Competition: US & Canada
Called “gloriously luminous” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Keith Fitch’s music has been consistently noted for its eloquence, expressivity, dramatic sense of musical narrative, and unique sense of color and sonority.
The Wall Street Journal has praised “the sheer concentration of his writing, and its power to express a complex, unseen presence shaping the course of musical events.” The American Academy of Arts and Letters has said, “[his] music reveals an individual landscape that concentrates on unusual textures and sounds – all within a strong narrative that drives towards a rich and powerful conclusion.” His works have been performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, among others, and has been heard at the Mostly Modern Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New York’s Carnegie and Merkin Halls, and other settings nationwide. He has received awards from ASCAP, National Endowment for the Arts, Fromm Foundation, Copland House, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. He holds degrees from Indiana University and currently holds the Vincent K. and Edith H. Smith Chair in Composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music.