San Antonio’s critically acclaimed contemporary chamber music ensemble SOLI, has won the 2013 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award in the contemporary ensemble category. Founded in 1994, SOLI Chamber Ensemble has been known for giving new voice to 20th and 21st century classical contemporary music and for its strong commitment to commissioning new works for nearly two decades. Group has commissioned 31 brand new works to date and continues to mesmerize audiences through its cutting edge performances.
Established jointly by Chamber Music America (CMA) and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the annual awards recognize U.S.-based professional ensembles and presenters for distinctive programming of music composed within the past 25 years. The recipients, chosen by an independent panel of judges, were evaluated on the basis of their programming and innovations in attracting audiences to performances of new music. SOLI received the award based on its programming and commissions, which included premieres of works by such composers as Brian Bondari, Xi Wang, Dan Welcher, Doug Balliett, and Paul Moravec, as well as Prelude to the End by composer Steven Mackey and video artist Mark DeChiazza. This was the first time the Ensemble has applied for this coveted national award.
The award ceremony was held during the 35th Annual Chamber Music America National Conference on January 20, 2013 in New York City.