Guest composer, Dr. Chinary Ung, performed in the New Music Miami Festival at the Wertheim Performing Center in collaboration with the FIU Symphony Orchestra, FIU’s Ensemble-In-Residence, The Amernet String Quartet, and the FIU NODUS Ensemble on Feb. 1st. Music by Ung, Garcia, Sudol, Jen, and Colangelo was performed. Earlier in the day, he spoke at a forum where he addressed eager students and faculty.
Dr. Ung was the first American composer to win the highly coveted and international Grawemeyer Award (1989), sometimes called the Nobel Prize for music composition. Among other honors, Ung has received awards from The Kennedy Center (Friedheim award), The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Asia Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts.
Chinary Ung has received many commissions including those from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Meet the Composer, Koussevitzky Foundation, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and La Jolla Summerfest and Santa Fe Summer Music Festivals. Ung’s music is published by C. F. Peters Corporation and is a member of Broadcast Music Incorporated. His music is recorded on New World Records, Bridge Records, Cambria, London Records, Other Minds, Oodiscs, Nami Records, Kojima Records, Albany Records, Norton Recordings, Composers Recording Incorporated, Folkways Records, and Koch International.