In January 2016, BAC launched the Cage Cunningham Fellowship. The inaugural Cage Cunningham Fellow is a creative visionary who has had a profound influence on the advancement of contemporary composers and the avant-garde: Alexei Lubimov (Paris, France / Moscow, Russia.)
Reflecting BAC's intention for the Fellowship to support the development of new work, Lubimov will apply his entire $50,000 award to commission five composers he has identified as being at the forefront of music innovation. They are Russian composers Anton Batagov, Pavel Karmanov, and Sergei Zagny, and American composers Bryce Dessner and Julia Wolfe.
The Cage Cunningham Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous donors to the Cage Cunningham Fund.
Born in Moscow in 1944, Alexei Lubimov was one of the last pupils of Heinrich Neuhaus at the Moscow Conservatory. A strikingly original musician, Lubimov is renowned for his unusual, dual aptitude and passion for 20th century works as well as Baroque music, particularly played on early instruments. He performs an enormous variety of repertoire on stages around the world. In the 1960’s, Lubimov gave the Soviet premieres of many western compositions, including pieces by Charles Ives, Arnold Schönberg, Anton Webern, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and especially John Cage, whose work he has performed for many years.
In 2012, he performed with other Russian and American composers at a festival in Moscow celebrating Cage’s centennial. Lubimov has given world premieres of works by Soviet/Russian composers such as Edison Denisov, Vladimir Martynov, and Pavel Karmanov. He founded both the avant-garde Alternativa Festival in Moscow, which features works by contemporary composers, and the Moscow Baroque Quartet. Lubimov has performed with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Helsinki, Israel, Los Angeles, and Munich. He has worked with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Neeme Järvi, David Oistrakh, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski, Christopher Hogwood, Sir Roger Norrington, Frans Brüggen, David Robertson, Andrey Boreyko, Ivan Fischer, Kent Nagano, and Yan Pascal Tortelier. In recent seasons he has performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Austrian Tonkünstler Orchester, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Münchner Philharmoniker, SWR Stuttgart, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
Slide photo: Julieta Cervantes / Upcoming page +bio photos: Francois Sechet