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BMI Composer Michael Gilbertson Wins Prestigious Bryant Commission

Posted in News on June 3, 2013
BMI’s Deirdre Chadwick and composer Michael Gilbertson
BMI’s Deirdre Chadwick and composer Michael Gilbertson

2013 BMI Student Composer Award winner Michael Gilbertson has also been awarded the Boudleaux Bryant Commission for classical composers. Gilbertson, 25, just completed a Master’s Degree in Composition at Yale University and recently visited Broadcast Music Inc.’s New York City office to meet with Deirdre Chadwick, BMI’s Executive Director of Classical Music.

The Commission is named after Boudleaux Bryant, who penned such legendary hits as “All I Have to Do Is Dream” and “Bye Bye Love,” and requires that the new work feature a violin component in honor of Bryant, who began his career as a classical violinist. Awarded on a regular basis, the Boudleaux Bryant Commissions were established through the generosity of the family and friends of the late celebrated songwriter.

For each commission, the BMI Foundation chooses a prominent contemporary music performer or organization, and they, in turn, select a former BMI Student Composer Award-winning composer to write the commissioned work. Gilbertson was chosen by Sybarite 5, the young alternative classical string quintet who were named winners in the 2011 Concert Artists Guild competition. His commissioned work will be premiered by the group in the 2014 season.