New York, New Music

Eric Chasalow captures a prestigious composition commission to create a multifaceted work for a celebrated new music ensemble

Eric Chasalow
Eric Chasalow

The Irving Fine Professor of Music

Brandeis’ celebrated music department continues to win recognition on the world stage. This spring, Chamber 
Music America honored Eric Chasalow, Irving G. Fine Professor of Music, as a winner in its fiercely competitive 
classical commissioning program.

Chasalow, a faculty member for 20 years, will share in $170,000 distributed to nine applicants selected from a field of 81. Commissioned by New York New Music Ensemble — one of the best-regarded groups in the new music arena — Chasalow’s piece will combine flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin and cello with electronic manipulations of text and voice.

Director of the Brandeis Electronic Music Studio, Chasalow studied at the pioneering Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, where his mentors included composer Mario Davidovsky and flutist Harvey Sollberger. A prolific composer, he has won funding from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other agencies.

In reviewing his 2003 CD “Left to His Own Devices,” Array, the journal of the International Computer Music Association, called him “one of the leaders of our times.”

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