MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS NETWORK -- The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to four composers. Richard Festinger is one of four award winners, with the Afiara Quartet of Canada co-sponsoring the commission.
Festinger’s award-winning music has been performed and commissioned by leading contemporary music ensembles throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Active as a composer, performer and arts administrator, Festinger founded the acclaimed group Earplay, an innovator in the creation and performance of contemporary music in the San Francisco area. A professor of Music at San Francisco State University since 1990, Festinger also serves as artistic director of the Morrison Artists Series. His music is published by C.F. Peters and Wildcat Canyon Press and is recorded on the Bridge, CRI, Centaur and Naxos labels. This is Festinger’s second Koussevitzky Foundation commission.