German Composer Wins 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition

November 29, 2009

York Hoeller, a German composer, will receive the 2010 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, the university has announced.

Mr. Hoeller is a professor of music composition at the Cologne University of Music. He is being honored for "Spheres," a six-movement work for orchestra that was inspired by literature, music of the past, and the elements of air, water, earth and fire, according to Marc T. Satterwhite, a professor of music at Louisville who directs the award.

The Grawemeyer awards were created in 1984 by H. Charles Grawemeyer, a University of Louisville alumnus, and are given by the Grawemeyer Foundation in five categories to honor creative works and ideas in the arts, humanities, and sciences. In addition to music composition, the categories are education, political science, psychology, and religion. Winners of those awards will be announced later this week. Each prize carries a cash award of $200,000.

More information about the Grawemeyer Awards can be found on the foundation's Web site.—Charles Huckabee