Julia Adolphe, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Composition program, is one of 12 young artists to receive the 2016 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, which allows each of the organizations on the New York City cultural campus to celebrate a rising star in the performing arts. Selected for distinction by the New York Philharmonic, she will receive the award at a dinner at Lincoln Center on March 2.
Adolphe’s award comes on the heels of a flurry of success. In 2014, her composition, “Dark Sand, Sifting Light” was performed by the New York Philharmonic as part of a competition among over 400 composer applicants. Last fall, she was commissioned to compose a viola concerto for the orchestra, which will feature principal violist and Thornton alumnus Cynthia Phelps (’78). Adolphe is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been hailed by The New Yorker as “alive with invention.”