Salvatore Martirano Award
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Martirano Memorial Composition Award is an international composers' competition
held annually in memory of Mr. Martirano who was a faculty member at the
University of Illinois from 1963 to 1995. The first
place prize consists of
$1000.00 and a performance of the winning composition by
the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble
at the Krannert Center for the
Performing Arts. Zack Browning who is an AssociateProfessor of Music at the
University of Illinois directs the competition.
Martirano, internationally acclaimed American composer and Professor Emeritus at
the University of Illinois was born on January 12th, 1927, in Yonkers, NY, a son
of Alexander and Mary Mazzullo Martirano. He died at the age of 68 on Friday,
November 17th, 1995.
studied composition with Herbert Elwell at Oberlin College (1947-51), Bernard
Rodgers at The Eastman School of Music (1952), and with Luigi Dallapiccola at
the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence, Italy (1952-4). From 1956 to 1959 he was
in Rome as a Fellow of the American Academy, and in 1960 he received a
Guggenheim Fellowship and an award from the American Academy of Arts and
Letters. At this time he had works commissioned by the Koussevitzky and Fromm
Foundations. He was professor of composition at the University of Illinois from
1963 till his retirement in 1995. During the Illinois years he also accepted
residencies at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney in 1979, IRCAM in
Paris in 1982, and The California Institute of the Arts in 1993.
His compositions have
been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles
Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra, and by
radio orchestras and choral ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and
Asia. His chamber and solo works have been performed world-wide.
spent much of the 1970's developing the Sal Mar Construction, an electronic
composing/performing system that Science Digest called "the world's first
composing machine." He toured the world with his creation and with its
successor, the yahaSalmaMac.