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David Wins EAMA Competition Prize

Prize Awarded for "Profound Artistic Message"

NEC Composition Student Derek David ’10 M.M. ’13 D.M.A. Wins European American Musical Alliance Prize for his String Quartet No. 1

Derek David, a 26-year old doctoral student in composition studying with Michael Gandolfi, has won the prestigious 2011 European American Musical Alliance (EAMA) Prize for his String Quartet No. 1 ”Of Narcissus and Echo.” Chosen from 120 submitted scores from all over the world, David’s piece was selected as “a musical composition of profound artistic message, possessing a unique musical voice, and demonstrating clear, direct power of communication.” David will receive a prize of $4500 at an awards ceremony this winter in New York City. A native of Los Angeles, CA, the composer received his Master of Music with honors from NEC in 2010.

Headquartered in Paris, EAMA is a not for profit arts organization committed to fostering and promoting the classical arts. Its mission is to teach, to broaden interest in the arts, and to present composers and performers of the highest caliber. Besides the composition prize, EAMA offers summer music programs in composition, conducting and chamber music at Paris’s historic Schola Cantorum– taught in the tradition of the legendary Nadia Boulanger. It also sponsors the annual, year-round EAMA Music Lecture Series, focusing on the link between the music of our time and the rich tradition that precedes it. Building on the legacy of Nadia Boulanger’s Wednesday Analysis class, the EAMA Lectures are held in an intimate setting and are geared toward both the serious student of music who wishes to improve his/her craft and the music lover who seeks a greater understanding and appreciation.

The impressive Final Jury for the prize was comprised of Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of The Juilliard School; Former Senior Director and Artistic Advisor, Carnegie Hall; Philip Lasser, Director of EAMA, Professor at The Juilliard School; Donald Nally, Conductor, The Crossing Choir; Ken Noda, Pianist, Musical Assistant to James Levine, Metropolitan Opera; and Alex Ross, Music Critic of The New Yorker, author of “Listen to This” and the highly acclaimed book “The Rest is Noise.” 

David’s prize-winning String Quartet No. 1 was the recipient of the 2010 NEC Honors composition competition, and was premiered in Jordan hall by the Sonica Quartet, the honors ensemble string quartet comprised of Tessa Lark (Violin I), David McCarroll (Violin II), Emily Deans (Viola), and Narek Hakhnazaryan (Cello). The Quartet received its second Jordan Hall performance this past May at the “Doctoral Composers Concert” featuring Quan Yuan (Violin I), Timo de Leo (Violin II), Emily Deans (Viola), and Jonathan Doormand (Cello). To listen to a recording of that performance on YouTube, click here.

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