Navid Bargrizan, a Ph.D. in musicology student, was the recipient of the DAAD German Studies Research Scholarship to carry out his research project in Germany entitled: "Manfred Stahnke: A Study of the German Composer’s Aesthetic and Compositions," from June through August 2015. He was also chosen for the University of Florida College of the Arts’s 2015 Best of College Student Creative Research Award in recognition of outstanding creative research in scholarly writing for his composition work “10 Aphorisms” for Saxophone Duo in April. He was the recipient of a government of Salzburg’s travel grant to attend and present at the International Symposium “Microtones: Small is Beautiful,” an event of the International Ekmelik Music Society in co-operation with the Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria, in July.
Bargrizan presented “Technology and Mediation in Manfred Stahnke’s Orpheus Kristall” at the MUSICULT ‘15 Music and Cultural Studies Conference in Istanbul Technical University in Turkey in May. In June he presented "Corporeality as the Foundation of Harry Partch’s Creative Oeuvre" at the Canadian University Music Society Annual Conference 2015 at the University of Ottawa in Canada. Lastly, in July he presented “Manfred Stahnke’s Innovative Meloharmonic Structures in Orpheus Kristall” at Microtones: Small is Beautiful Symposium, International Ekmelik Music Society in co-operation with the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria.
Bargrizan was published in Proceedings of the MUSICULT ‘15 Music and Cultural Studies Conference, Istanbul Technical University and Turkish State Music Conservatory, Turkey, in May. His article was entitled “Technology, Microtones, and Mediation in Manfred Stahnke’s Orpheus Kristall." His article will also be published in Müzik-Bilim Dergisi, The Journal of Musicology, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Musicology Department, Turkey. He will be featured in the forthcoming spring 2015 issue.