The Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat is a groundbreaking partnership between the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation and the Hermitage Artist Retreat. Pursuing the mission "to bring into the world works of art that will have a significant impact on the broader or artistic culture," the prize seeks to identify individuals whose past work and future prospects position them to achieve this lofty and ambitious goal. The $30,000 prize in the form of a commission is awarded annually, and rotates each year among three areas; drama, music, and a "wild card." In the "wild card" years, the prize may be awarded in any field or combination of fields, or themes in an effort to accommodate new forms, fields, technologies, and the blending of traditional disciplines.


The Hermitage Artist Retreat and its partner the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation are very pleased to announce that the 2015 Greenfield Prize will be awarded this year in music to Composer Bobby Previte. Serving on the jury that selected Previte was Linda Golding, former President of Boosey & Hawkes Music publishers, Pulitzer Prize winning Composer David Lang, and President and CEO of Philadelphia's Kimmel Center Anne Ewers. The Prize will be presented at a celebration dinner on Saturday, April 18, at Michael's on East, 1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota, FL. This annual award includes a $30,000 cash prize as a commission for a new work of art to be realized within two years. In addition, the winner is given residency time at the invitation-only Hermitage Artist Retreat, a premier performance by a professional arts organization on the two-year anniversary of the award and assistance in helping to have the new work programmed for future performances. Semi-finalists, who will receive a $1000 stipend along with a Hermitage residency, are Composers Don Byron, Tyshawn Sorey and Julia Wolfe.

It is with great excitement that we make this announcement every year and are thrilled once again to be able to congratulate Bobby Previte on joining Composers Eve Beglarian and Vijay Iyer as Greenfield Prize winners. We look forward to having him with us at the Hermitage to work on the piece and help him in any way that we can to create this exciting new work.

For more information on Bobby Previte and this year's Greenfield Prize weekend festivities, click HERE.

Photo credits: Kate Previte


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