Niccolo receives a BMI Student Composer Award

Nine young classical composers, ranging in age from 17 to 26, have been named winners in the 57th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards. Newly appointed Awards Chair Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and BMI Foundation President Ralph N. Jackson announced the decisions of the jury and presented the awards at a reception held May 15 at the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in New York City. …

Niccolo Athens BMI award-winning work: Five Tableaux after Remedios Varo for orchestra

Niccolo Athens was born in 1988 in San Antonio, Texas and now attends The Juilliard School where he is pursuing a B.M. degree in composition. His composition teachers include Timothy Kramer, Samuel Adler and George Tsontakis. Athens was the winner of the Carlos Surinach Prize in the 2006 BMI Student Composer Awards and was also winner of the first San Antonio Symphony Young Composer’s Competition in 2006. He was chosen recently as an “Emerging Composer” for the 2009 Staunton Music Festival and received “Honorable Mention” in the 2009 NYAE Young Composer’s Competition. His music has been performed by the San Antonio Symphony, the Olmos Ensemble in San Antonio, the Youth Orchestra of the San Antonio Philharmonic, at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Aspen Music Festival and in New York City at the 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Steven’s Church and The Juilliard School. His BMI award-winning work was premiered in 2009 by the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall with Jefferey Milarsky conducting.