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Detroit Symphony Orchestra Names Palmer Winner of Lebenbom Award

Mike Lawson • News • November 15, 2017

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced that the winner of the ninth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers is New Zealand-Canadian composer, sound artist, and performer Juliet Palmer.

Palmer is currently the artistic director of Urbanvessel, a Toronto-based platform for interdisciplinary collaboration. Her music has been featured around the world, from the Bang on a Can Festival in New York, to the Adelaide Festival in Australia. Performers of her music include the Penderecki String Quartet, Trio Fibonacci, the Gryphon Trio, Toca Loca, Continuum, l’Orchestre Métropolitain, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and more.

The Lebenbom Award includes the commission of a new orchestral piece to be premiered by the DSO, a $10,000 cash prize, and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an artist’s retreat in northern Wyoming.

The competition, launched in 2006, is the only annual orchestra-sponsored award granted annually to a living female composer, of any age or nationality. The DSO received 71 competition entries from composers around the world. Palmer was chosen by a jury of DSO musicians and members of the Detroit music community.

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