2023 EBCP Fellows
Michael Morgan Prize
Jens Ibsen, composer/tenor, is a multidisciplinary artist whose vocal talents have led him to performances from Dubai to Shanghai, with stops along the way on German television, at Carnegie Hall, and the UN. Ibsen was a principal soloist and the first African-born member of the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir. He has been commissioned by festivals like the São Paolo Contemporary Composers Festival and the Impulse New Music Festival. Recent commissions have included A Portrait in Greys for the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir and Pretty Girl, a vocal duet written for The Kennedy Center’s Cartography Project, a program which seeks to map Black dignity as a cultural response to extrajudicial violence. Ibsen is the 2022 winner of the San Francisco Conservatory's Emerging Black Composers Project, which will culminate in a commission for the San Francisco Symphony for the 2023 season. Ibsen performs in New York and San Francisco as a freelance vocalist singing everything from early music to world premieres with ensembles such as The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and OS Ensemble. Ibsen received his M.M. in Music Composition at the Mannes School of Music under Missy Mazzoli while studying voice under Stephen Powell.