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan and jury member explains in the recently issued press release why Byström was chosen as the 8th winner of the award:

Britta Byström writes music of great beauty, of imaginative color and texture, with compelling formal sweep and an engaging sense of the mysterious,” Chambers said. “She is a tremendously accomplished orchestral composer with control of all aspects of the medium, someone Detroit audiences will enjoy hearing!”

In the same press release Britta Byström is quoted: ”The donor behind this award has found a new, unexpected way to influence the orchestral repertoire of the future, and I will do my very best to write music in the same spirit: new, unexpected and with a curiosity for the future."

We congratulate Britta Byström with the award!


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