Ben Goldberg of Brooklyn, NY, won first place in the Susanville Symphony’s Composition Competition in the American Composers Category. He recently conducted his piece Deception and has been commissioned for works by the Central Ohio Symphony and Reno Philharmonic Youth Strings Symphonia. Visit www.bengoldbergmusic.com.
Violinist Ernesto Briceño of Barcelona, Spain, is the leader of Cordes del Món, a 20-piece chamber orchestra that has been touring worldwide. He is also a teacher at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu.
Joshua Craig Podolsky of Scottsdale, AZ, released the book Shredding Acoustic Guitar: Heavy Metal Meets the Acoustic Guitar through Alfred Music Publishing. He also fronts the band the Alien Blakk. Visit www.thealienblakk.com.