Fairbanks composer John Luther Adams has been awarded the 2010 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Along with a $100,000.00 award, Adams will give master classes at Northwestern, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform and record the work during the 2010-2011 season.
John is the fourth recipient of this fairly recent prize. The previous recipients of this biennial honor were the other John Adams (I call John Luther Adams the real John Adams) in 2004, Oliver Knussen (2006) and Kaija Saariaho (2008).
Mike Dunham from the Anchorage Daily News, has more. The best article on John's recent work by a major American music essayist and chronicler, was written by the New Yorker's music critic, Alex Ross, back in May, 2008, titled Song of the Earth.