David Rose Publishing would like to congratulate this year's ASCAP Foundation David Rose Centennial Award recipients: Agatha Kasprzyk (East Coast) and Chad Rehmann (West Coast).
Agatha Kasprzyk (b. 1987) developed her skills studying in several piano conservatories until deciding that composing music was her true ambition. In 2005, she commenced her undergraduate studies in composition, during which time she composed and recorded pieces ranging in several ensembles and genres including solo, chamber, choral, film and orchestral. She studied under composers Peter Hatch, Linda Catlin Smith, and Glenn Buhr.
Agatha recently received her Masters in Film Scoring and Composition at New York University where she studied privately with film composer Mark Suozzo (The Notorious Bettie Page, The Nanny Diaries, American Splendor). She was awarded the Billy Joel Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. In 2011, she took part in the ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Workshop (instructed by Alex Steyermark, music supervisor for The Ice Storm, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Ride with the Devil) which ultimately lead to recording an original score for A Viagem (dir. Simão Cayatte) at Avatar Studios, NYC. A Viagem was selected to premiere in the Cinéfondation category at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Following this, Agatha also participated in the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop which was critiqued by luminary film and TV composers Ira Newborn (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Naked Gun Trilogy, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective), Mark Snow (The X-Files, Smallville), and Sean Callery (24, Bones, Medium.)
Recently, her music (both concert and film) have been performed and presented at New York City’s School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre, (le) Poisson Rouge, Merkin Hall, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Symphony Space. Her arrangements of classical and popular music (ranging from duet to full orchestra) have been performed in the United States and Spain.
Agatha is pursuing a career in scoring for TV and film and is currently working on several projects including shorts, documentaries, and commercials.
With credits including ABC Family, Lifetime, HBO Sports, and Starz, Chad Rehmann has already accomplished more during his eight years as a film and television composer than many have during their entire career. Several feature film, television and trailer credits have solidified Rehmann’s spot as an up and coming composer whose work continues to be in demand. His most notable credits include the award winning independent film Everyman’s War, ABC Family’s The Dog Who Saved Christmas
Vacation, and Lifetime Network’s Next Stop Murder.
Born and raised in St. Johns, Michigan, Rehmann’s talent was first recognized on the national level when, at the age of 18, he was one of two composers chosen to receive the National Foundation for Advancement in the Art Award. Following the acceptance of that award, Rehmann pursued a degree in Composition and Music Theory at Michigan State University. Only months away from obtaining his degree, Rehmann was selected from a national pool of applicants to participate in the NYU/ASCAP Buddy Baker Film Scoring Workshop in New York. While attending that workshop, he received word that he had also been chosen as one of twenty finalists for the Young Film Composer Competition, sponsored by Turner Classic Movies.
After attaining this level of recognition, Rehmann made the decision to move to Los Angeles after graduation and begin work as a film and television composer. He was hired for his first film in less than two months, and it hasn’t slowed down since. Equally as comfortable with both “old-fashioned” pencil and paper as with large MIDI sequences, Rehmann’s versatility in the studio has proved to be a valuable asset when deadlines loom.
Rehmann currently resides in Los Angeles with his high school sweetheart, whom he married in 2003, and their two young children.