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Harvard Foundation Awards Commission to Ithaca College Composer

ITHACA, NY — Harvard University’s Fromm Music Foundation has awarded Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, assistant professor in the School of Music at Ithaca College, a commission to compose a new work for piano and electronic sounds.

The work, written for Brazilian-Canadian pianist Luciane Cardassi, consists of a series of three interchangeable piano pieces. The exact order of the pieces is to be decided by the performer and could vary at every performance, if so desired. The electronic part is played from a laptop computer and comprises pre-recorded piano sounds.

A native of Peru, Grossmann teaches music composition, directs the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble and serves as director of the Latin American composers’ collective áltaVoz. He is also director of the 2013-14 Ithaca College Latin American Music Festival, which encompasses more than a dozen concerts and lectures throughout the year by and about some of Latin America’s leading contemporary composers and performers.

Cardassi is a noted performer of new music who regularly premieres works by emerging and established composers from around the world. Grossman previously contributed a piece for piano and electronics to her Going North project, which reflects on the trajectory of her life and the differences and similarities between the cultures of Brazil and Canada.

The Fromm Music Foundation, founded by the late Paul Fromm, has been located at Harvard University since 1972. Over the course of its existence, the foundation has commissioned over 300 news compositions and their performances, and has sponsored hundreds of new music concert series, among them Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music and the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard.

For more information contact Jenny Stockdale, marketing communications manager in the School of Music, at (607) 274-3256 or