The works of Mark Dal Porto (b. 1955) have been performed by such ensembles as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kiev Chamber Choir, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Kühn Choir of Prague, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra, Pemigewasset Choral Society (Plymouth, NH), Ukraine Wind Symphony, Vanguard Voices and Brass (Dearborn, Michigan), Wichita Falls (Texas) Chamber Orchestra, many University Wind Ensembles, and others. His recorded works available on CD include Galactica for Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Song of Eternity for Orchestra, Song of the Night for Oboe, Voice and Piano, Spring, the Sweet Spring for Mixed Choir and Piano, and When Your Song Rang Out to Me for Mixed Choir and Piano.
Dal Porto serves on the faculty at Eastern New Mexico University and can be seen as a frequent guest composer and conductor. A former student of Donald Grantham, Dal Porto received degrees from California State University, Sacramento (B.A. Piano Performance, M.A. Theory/Composition), and the University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. Composition). His past teaching positions have included serving on the faculty at Texas State University, Northern State University, and Texas Woman’s University.
A native of New York City, pianist Robert DeGaetano enjoys a widely esteemed career as both a virtuoso interpreter of the great keyboard repertoire and a composer of striking originality and communicative intensity.
Robert DeGaetano is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Adele Marcus and Rosina Lhevinne. He was the first musician ever to be awarded a Rotary International Scholarship, enabling him to live in Paris and continue his studies with Alexis Weissenberg. Upon the recommendation of world-renown musicians David Oistrakh and Sviatoslav Richter, Mr. DeGaetano embarked on an active concert career under the auspices of the legendary Sol Hurok.
Robert DeGaetano made his New York recital debut at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Alice Tully Hall and his orchestra debut with the San Antonio Symphony. Since then, his touring schedule has taken him to all fifty states as well as the major music capitals of Europe. In addition to recitals, Mr. DeGaetano has been a frequent guest soloist with orchestras across the United States, including those of Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, San Diego and the Boston Pops.
Mr. DeGaetano made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in February,1999. Also in 1999, as guest soloist with the famed Goldman Memorial Band in a special Memorial Day concert at Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood Cemetery, he played Louis Moreau Gottschalk's L'Union and The Banjo near the gravesite of the composer.
In 1986, Robert DeGaetano emerged as a composer and performed the New York City and domestic and international tour premieres of his own first Piano Sonata. As a result of the overwhelming critical praise for this work, he was commissioned by Michigan's Jackson Symphony Orchestra to compose his first Piano Concerto, which he premiered in March of 1989 to equally enthusiastic response.
The Challenger, Robert DeGaetano's suite for solo piano written in tribute to the seven astronauts killed in the 1986 space shuttle tragedy, was commissioned by Miss Alice Tully. The world premiere occurred in the presence of the astronauts' families in November, 1987 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, with the composer at the piano. This performance of Mr. DeGaetano's moving musical portraits was filmed live for television and featured on a special segment of "CBS Sunday Morning" with Charles Kurault. Subsequently broadcast over WQXR in New York City and radio stations nationwide, The Challenger was played on concert tours across three continents.
Robert DeGaetano is currently represented on CD by nine acclaimed albums - devoted to the music of Chopin, Beethoven, DeGaetano, Gottschalk, Liszt, Rachmaninov, and 20th century composers - all on the Crystonyx label. His last CD is the premiere recording of his First Piano Concerto and the Chopin E Minor with the Moravian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra presented on the Navona Label and distributed by Naxos.
Generally recognized as the father of the Neo-Romantic movement in music, David Del Tredici has received numerous awards (including the Pulitzer Prize) and has been commissioned and performed by nearly every major American and European orchestral ensemble. "Del Tredici," said Aaron Copland, "is that rare find among composers — a creator with a truly original gift. I venture to say that his music is certain to make a lasting impression on the American musical scene. I know of no other composer of his generation who composes music of greater freshness and daring, or with more personality."
Much of his early work consisted of elaborate vocal settings of James Joyce (I Hear an Army; Night Conjure-Verse; Syzygy) and Lewis Carroll (Pop-Pourri, An Alice Symphony, Vintage Alice and Adventures Underground, to name just a few). More recently, Del Tredici has set to music a cavalcade of contemporary American poets, often celebrating a gay sensibility (three examples: Gay Life, Love Addiction and Wondrous the Merge). OUT Magazine, in fact, has twice named the composer one of its people of the year.
Over the past several years he has ventured into the more intimate realm of chamber music with String Quartet No. 1, Grand Trio (brought to life by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and recently printed by Boosey & Hawkes), and — harkening to his musical beginnings as a piano prodigy — a large number of solo-piano works (Gotham Glory, Three Gymnopedies, Ballad in Yellow, S/M Ballade, and Aeolian Ballade).
Still, the extravagant Del Tredici remains at large and busy. In May 2005 Robert Spano conducted the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus in the premiere and subsequent recording of Paul Revere's Ride, recently nominated for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards as the Best New Classical Composition of 2006. November 2005 held the world premiere of the melodrama Rip Van Winkle with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin and narrated by world famous Broadway actor, Brian Stokes Mitchell.
In recent years several Del Tredici CDs have abounded: on Deutsche Grammophon, an all-Del Tredici CD (released in its highly-regarded "20/21" series) featuring conductor Oliver Knussen, soprano Lucy Shelton and the Netherlands' ASKO Ensemble; on the Music and Arts label, a pair of recent Del Tredici song cycles featuring soprano Hila Plitmann with the composer at the piano; on Dorian, In Wartime, a spectacular new work for concert band; and on Koch, a selection of piano compositions played by Anthony de Mare. Among past recordings were two best-sellers — Final Alice and In Memory of a Summer Day (Part I of Child Alice); the latter work won Del Tredici the Pulitzer Prize in 1980.
March 2007 marked David Del Tredici's 70th birthday, with concerts given throughout the year, including the premiere of Magyar Madness, a chamber piece for clarinet and string quartet, commissioned by Music Accord for clarinetist David Krakauer and the Orion String Quartet. Another premiere was S/M Ballade for solo piano which was commissioned and performed by Marc Peloquin.
Recent publications include a collection entitled Songs for Baritone and Piano as well as the score and parts for the piano trio entitled Grand Trio. A second printed volume of solo piano pieces is in progress which will include Gotham Glory and Three Gymnopedies.
Distinguished Professor of Music at The City College of New York, Del Tredici makes his home in Greenwich Village.
Ferdinando De Sena is a Miami composer, born in Brooklyn NY. He currently teaches composition and electronic music at the New World School of the Arts in Miami Florida; From 1992-2009 he served on the faculty of the University of Miami School of Music and in 2003 was appointed Director of the Electronic Music program. His music has been performed throughout the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Argentina, Italy, Ireland, and Scotland.
L Peter Deutsch is a native of Massachusetts, U.S.A., now living in Sonoma County, California. His early music education included performance and composition for voice, piano, and recorder. After a long detour through a Ph.D. and a distinguished career in Computer Science, he returned to composition part-time in 1986 and full-time in 2003, including a M.A. degree under Frank La Rocca at CSU Hayward.
Deutsch's strengths as a composer include sparkling counterpoint and polyphony, lyrical melodies, fluent text setting, and the use of a large harmonic palette centered around modal scales. His works span styles from devotional to romantic to jazzy. He writes primarily for small instrumental or a capella vocal ensembles. His works are distributed commercially by J.W. Pepper at http://www.jwpepper.com/myscore/lpd ; some are also available, for non-commercial performance and study, at http://www.major2nd.com/ae/music . His work to date includes three choral commissions ("Brethren and Lovers," San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, 2008, "The Dimensions of Love," Bay Choral Guild, 2011, and "Where Everything is Music," Arizona Women in Tune, 2012) and a full-length string quartet ("Departure," 2010). An experienced singer, Deutsch has performed with the California Bach Society, the Bay Choral Guild, Menharmonics, the Sonoma Bach Choir, and Circa 1600.
David DeVasto is a composer and pianist, having presented work in the United States and Europe, including; The IAEF International Summer Arts Institute, The Society of Composers, The Council for Undergraduate Research, The Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, Electronic Music Midwest, The Iowa Composers Forum, Nevada Encounters of New Music, The Electro-Acoustic Juke Joint, and The Midwest Composers Symposium. In addition to his featured work on Navona Records, DeVasto appears on several recordings as a pianist, including; Tim O'Dell's Dreams of Pangea, Tom Ott's Living Language, and his independent release, Reflection. DeVasto teaches music theory, composition, orchestration, and piano at Elmhurst College. Prior to Elmhurst, he served on the music faculties at McKendree University and Lindenwood University. He completed his Ph.D. in Music at The University of Iowa in 2009, having studied with David Gompper. devasto.net
Dr. David Dickau is a choral conductor and composer residing in Mankato, Minnesota where he is Director of Choral Activities at Minnesota State University, Mankato. As a part of his duties, Dr. Dickau conducts the Concert Choir and teaches conducting and composition. Dr. Dickau holds advanced degrees in Choral Music from Northwestern University (Evanston IL) and the University of Southern California (Los Angeles CA) where he studied with Morten Lauridsen and Rodney Eichenberger. He has taught choral music on both the high school and college levels and has conducted community and church choirs. He also served as music director of Magnum Chorum, a Twin Cities-based St. Olaf alumni choir for thirteen years.
Dr. Dickau has filled over fifty commissions for choral festivals, churches, and schools. Commissions have included Dresden Canticles, composed in honor of the rebuilding of the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany, View from the Air commissioned by the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation in honor of the seventieth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s historic trans-Atlantic flight.
Violinist Glenn Dicterow has established himself worldwide as one of the most prominent American concert artists of his generation.
His extraordinary musical gifts became apparent at the age of 11 when he made his solo debut in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic where his father, Harold Dicterow served as principal of the second violin section for 52 years.
In the following years Mr. Dicterow became one of the most sought after young artists appearing as soloist from coast to coast. He went on to win numerous awards and competitions including the Young Musicians Foundation Award and Coleman Award (Los Angeles), the Julia Klumpke Award (San Francisco) and the Bronze Medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition (1970). He is a graduate of Juilliard, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian. Other teachers have included Joachim Chassman, Naoum Blinder, Manuel Compinsky, Erno Neufeld, Gerald Vinci, Jascha Heifetz and Henryk Szeryng.
In 1967 he appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Andre Kostelanetz in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. He was then 18 years old.
In 1980 he joined the New York Philharmonic as Concertmaster and has since performed as its soloist every year.
Prior to joining the New York Philharmonic, Dicterow served as Associate Concertmaster and Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
During a New York Philharmonic tour of major American cities in 1986 he was featured in Bernstein's Serenade with the Berstein himself conducting, and in 1990 played Carmen Fantasy under Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic in a "Live From Lincoln Center" concert telecast. He was also a soloist in the orchestra's 1982 concert at the White House.
Mr. Dicterow has also been a guest artist with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Birmingham, Chautauqua, Grant Park, Indianapolis, Hong Kong, Kansas City, London Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City, Montreal, Omaha, National Symphony in Washington, DC, and San Diego Symphony to name a few. He has also soloed with the Gawandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig under the direction of Kurt Masur. Glenn Dicterow performed the Barber Violin Concerto on the New York Philharmonic's 1998 tour of Asia which included a concert at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Most recently Mr. Dicterow has played the concertos of Miklos Rozsa, Karol Szymonowski and Aaron Kernis's Lament and Prayer with the New York Philharmonic. This season (2007/08) includes solo engagements with the orchestras of Springfield, Sioux City, Bartlesville, Wheeling and Oklahoma. He will also be playing the Korngold and Barber Concertos with the New York Philharmonic in New York and on the Philharmonic tour of China for the 2007-8 season.
Mr. Dicterow's discography includes Copland's Violin Sonata, Largo, and PianoTrio; Ives's Sonatas nos.2 and 4 and Piano Trio; and Korngold's Piano Trio and Violin Sonata, all for EMI.
He is also featured in the violin solos in Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and Also Sprach Zarathustra with Zubin Mehta and CBS. Other compositions committed to disc are works of Wieniawski with Mr. Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Lee Holdridge's Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and the composer conducting; Shostakovitch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Maxim Shostakovitch on a Radiothon recording; and the Philharmonic's two recordings of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade with Yuri Temirkanov on the BMG label and with Kurt Masur on the Teldec label.
Dicterow's most recent CD is a solo recital for Cala Records entitled New York Legends featuring Corigliano's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Korngold's Much ado About Nothing, the premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein's Sonata and Martinu's Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola, in collaboration with Karen Dreyfus, viola and Gerald Robbins, piano.
Mr. Dicterow can also be heard in the violin solos of the film scores for The Turning Point , The Untouchables, Altered States, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Interview With A Vampire among others.
Mr. Dicterow also enjoys an active teaching career. He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School. Both Dicterow and his wife, Karen Dreyfus are founding members of The Lyric Piano Quartet, which is in residence at Queens College CUNY. More recently Mr. Dicterow was named Chairman of the Orchestral Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music in New York.
Paula Jespersen Diehl came to New Jersey from China as an infant with her Danish parents and older brother. From her time of awareness, she heard music in the home. She and each of her three brothers studied a musical instrument; her mother listened to opera and played Danish songs on the piano for the children to sing, and her father and an uncle sang Danish songs. Diehl soon hated piano lessons with a passion and begged her mother incessantly to let her stop, which she finally did. An about-face occurred twenty years later. It started with purchase of an old piano, the playing on it of simple Stephen Foster songs, other simple American songs, and simple Bach works, and ended with a decision to return to college to study music.
During semesters at American University in Washington, DC, while she was taking courses needed to enter a master's program, Diehl and two young male students fervently discussed the need to have a new composition system. Many months later, in 1978, Diehl came up with one. She named it "Separation."
Separation was barely acknowledged by the Temple University Music professors with whom Diehl studied for her master's. In spite of this, between homework and travel into the city of Philadelphia, she started writing pieces of music according to the strict regulations the system imposed. Before graduating in 1982 with an M.M., she formed the group SOUNDS to play pre-structured improvisations according to the Separation system.
A typical piece of separation music is divided into sections, each one of which has three different working intervals throughout, all of them perfect Fourths. The degree of interlock among the three Fourths decreases in each section, and the method of selecting them results in two possible sets; these differ from each other, but are of equal significance. The fifth section is one of discrete, closed Fourths.
Separation music calls for varied "orderings" of the working Fourths in all the phases of interlock; an open or closed state is designated for the first and last pitches of each Fourth. The resulting status, in conjunction with interlock, drives the music to an ending. Changed orderings are chosen for each new degree of interlock. All must be closed at the end of each section.
The goal of music written according to Separation principles is independence—that is, separation from all other intervals.
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The music of Christopher Dietz (b. 1977) has been recognized by honors and awards from Copland House, Canada's Banff Centre and National Arts Centre, the Camargo Foundation, ASCAP's Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Minnesota Orchestra Reading Sessions and Composer Institute, the League of Composers/ISCM Orchestral Competition, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, the Riverside Symphony Composer Reading Project (NYC), North/South Consonance (NYC), the Chicago Ensemble's Discover America competition, the Utah Arts Festival's Orchestral Commission Prize, the NewMusic@ECU festival, as well as numerous academic scholarships and fellowships.
Dietz holds a Ph.D. in Composition and Theory from the University of Michigan along with degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Wisconsin. He has been on the faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory and is currently an assistant professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he teaches composition and directs the new music ensemble. www.christopher-dietz.com
Missouri native Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927) was born into a musical family and had begun her early compositions at the age of 5. Throughout her elementary and high school years her performance studies continued and her interest in composition intensified, and she attended the Eastman School of Music and the Yale School of Music, receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition from the latter and her Ph.D. from the former. Diemer’s education exposed her to some of classical’s great minds, placing her under the tutelageof Hindemith, Gant, Sessions, and many more.
In addition to her activity as a composer and performer, Diemer was a longtime educator across the United States. During her tenure at UCSB, she was instrumental in the founding of the electronic/computer music program, as well as the doctoral degrees in composition.
A proponent of Gebrauchsmusik and the provision of original works to non-professional performers, Diemer believes that composers should have the freedom to write imaginative and compelling music in a variety of genres not only for advanced musicians, but also for those in earlier stages of development.
Quinn Dizon was born in Santa Rosa CA in August of 1989. When he was nine, Dizon began taking private lessons on the clarinet. Soon, he began playing in his school music program and various youth orchestras in the area. At fifteen, he became interested in composing, and sought out private instruction.
From 2007-2011, Dizon attended The College of Wooster in Ohio, where he studied composition, counterpoint and orchestration with Jack Gallagher. As he finished his Bachelors of Music at Wooster, Dizon enrolled in the European American Music Alliance Summer Festival in Paris, France. In Paris he further studied composition, counterpoint, and harmony with instructors from The Julliard School, The Paris Conservatory, and other institutions. While in Paris, Dizon received his first international premiere of his work, Awakening, for piano quartet, which was later awarded the grand prize in the inaugural PARMA Student Composer Competition.
Dizon is currently attending the University of Louisville as a Moritz von Bomhard Fellow in composition. At Louisville, he is working towards masters degrees in composition under Steve Rouse, and conducting under Kimcherie Lloyd.
John Downey studied musical composition with Lewis Spratlan and electroacoustics with Eric Sawyer at Amherst College. During medical school at Stanford, John continued his involvement in music as a collaborator with Jenny Kallick and Lewis Spratlan on ARCHITECT. John's most recent work for orchestra, The Tides at Golden Gate, had its world premiere at Stanford University and its east coast premiere in 2010 at Amherst College. Dr. Downey is currently a resident radiologist at Stanford University hospital.
Portuguese violist Anibal Dos Santos was born in born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1963. He began his musical studies at an early age in his native city with Gianfranco Farina and Mario Mescoli. At age 18, he traveled to Philadelphia PA to study with renowned violist Joseph de Pasquale, obtaining his degree in 1988 at the Curtis Institute of Music. Since then, he has dedicated his career to perform viola repertoire with many orchestras in the Americas, as well as recitals and chamber music appearances.
In May of 2007, Dos Santos performed in the American premiere of the Viola Tango,Rock Concerto by Benjamin Yusupov with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Ricardo Jaramillo, and dancer Gina Medina. This concert became one of the most important musical events in the region. For the preparation of this work, he took lessons in tango and rock improvisation for over a year before the first performance.
Dos Santos plays on the legendary Sergio Peresson viola that was made for Joseph de Pasquale in 1967.
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Karen Dreyfus has distinguished herself as a recipient of many prizes both in this country and abroad including the Naumburg Viola Competition (1982), the Lionel Tertis Competition (1980), the Washington International Competition (1979), and the Hudson Valley Competition (1978). Ms. Dreyfus has concertized extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America. Some of her musical collaborations have been with Musicians From Marlboro, Philomusica, Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center, the New York Philharmonic and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Karen Dreyfus has performed in recital with Yehudi Menuhin at Carnegie Hall and has also collaborated with such artists as Rudolf Serkin, Alexander Schneider, Leon Fleisher, Chick Corea, and her husband, Glenn Dicterow.
Born into a family of musicians, she began studying the violin with her father, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and later decided to pursue a career on the viola under the tutelage of Leonard Mogill. A 1979 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle Ms. Dreyfus moved to New York where she performs solo concerts, chamber music recitals and teaches viola, chamber music and orchestral studies. In 2001 Karen Dreyfus joined the faculty of the Juilliard School where she teaches Orchestral Viola Repertory Classes. Ms. Dreyfus also serves on the viola faculty of the Manhattan School of Music where she teaches viola, chamber music as well as on the Graduate Orchestra Performance Program. Ms. Dreyfus has taught on the faculties of Third Street Music School Settlement, SUNY Purchase and Queens College.
Karen Dreyfus has received a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalists Award and has performed extensively throughout the United States. She has also recorded many CDs. Her premiere recording with Bridge Records entitled "Romanze" has been received with much critical acclaim. American Record Guide cites Ms. Dreyfus as "a terrific player with impeccable technique and intonation, beautiful tone, and real musicianship. Her playing is highly expressive and responsive to the many moods elicited by this varied program."
In 1995 Karen Dreyfus was invited to Poland to record the William Walton Viola Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic. She also recorded works for viola and orchestra by eight American composers with the Silesian Philharmonic. In 1997 Ms. Dreyfus recorded and premiered three more solo works with the Czech Radio Symphony of Prague. These CDs have been released on the MMC label.
Ms. Dreyfus has released two solo recordings for MMC Recordings. The first is the Willian Walton Viola Concerto coupled with William Thomas McKinley's Viola Concerto No. 3. Karen Dreyfus has completed Viola Concertos Volume II for MMC which includes works by four American composers works for viola and orchestra with the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerzy Swoboda, conductor.
In the fall of 2002 Karen Dreyfus and Glenn Dicterow released the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante along with the McKinley "Concert Variations" which was written expressly for them. It is on the MMC label with conductor Carl St. Clair and the Warsaw National Philharmonic.
Karen Dreyfus is a co-founding member of the Lyric Piano Quartet, which is Quartet-in-Residence at Queens College.
Recently Dreyfus along with the ensemble Lyric Piano Quartet, has released a recording of piano quartet works of Strauss and Turina for Black Box Records. It has been given the honor of being nominated "Editor's Choice" by Gramophone Magazine. BBC Magazine said that the Lyric Piano Quartet "marries the old-fashion virtues of portamento and warm vibrato to a quicksilver intelligence."
duo526 was founded in 2011 by violinist Kerry DuWors and pianist Futaba Niekawa at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester NY) where they honed their passion for the art of duo playing under the mentorship of Dr. Jean Barr and Charles Castleman. As artists-in-residence at the Banff Centre in 2011 and 2012, duo526 worked with Henk Guittart, Roger Tapping, the Lafayette String Quartet, and Mark Steinberg on an intensive musical quest towards this recording of the Janacek, Enesco and Grieg sonatas.
duo526 is dedicated to creative thought and the art of listening through the study and performance of a vast repertoire from standard classical works to those by contemporary composers across an array of styles. Their joy of collaboration results from the risk-taking, inspiration and spontaneous reactions met along the merging of two people's passions into one vision. Our debut recording exemplifies this spirit through three pillars in the repertoire that are rarely performed together. www.duo526.com
Matthew Durrant's music has been performed throughout the United States at festivals,
conferences, and recitals. His style is very melodic and can be thought of as neo-tonal.
While his music is generally triadic in nature, its richness is expanded by borrowing from
beyond the diatonic realm and employing tonality in unconventional ways.
Having lived his entire life in the Western United States, the majestic landscapes and history of the region (especially Utah and Idaho) often serve as inspiration for Durrant's music. Recently he has collaborated with Icelandic photographer Svavar Jonatansson, providing the music for a unique film project depicting the stunning red rock landscapes of Southern Utah. In addition to this he has also worked with the Natural History Museum of Utah, helping them tell the story of Utah's natural and cultural heritage through music.
Durrant holds Bachelor's degrees in Composition and Piano Performance from Boise State University and a Master's Degree in Composition from the University of Utah. He currently teaches undergraduate theory and ear training as a teaching assistant and PhD candidate at the University of Utah. Some of his works are published through Cherry Classics and TrevCo Music Publishing.
When he is not working on music, he is outdoors hiking and climbing mountains or spending time with his family. Durrant is from Preston ID and currently resides in Salt Lake City UT with his wife and two daughters.