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Award-Winning Composer George Tsontakis to Visit Ithaca College March 2-3


ITHACA, NY— George Tsontakis—recipient of the two highest awards in composition—will be visiting Ithaca College as part of the Enduring Masters series on Monday, March 3.  Featuring performances by various Ithaca College ensembles, “The Music of George Tsontakis” will start at 8:15 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital Hall of the James J. Whalen Center for Music.  Tsontakis will also appear on Sunday, March 2, to give an informal interview and lecture about his life and career at 8:15p.m. in the Iger Lecture Hall in the Whalen Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

In December, 2006, George Tsontakis was named the next recipient of the Charles Ives Living by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The prestigious award is in the form of a cash allowance spread over 3 years (2007-2010) to allow the composer to concentrate on composition, and during which time he must take a sabbatical from other salaried employment.

Tsontakis’ Violin Concerto No. 2 won the 2005 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award. This celebrated international composition award gives deserved recognition to a composer who already enjoys a global career. Other previous awards include the American Academy’s award for lifetime achievement in 1995; and in 2002, Tsontakis spent several months at the American Academy in Berlin as a result of the 2002 Berlin Prize (Alberto Vilar Fellowship). He also served as the first Composer-in-Residence with the Oxford Philomusica (England) from 1998-2002.

Supported by a grant from the New York State Music Fund, the Enduring Masters series is a collaboration between the Ithaca College School of Music, Gerontology Institute, and Linden Center for Creativity and Aging. The New York State Music Fund was established by the New York Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. For more information, please visit