Michael Hersch, a composer known for extraordinarily complex and emotionally rich works, is the recipient of the 2017 President’s Frontier Award from Johns Hopkins University. Hersch will receive $250,000 "for research and innovation."
Hersch is an alumnus of the Peabody Institute of JHU, where he joined the faculty in 2006. He heads the composition department.
"I'm still speechless," Hersch said. "I had absolutely no idea about this. To keep a secret at Peabody is a pretty amazing thing."
The composer said it was too early to articulate specific ways the award money may be utilized.
"It will take time to process what will be...