The Roth Endowment offers supplementary project funds to a grantee of the American Scandinavian Foundation planning to work in Denmark. This prize was instituted in honor of Lois Roth’s friend, Sonja Bundgard-Nielsen, long director of the Danish American Foundation.
The 2020 award went to James Budinich. James will be working with the Royal Danish Academy of Music to conduct research on the Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and the Danish New Simplicity movement during the 1960s. He is also developing a composition for vocalist and chamber ensemble based on the work “Third-Millennium Heart” by Danish poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen. James hopes his research on the New Simplicity movement will build a bridge to new audiences through accessible compositions in which every listener, regardless of musical experience, can discover their own understanding and appreciation.
For a complete list of project support recipients for work in Denmark, please consult Danish Project Alumni.