This summer preeminent Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina received a prestigious Koussevitzky Music Foundation commission award. Once completed her new work will be premiered in a performance sponsored by Contempo, the University of Chicago’s new music collective. Gubaidulina is considered one of the leading post-Soviet Union composers, and her work is “prized for its imagination, intellect, dramatic qualities, and deep inner spirituality.” Previous winners of this award include Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, and Aaron Copland.
Martha Feldman, professor and acting chair of the University’s Department of Music, notes the larger significance of the award as it relates to the University of Chicago’s growing influence in the performing arts: “With the imminent opening of the Reva and David Logan Arts Center for Creative and Performing Arts, now is a brilliant time in our institutional history to establish such a relationship. To await a work from Sofia Gubaidulina is to be in a very special position.”