Berklee Professor Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Marti Epstein, a faculty member at the College and Conservatory, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship last week.

April 13, 2020

Marti Epstein, a composition professor at Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, has been named one of 175 recipients of the 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship. This year's fellowship recipients include a diverse group of writers, scholars, artists, and scientists representing 31 states and Washington, D.C., as well as two Canadian provinces.

Epstein is an acclaimed composer whose music has been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Ensemble Modern, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has completed commissions for the Fromm Foundation, the Munich Biennale, the Iowa Brass Quintet, the CORE Ensemble, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Longy School of Music, the Ludovico Ensemble, Guerilla Opera, and others. Having taught composition and music theory at the College since 1992, she joined the Conservatory faculty in 2008.

“I am honored to be named one of the 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship recipients,” said Epstein. “As a composer and artist, it is wonderful to be acknowledged alongside some of my artistic peers and the greatest scholars and scientists in North America. This has been a career highlight for me, and I look forward to exploring new creative pursuits during my fellowship.”

For 95 years, the Guggenheim Fellowship program has been a significant source of support for artists and scholars in the humanities and social sciences and for scientific researchers. Since its establishment in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted over $375 million in fellowships to more than 18,000 individuals, including Nobel laureates, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medalists, poets laureate, members of the national academies, and more.

Listen to an interview with Marti Epstein on a recent episode of Sounds of Berklee: