Endowed by Suzanne Ettelson in memory of Lee Ettelson, the Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer's Awards for New Chamber Works by American Composers is nationally recognized as a major opportunity for composers. Its purpose is to honor the best in current American music and to provide composers with a prominent forum for their work.
Previous winners of the Suzanne & Lee Ettelson Award include composers who have gone on to have distiguished careers in American music composition.
Composer David Biedenbender’s first musical collaborations were in rock and jazz bands as an electric bassist and in wind and jazz bands as a bass trombone and euphonium player. A musical omnivore and a passionate collaborator, David is inspired by a diverse array of interests and experiences, and he seeks to fuse the energy and clarity of those influences with his own musical language. His present creative interests include working with everyone from classically trained musicians to improvisers, acoustic chamber music to large ensembles, and interactive electronic interfaces to live brain data.
David has had the privilege of collaborating with many talented performers and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, the Stenhammar String Quartet (Sweden), the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir. Recent recognition for his work includes two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, regional winner of the SCI Student Composer Competition, and the Third Millenium Ensemble’s Composition Prize. His music has been heard in many diverse venues, including Symphony Space (New York City), the German Embassy (Washington, DC), the Antonín Dvořák Museum (Prague, CZ), the Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI), and on WNYC’s (New York City Public Radio) Soundcheck with John Schaefer. David is currently working on the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at the University of Michigan. He will also study this summer at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and he has studied South Indian Carnatic music.
Ryan Chase (b. 1987) has had his music performed in venues ranging from dive bars to Carnegie Hall by such ensembles as Alaria, CIRCE, Contemporaneous, the IU New Music Ensemble, the Chelsea Symphony, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet, and new music soprano Ariadne Greif.
Recognized by many of the country's prestigious musical institutions, his accolades include two consecutive BMI Student Composer Awards, receiving the William Schuman Prize for Most Outstanding Entry in 2011; the Audience Choice Award from the 2012 American Composers Orchestra Underwood Readings; 1st Prize in the NACUSA Competition; the Jean Schneider Goberman Award; and the Bohuslav Martinú Award.
He is currently pursuing a DM at Indiana University where he also teaches undergraduate courses in post-tonal ear training. He holds degrees from IU (MM 2010) and the Mannes College of Music (BM 2008). He currently studies with David Dzubay and has also studied primarily with Claude Baker, Keith Fitch, Don Freund, and Gabriela Ortíz. He studies computer music at IU with Jeffrey Hass, John Gibson, and Alicyn Warren. Ryan is a member of ASCAP.
For more information and music, visit www.ryanmchase.com
Composers, Inc. is supported in part by Grants for the Arts of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, the San Francisco Friends of Chamber music, the Roger Shapiro Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the Bernard Osher Foundation, the BMI Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation and through the generosity of individuals who give selflessly for the cause of new American music.