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GRAWEMEYER AWARD 2014

Zivkovic wins 2014 $100,000 Grawemeyer music Award

PR Newswire

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 1, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "On the Guarding of the Heart," a piece for chamber orchestra by Serbian-born composer Djuro Zivkovic (joo-ROH' zhiv-KOH'-veetz), has won the 2014 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The 20-minute work "makes a huge emotional journey in a relatively short period of time, moving through many landscapes between the mysterious, moody opening and the ecstatic conclusion," said award director Marc Satterwhite. "The composer also makes wonderful use of the colors of the 14-piece ensemble. The instruments are used in fascinating ways, both traditional and otherwise … that shape the sound of unnatural, echoing beauty," he said.

Born in Belgrade in 1975, Zivkovic has lived in Stockholm, Sweden, since 2000. He is active as a violinist and violist—with a special interest in improvisation—and teaches at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Former WASBE member James Smart from Montana points out that Djuro Zivkovic (website http://www.zivkovic.eu) wrote a Fantasia (2001) for violin and wind symphony orchestra. Duratation: 12′ Premiered by Stockholm Wind Symphony Orchestra under B. Tomy Andersson with the composer Djuro Zivkovic soloist violin. Can any member share a recording?