Huw Watkins awarded Lincoln Center Stoeger Prize
Jan. 26, 2017
Schott Music is proud to announce that Huw Watkins has been named the 2016-2017 recipient of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Elise L. Stoeger Prize.
The Stoeger Prize is given every two years in recognition of significant contributions to the field of chamber music composition. Previous recipients include Oliver Knussen, Thomas Adès, Kaija Saariaho, Jörg Widmann and Thomas Larcher.
Chamber Music Society Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han commented on the announcement:
We are very proud of the Stoeger Prize’s distinguished history of celebrating composers who devote their talents to chamber music, and we are delighted with our jury members’ selection of Huw Watkins to receive the 2016 prize. They were universal in their admiration of his work, praising it as fresh and emotionally gripping, beautifully crafted and endlessly lyrical. He won their full endorsement and we agree that Watkins, as a composer of immense talent, is well suited to join the illustrious ranks of his predecessors.
Huw Watkins responded:
For as long as I can remember, chamber music has been central to my life: playing it, listening to it and writing it. To be chosen for this prize by the Chamber Music Society is a huge honor - the list of previous Stoeger Prize recipients is indeed an illustrious one - but it is also an inspiration for me to keep writing the music I love most of all.
Upcoming premieres with the Hallé Orchestra and Carnegie Hall
Amongst Watkins' upcoming projects are a Symphony to be premiered by the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder on April 20, a new song cycle for soprano Ruby Hughes to premiere at Carnegie Hall this autumn, a new piano quintet commissioned by the Chamber Music Society to premiere in the 2018/19 season.
Future commissions include a new orchestral work for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom Watkins is Composer-in-Association.
For more information on Huw Watkins, visit schott-music.com.