Steven Stucky Composer Fellowship Fund

Composer Steven Stucky (1949-2016) made tremendous contributions to American music as a composer and as an educator. The LA Phil was fortunate to have had a close relationship with Stucky for more than 20 years. He served first as the orchestra’s composer-in-residence and then as its consulting composer for new music. His Second Concerto for Orchestra, which was commissioned by the LA Phil, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music in 2005.

In addition to being an award-winning composer, Stucky was a beloved professor and lecturer at Cornell, Juilliard, and Berkeley among other esteemed institutions. He was also the founder of one of the LA Phil’s most groundbreaking and important educational initiatives, the Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program (CFP). 

A unique offering among American orchestras, CFP provides high school-age composers with an opportunity to become part of the LA Phil’s thriving new music community and develop their own creative voices. The innovative, multi-year program offers students a point of entry into the process of composing at a professional level. The program gives its participants the tools and freedom necessary to shape the future of concert music. 

Stucky’s legacy lives on through these young artists. In tribute to that legacy, the LA Phil created the Steven Stucky Composer Fellowship Fund, an endowed fund which supports a Composer Fellow during his or her tenure with the LA Phil. 

This fall, Bridge Records will release pianist Gloria Cheng’s Garlands for Steven Stucky, a compilation of 32 one- to two-minute pieces written in Stucky’s memory. The album expands upon the 2016 memorial concert held in Stucky’s honor at Walt Disney Concert Hall, where Piano Spheres originally performed six of the tribute pieces.

Proceeds from the album will benefit the Steven Stucky Composer Fellowship Fund, ensuring that the next generation of composers will continue to benefit from Stucky’s vision. 

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