Dr. Sam Salem’s Distractfold Ensemble wins International Award
The Darmstadt summer courses have been going since 1946 but this year, for the first time, the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis, Darmstadt’s most prestigious award for performers, went to a British ensemble, the Manchester-based Distractfold Ensemble, led by Dr. Sam Salem.
In the words of composer Christopher Fox: “It’s a huge achievement. Distractfold were up against tough competition, including many fine soloists, the wonderful Mivos Quartet from New York, and the French group soundinitiative. British composers have won the composition prize on a number of occasions, James Clarke being the most recent in 1992, and British solo performers have won the Kranichsteiner, starting with the pianist Peter Hill in the 1970s, but it’s never been awarded to a UK-based ensemble before.”