In 2017, Pnea began recognizing young talent with the initiation of two prizes that will be awarded biannually, at the discretion of Pnea’s board of directors and advisers: the Pnea Prize for Young Flutists, given to a young flutist who shows exceptional promise in the performance of contemporary music; and the Pnea Prize for Young Composers, given to an emerging composer who is recognized for her inventiveness and imagination in writing for the flute.
2019 PNEA COMPOSITION PRIZE RECIPIENT
2018 PNEA FLUTIST PRIZE RECIPIENT
ILARIA LOUISA HAWLEY
2018 PNEA COMPOSITION PRIZE RECIPIENT
Pnea is delighted to announce the Bahar Royaee as the 2019 Pnea Prize for Composers winner! Born and raised in Iran, Bahar is a composer of concert and incidental music. The Boston Arts Review praised Bahar's "haunting sound design" in her work with live theater. In 2017, Bahar was awarded a prize at the Krourian Electroacoustic Competition in Iran, and the Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award from the Boston Conservatory. Pnea commissioned Bahar for a fixed media piece for Density 2019, which premiered at The Kitchen in March 2019, and will support the development of a new piece for alto flute and electronics in the 2019-20 season. Listen to Bahar on Soundcloud.
Ilaria Louisa Hawley is a ten-year-old flutist and composer who resides in New York City and studies with Zadie Lawler. She was awarded the 2018 Pnea Prize for Young Flutists. Pnea has commissioned a flute work for Ilaria to perform in the 2019-20 season by the Density 2036 composer Suzanne Farrin. Ilaria's most recent work was performed by the New York Philharmonic in May 2019 as part of the Very Young Composers Program. We're tremendously proud to have Ilaria in the Pnea family!
The 2018 Pnea Prize for Composers was awarded to Camila Agosto, a Baltimore-based composer whose music ranges from electroacoustic works to orchestral scores, from works that are fully notated to improvisatory endeavors, and from solo instruments to larger ensembles. An avid collaborator, Camila Agosto (b. 1995) passionately fuses her music with other artistic mediums. Within her works, Camila often employs extended instrumental techniques and exhibits a particular emphasis on the exploration of different timbral and textural elements to create unique soundscapes that provide a space for the performer and listener to uncover the themes within each piece. Pnea commissioned Camila to write a new solo flute work that will be premiered by five exceptional young flutists: Philip Snyder, Louna Dekker, Joshua Weinberg, Jennifer Timmins and Eliza Shepherd, which will be premiered in Fall 2019 in multiple cities. Camila's website.