Frost students named winners of ASCAP Foundation’s 2014 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards

February 06, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — Two Frost student composers have been named recipients of the ASCAP Foundation’s 2014 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards; they will be honored during ASCAP’s Jazz Wall of Fame event on June 9th, 2014 at the New York Institute of Technology in New York City. Nicolas Hetko, senior Stamps music scholar, composer, jazz pianist and Music Engineering Technology major, and Rafael Piccolotto de Lima, M.M. ’12, a doctoral candidate in music composition who hails originally from Brazil, were both named winners selected through a juried national competition.

Nicolas Hetko was also an ASCAP young jazz composer winner in 2013 and was a finalist in several prestigious piano competitions including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition (2013) and the Nottingham Jazz Piano Competition (2012). He also received a DownBeat student award as outstanding soloist. He has studied piano at Frost with Dean Shelly Berg, Martin Bejerano and Daniel Strange.

Rafael Piccolotto de Lima earned a 2013 Latin Grammy nomination for his composition "Abertura Jobiniana” in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition category, recorded by the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra. He studies composition at Frost with Gary Lindsay and Lansing McLoskey. A prolific composer and orchestra, his arrangements will be heard on the upcoming national PBS television show Jazz and the Philharmonic, scheduled to air February 28, and released on CD/DVD by Okeh /Sony.

Established by The ASCAP Foundation in 2002 to encourage gifted jazz composers under the age of 30, the program carries the name of the great trumpeter and ASCAP member Herb Alpert in recognition of The Herb Alpert Foundation’s multi-year financial commitment to support this unique program. Frost School of Music is proud to congratulate these two young composers on this prestigious honor.

About The Herb Alpert Foundation
The Herb Alpert Foundation, a non-profit, private foundation established in the early 1980's, makes significant annual contributions to a range of programs in the fields of Arts, Arts Education and Compassion and Well Being. Herb Alpert was born in Los Angeles and grew up in a house filled with music. He began his philanthropy in 1982, and with his wife, singer Lani Hall, oversees the Herb Alpert Foundation's commitment to funding the arts and education programs, as well as programs that promote compassion and well-being.

About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.

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Nicolas Hetko, winner of ASCAP Foundation’s 2014 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards, performs at a 2013 All-Stamps concert