Daniel Szabo Wins The ASCAP Foundation & Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize

October 29, 2018

Daniel Szabo

The ASCAP Foundation and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) are pleased to announce the recipient of the 4th annual ASCAP Foundation/SJO Commissioning Prize. ASCAP member Daniel Szabo (from Los Angeles, CA) was selected as the recipient of the $5,000 commissioning prize and will write a new work for the ensemble’s 2019-20 season. This prize was created to honor the memory of the trailblazing musician George Duke, who was the SJO Co-Music Director and an ASCAP board member. The SJO Music Advisory Board was tasked with the job of screening the submissions from across the county, ranging from leading jazz veterans to promising young composers. 

Daniel Szabo is a performer-composer who has recorded and produced eight albums featuring his original music. He’s also worked on a great number of recordings as a collaborator with such artists as Patrick Williams, Bob Sheppard, Jimmy Haslip, Kim Richmond, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke and John Zorn. He has toured worldwide and won multiple awards, including the Grand Prize of the City of Paris at the International Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition as well as the Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Contest in Switzerland.

“I am extremely thrilled and honored to receive this prestigious award and very much looking forward to composing a new work for the SJO,” commented Szabo.

Created in 2002, the 68-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to blending the worlds of jazz and classical music through its commissioning, performing and educational programs. Led by Music Director Mitch Glickman, the ensemble has performed throughout Southern California with leading guest artists including Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Lee Ritenour, The Yellowjackets, and George Duke. The orchestra’s recording on Mack Avenue Records features two of its commissioned works.

The ASCAP Foundation/SJO Commissioning Prize is made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund and the SJO’s Commissioning Club. Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs.

Read more about Daniel Szabo on his faculty page at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music website.