Augusta Read Thomas signs with Nimbus Music Publishing
American composer Augusta Read Thomas has signed a publishing agreement withNimbus Music Publishing, the publishing arm of Nimbus Records. Following a career-long relationship with G. Schirmer (Music Sales), which still owns the copyrights of her complete works to date, starting 15 November 2015 Augusta's next works will be published by Nimbus. Forthcoming works include Klee Studies for Piano Trio to be premiered by the Neave Trio on 10 April 2016; Venus Enchanted for Solo Violin commissioned by Jennifer Koh as part of her 'Shared Madness' project; and Violin Concerto No. 4 to be premiered by Baibe Skride in 2017.
Augusta began her relationship with Nimbus in January 2014 when they partnered to release a series of recordings devoted to her music. Nimbus has now issued five discs with a sixth scheduled for release April 2016. Her first release, NI6258, was nominated as one of six finalists in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards for 2014. Augusta says'I am very honored to be starting a new relationship with Nimbus Music Publishing and am looking forward to a fruitful partnership in the years to come. Nimbus Records longstanding commitment to the music of our time exemplifies their inspiring leadership and vision.'
Augusta was the Composer-In-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez from 1997-2006 during which time she composed nine works for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has won a Grammy and received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. Her composition Astral Canticle was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Recently, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco appointed her Chevalier awarding her the Order of Cultural Merit, which was presented at the Prince's Palace on 18 November 2015. The New Yorker Magazine called Thomas 'a true virtuoso composer.' Rising early to the top of her profession, a member of both The American Academy of Arts and Letters and Academy of Arts and Sciences, former Chairperson of the American Music Center, Augusta has become one of the most recognizable and widely loved figures in American Music. According to statistics released last year by ASCAP, a performing rights organization, Augusta topped their list of most frequently performed living composers in 2013-14.
NI 6323 - Of Being is a Bird (Released worldwide April 2016)
Nimbus Music Publishing was launched in 2014 to publish and support music on two fronts: in publishing the works that were never published or have fallen out-of-print, and in supporting the work of living composers. Augusta will join the British composer Richard Blackford and trumpet virtuoso/composer John Wallace on the Nimbus Music Publishing catalogue.
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