ICO 2022 Composition Winner


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Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Announcews 2022 Contemporary Music Composition Winner – Kyle Rivera.

INDIANAPOLIS – (August 30) Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) is thrilled to announce Kyle Rivera as the 2022 CMF Composition Contest Winner. This year’s competition was fierce with over 70 applicant compositions. The ICO contest in partnership with Indiana State University’s Contemporary Music Festival which takes place every October is a double blind application. Every composition is reviewed by a panel and then the top 10 are reviewed by ICO music director, Matthew Kraemer. Maestro Kraemer was captured by Kyle’s composition, and enjoyed many of the other pieces as well. “This year’s composition entries were among the best I’ve reviewed in my tenure. I am excited to present “Bridgetower Variations” in the 2022 concert.”

Kyle is a Connecticut-based composer. He currently studies at the Yale School of Music earning a Master of Music Composition degree as a Laitman Award recipient. He earned a BM in Music Composition and Viola Performance from the University of Houston with a Minor in Kinesiology. His principal teachers for composition were Katie Balch, Dr. Rob Smith, and David Ludwig. He has also studied composition with Jimmy Lopez, Reiko Fueting, Martin Bresnick, Pierre Jalbert, Christopher Theofanidis, Stephen Hartke, and Don Crockett. Kyle has performed as a member of the AURA Contemporary Ensemble, with Sphinx Virtuosi, the Ariel Quartet, and the Houston Ballet Academy. He has participated as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, Fresh Inc Music Festival, and the Atlantic Music Festival.

As a composer, his music has been performed in numerous cities, on public radio, and by various ensembles. Past collaborations include the Houston Symphony, Musiqa Houston, AURA Contemporary Ensemble, KINETIC Ensemble, Houston Grand Opera Co., Fifth House Ensemble, Opus Illuminate, 10th Wave Chamber Music Collective, the Chelsea Music Festival, the Kenari Quartet, and Bent Frequency. Future projects include a residency at the ISU contemporary music festival and a new work for Tacet(i) Ensemble.

The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra will play “Bridgetower Variations” by Kyle Rivera at 7:30 on Thursday, October 27 at Indiana State University.  Notable past composition winners include Jennifer Higdon (1996) and Reinaldo Moya (2016). A full list of contest winners can be found here.

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