Auznieks Awarded Sarasota Orchestra Earshot Fellowship

EarShot, an initiative of American Composers Orchestra (ACO) in partnership with American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA, is the nation's first ongoing program for identifying and promoting the most promising orchestral composers on the national stage. Led by Los Angeles based conductor Christopher Rountree, four composers hailing from across the nation will hear their music played for the very first time. In seminars, feedback sessions and workshops the composers will spend the week working with the musicians of Sarasota Orchestra. The public will have several unique opportunities to see how the compositions develop in behind-the-scenes reading sessions leading up to Sarasota Orchestra's world premiere performances of the finished scores.

NeoArctic Performed at The Southbank Center in London

Internationally acclaimed Danish art collective Hotel Pro Forma unite with the Latvian Radio Choir in the UK premiere of this eco-apocalyptic opera.

We have entered a new geological age. Humans have become a force of nature, instrumental in causing rapid change to the earth we inhabit. Nature itself has become a cultural side effect with dramatic, uncontrollable ecological consequences. Climate change has turned the Earth into a hostile planet.

With intricate electronic soundscapes performed against a backdrop of abstract, digital landscapes, NeoArctic is a feast for the senses that transports audiences into an atmospheric, abstract world.

Auznieks Wins Latvian Grand Music Award

The prize was given for the best new work of the year for his concert-length Fire and Rose written for Sinfonietta Riga.

The Grand Music Award (GMA) is the highest form of state recognition in the field of music. It was established in 1993 following the initiative of former Minister of Culture Raimonds Pauls. For the first few years the awards ceremony took place in Riga Great Guild Hall, since 1996 the home of GMA is the Latvian National Opera House. The ceremony is broadcasted by Latvian Radio 3 Klasika and by Latvian National Television. The nominees and the prize-winners are selected by a jury, members of which have closely monitored the music life in Latvia: attending concerts and musical shows. Prize-winners received a silver statuette, created by Armands Jēkabsons and a monetary award. The Latvian Grand Music Award ceremony is organized by State Concert Agency Latvijas Koncerti and the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Latvia.