The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO), in collaboration with the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation, has selected innovative composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón as the recipient of the 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize (HGP), awarded this year. in the artistic discipline of music. Negrón will receive a six-week Hermitage Fellowship and a commission of $ 30,000 to create a new musical work, which will have its first public presentation in Sarasota in 2024.
Born in Puerto Rico, Negrón writes original music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics, as well as for chamber ensembles and orchestras. She is a founding member of the tropical electronic group Balún, and her music has been performed at the Kennedy Center and the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennale. Negrón has composed scores for the New York Botanical Gardens (Forest choir, 2019) and for Opera Philadelphia (The island we created, 2020), as well as documentary films Landing (2020) and Memories of a penitent heart (2016). Additional commissions and premieres of his compositions include works for the LA Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the NY Philharmonic Project 19 initiative.