Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jessie Montgomery named Sphinx Virtuosi's Inaugural Composer-in-Residence

Jessie Montgomery (Jiyang Chen)

AfriClassical has been writing about Jessie Montgomery, whose website is
www.jessiemontgomery.com,    since 2008, when she was a violinist in the Providence String Quartet.  That same year, we heard a YouTube video of a composition she wrote and performed with the group, Strum.

The Sphinx Virtuosi Composer-in-Residence program serves as an important avenue to engage young composers of color in new commissions and arrangements for the ensemble. The 2013 Sphinx Virtuosi Composer-in-Residence Partnership has been funded by a gift from Linda and Stuart Nelson. "We are incredibly excited about this partnership and the opportunity to share great new music with audiences across the country.  We thank Linda and Stuart Nelson for their vision and commitment to our mission!" said Afa Sadykhly Dworkin, Artistic Director and Vice-President of Programming of the Sphinx Organization.

Jessie Montgomery, Sphinx alumna and violinist of the Catalyst Quartet, has been named the Inaugural Sphinx Virtuosi Composer-in-Residence.  This Fall, Montgomery's works will be featured during the 2013 Sphinx Virtuosi tour which includes the ensemble’s 10th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall.  "I am thrilled to be selected as the Inaugural Composer-in-Residence for the Sphinx Virtuosi!  I look forward to the opportunity this position offers me to create new works that will further diversify the palette of contemporary American composition." stated Montgomery.  Jessie Montgomery is a New York native violinist, composer and music educator.  She is a composer and performer of film, theater and concert music, performing regularly among New York’s classical and new music scenes.

Don’t miss this opportunity to book the Sphinx Virtuosi featuring 
Jessie Montgomery and the Catalyst Quartet!

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