Roberto Sierra elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Cornell Faculty feature)

Roberto Sierra elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences | Mon Apr 19, 2010

Two hundred and twenty-nine leaders in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, the arts, business and public affairs have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the newly elected is composer Roberto Sierra, the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities, who also serves as Chair of the Department of Music.

For more than a decade the works of Roberto Sierra have been part of the repertoire of many of the leading orchestras, ensembles, and festivals in the U.S. and Europe. At the inaugural concert of the 2002 British Proms in London, his Fandangos was performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a concert that was broadcast by the BBC Radio and Television throughout the UK and Europe. Sierra’s numerous commissions include works for many of the major American and European orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, the Spanish orchestras of Madrid and Barcelona, among others.  His music may be heard on CDs by Naxos, EMI, New World Records, Albany Records, Koch, New Albion, Koss Classics, BMG, and Fleur de Son, among others.

The new Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members announced on April 19, 2010, join one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. A center for independent policy research, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences celebrates the 230th anniversary of its founding this year. Read the academy’s full release here.


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