James Matheson Wins Charles Ives Award
New York, NY (December 6, 2011) – Yaddo composer James Matheson has won the prestigious Charles Ives Living, an American Academy of Arts and Letters award which gives an American composer $200,000 to fully devote their time to music composition.
The selection committee, which included fellow Yaddo artist Tania Leon, studied scores and recordings over a six-month period to decide upon Matheson, who will receive $100,000 annually over a two-year period beginning in July 2012. Although the Charles Ives Living winner agrees to forgo all salaried employment during the award period, there is no restriction on accepting composition commissions.
Matheson, who is based in Brooklyn, is Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Composer Fellowship Program. His recent commissions include True South, by the New York Philharmonic, Violin Concerto, by both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Four Fanfares, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Borromean Rings, commissioned by the Cheswatyr Foundation for the Borromeo String Quartet and pianist Judith Gordon.
Harmony Ives, widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed the royalties from her husband's music to the Academy to be used for scholarships for young composers. Six scholarships of $7,500 and two fellowships of $15,000 are given annually. In 1998, the Academy inaugurated the Charles Ives Living.