The Frank Robert Abell Young Composer Award was established by a generous bequest from the estate of Frank Robert Abell, a longtime Louisville philanthropist with close ties to the University of Louisville School of Music. He had a deep love for contemporary music and a strong desire to help younger composers. The award seeks submissions of chamber music from composers ages 18-26 and offers a first prize of $10000 USD. Apply and learn more at https://abellaward.com
2015 Abell Composition Competition Winners
First Prize ($10,000) – John Rot
First Prize goes to John Rot, currently based in New York City, for his composition glide idly for string octet.
2014 Abell Composition Competition Winners
1st Prize: Itzam Leonardo Zapata Paniagua, "Piñatas, Glitter and Stilettos" for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
2nd Prize: Weijun Chen, "Canoe" for string quartet
2013 Abell Composition Competition Winners
1st Prize: Eugen Birman, "Red Desert"
2nd Prize: Chaz Underriner, "nocturne series: 5 for string quartet and field recording"
2012 Christopher LaRosa, "Symmetries"
2011 Hunjoo Jung, "Maria! I must be Awakened to Your Soul"
2010 Nathan Heidelberger, "Of Songs"
The University of Louisville Young Composer Competition for New Electro-acoustic Music:
2012 Dexter Ford, "Barbershop"
2011 Ryan Gaston, "Nocturne (Crickets: Inside & Out)"
2010 Emilie Payeur, “Etude Claire et Nette”