World Premiere Performance by Sackler Composition Prize Winner David Dzubay on March 2

David Dzubay, 2015 Sackler Award Winner (Alain Barker Photo)

A world premiere performance of a composition by David Dzubay will be performed on March 2, 2017 at 8pm in von der Mehden Recital Hall. Tickets can be purchased at

Composer David Dzubay, was named the recipient of the 11th Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize presented by the University of Connecticut, a $25,000 award to compose a new work for a specific area of musical arts to be performed by UConn students and faculty and also recorded.

Dzubay, who is chair of the composition department and director of the New Music Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will be composing a concerto for flute and violin with wind ensemble, with the working title “Rapprochement.”

The competition, organized by the School of Fine Arts, is an international award that supports and promotes composers and the performance of their new musical works. Every second year, entrants are asked to compose a piece for a specific area of the musical arts, chosen by the head and other faculty of the music department.

The prize was established through a gift from Raymond and Beverly Sackler, major philanthropists and generous donors to UConn.

“The Sackler Composition prize is a unique award and one of the largest prizes given for the composition of new musical works. It is so important that we continue to encourage the composition and performance of new music,” says Anne D’Alleva, dean of the UConn School of Fine Arts. “The performance experience made possible by this competition is a wonderful learning opportunity for our students. It not only expands their musical horizons but gives them an added professional credential when they are seeking opportunities after college.”