Athena is currently an 9th grade student living in Massachusetts. She began her music composition journey with Prof. Cohen when she was 6. In 2020, Athena was the youngest recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. She was also awarded Emerging Composer at Tribeca New Music Young Composers Competition in 2018 & 2019.
Athena writes: “I totally agree with what Plato said, Music gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. Music is my way to express myself and I hope my music will bring hope, comfort and inspiration to people in this troubled world today.”
Besides music, Athena enjoys reading, listening to music and drawing, and is a straight A student at school. Additionally, she earned her 2nd degree Black Belt at American Taekwondo Association when she was 10, and is a Junior Olympic Synchronized Swimmer (Her team ranked 7th at the National Junior Olympics in 2019). Finally, she loves to do community services and has learned a lot from underprivileged people locally and globally.
Athena is included in our series highlighting works by
young, pre-professional composers.