Congratulations to 2020 Garth Newel International Composition Competition Winner, Jordan Kuspa!

From all around the world works were submitted to Garth Newel Piano Quartet’s 9th International Composition Competition by composers who wanted to share their new piano quartets. The selected composer would be awarded the Glovie and Dick Lynn New Music Prize, along with a travel stipend to attend the premiere of the winning work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet as well as a residency during Garth Newel Music Center’s 2020 summer festival.

After reviewing nearly 100 entries, the members of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet are happy to announce Jordan Kuspa as the winner of Garth Newel’s 2020 International Composition Competition. The winning piano quartet, Collideoscope, will be premiered by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet on August 9, 2020. In addition to introducing his work, Jordan will be present at Garth Newel Music Center as the resident composer for the week leading up to the premiere.

Jordan is currently the Executive and Development Associate for Choral Arts Initiative as well as the Founding Director of the Del Mar International Composers Symposium in California. He has served on the faculty of Richland College in Dallas, where he taught composition, music theory, and cello, and directed the Richland String Orchestra. Jordan earned his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music and also studied at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music

Founded in 1973, Garth Newel Music Center – located in Hot Springs, Virginia – is one of the most active chamber music organizations in the country. Its resident ensemble – the Garth Newel Piano Quartet – performs over 60 concerts annually both at the Center and on tour. Through this competition, the Quartet seeks to broaden the piano quartet repertoire and to support the Center’s ongoing commitment to contemporary music.