The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded Fellowships to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. They were posted on 11st of April 2013 on “New York Times” newspaper. The successful candidates were chosen from a group of nearly three-thousand applicants. Narong Prangcharoen was one of the recipients of 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition. Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted over $306 million in Fellowships to more than 17,500 individuals.
The award was for his compositions, Illuminations, The Dawn of Darkness and Anatman. The Dawn of Darkness was commissioned by Assoc. Prof. Sugree Charoensook, Dean of College of Music, Mahidol University. The Illuminations was commissioned by Xiaogang Ye and the Beijing Modern Music Festival for the 10th Anniversary concert at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing.
The submission recording of “Illuminations” and “The Dawn of Darkness” were performed by the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) under the patronage of the Royal Thai Government and a part of the College of Music, Mahidol University.
The award ceremony will be held on 8th of May 2013, New York, USA. This award is regarded as a highly prestigious award. Besides the successful candidates have been recognized worldwide, they have also received grants from the Foundation to develop their own works in the future.