[ Alumni Announcement ]

Andrew Norman Named Musical America’s
2017 Composer of the Year

October 21, 2016

andrewnormanAndrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) has been named Musical America’s 2017 Composer of the Year.

Norman’s work draws on an eclectic mix of sounds and notational practices from both the avant-garde and classical traditions. They have been described by the New York Times as showcasing “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors.” His symphonic works have been performed by leading ensembles worldwide, including the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the BBC, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Orchestre National de France, and many others.

Norman is the recipient of the 2004 Jacob Druckman Prize, the 2005 ASCAP Nissim and Leo Kaplan Prizes, the 2006 Rome Prize, the 2009 Berlin Prize and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. His 30-minute string trio The Companion Guide to Rome was named a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music, and his large-scale orchestral work Play was named one of NPR’s top 50 albums of 2015 and nominated for a 2016 GRAMMY® Award in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category.  Norman joined the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 2013.

Since it’s founding in 1898 as a weekly newspaper covering drama, music and the arts, Musical America Worldwide today is a well known resource for the international performing arts community.  Alongside Andrew Norman, the 2017 Award Winners include Yuja Wang (Artist of the Year), Susanna Mälkki (Conductor of the Year), Eric Owens (Vocalist of the Year) and Eighth Blackbird (Ensemble of the Year).