Professor of Composition David Dzubay is one of 14 composers to recently receive a 2015 Fromm commission. He will use the award to compose String Quartet No. 2 for the Pacifica Quartet, most likely premiering in 2017.
The commissions represent one of the principal ways that the Fromm Music Foundation seeks to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public. In addition to the commissioning fee, a subsidy is available for the ensemble performing the premiere of the commissioned work.
Founded by the patron of contemporary music, the late Paul Fromm, the Fromm Foundation is now in its sixtieth year, having been located at Harvard University for the past 40.
Since the 1950s, it has commissioned well over 300 new compositions and their performances, and has sponsored hundreds of new music concerts and concert series.
“I want to know you,” Igor Stravinsky once said to Fromm, “because contemporary music has many friends but only a few lovers.”