2022 Composers Now Festival Opening Event

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 7:00 PM EST

Livestream on YouTube 


The Opening Event of the twelfth annual Composers Now Festival features a vibrant program of music by living composers hosted by Composers Now founder and artistic director, Tania León.

The Composers Now Visionary Award recognizes members of the arts community who, through their own creative practice and advocacy for others, have made a profound, positive and lasting impact in our culture. This year, the 2022 Composers Now Visionary Award will be presented to:
David Del Tredici
David Del Tredici

Program announced soon
photo by Susan Johann 

Mary D. Watkins
Mary D. Watkins

Program announced soon

The First Commission Award provides young composers with support aimed to encourage artistic potential and creative development. Selected composers receive a Composers Now commission and world premiere.  This annual award is generously made possible by Michael Minard.  The 2022 First Commission Award is presented to:
Ebun Oguntola


Ebun Oguntola

New Work, TBA

Performed by the
New Thread Quartet
Erin Rogers, mentor 

Performance of a new work by composer Seong Ae Kim and visual artist Andre Veloux created during their December 2021 Composers Now Composers Creative Residency, co-produced with the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Seong Ae Park Andre Veloux
Seong Ae Kim Andre Veloux

The evening also includes a 2021 Rohan Chandler work performed by pianist Vicky Chow, a performance by Joy Guidry, and composer/trumpeter Jonathan Saraga.

Rohan Chandler Vicky Chow Joy Guidry Jonathan Saraga
Rohan Chander Vicky Chow
photo by Kaitlin Jane
Joy Guidry
photo by Shala Miller 
Jonathan Saraga
photo by Luke Marantz