Anthony Iannaccone (b. New York City 1943) studied at the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D.). His principal teachers were Vittorio Giannini, Aaron Copland, and David Diamond. During the 1960's, he supported himself as a part-time teacher (Manhattan School of Music) and orchestral violinist. His catalogue of approximately 50 published works includes three symphonies, smaller works for orchestra, several large works for chorus and orchestra, numerous chamber pieces, large works for wind ensemble, and several extended a cappella choral compositions. His music is performed by major orchestras and professional chamber ensembles in the U.S. and abroad. He is an active conductor of both new music and standard orchestral repertory. In addition to conducting numerous regional and metropolitan orchestras in the U.S., he has conducted several European orchestras, including the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, the Bavarian Festival Orchestra, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Moravian Philharmonic, and the Slovak Radio Orchestra. Since 1971, he has taught at Eastern Michigan University, where, for 30 years he conducted the Collegium in 18th- century orchestral and choral music. Iannaccone's works have won many first prizes in national and international competitions, including the Ravel Prize for Rituals for Violin and Piano, the Dutka Prize for String Quartet No. 3, the Ostwald Award for Sea Drift, and the SAI/C.F.Peters Award for Two-Piano Inventions. His Waiting for Sunrise on the Sound was chosen as one of five finalists in the 2001 London Symphony Orchestra Masterprize competition from a field of 1151 orchestral works submitted. Recent commissions include a quintet for clarinet and strings for Richard Stoltzman, a choral work for the Ithaca College School of Music, and an orchestral work for the Dearborn Symphony.close
Marie Incontrera (b. 1985) is a wayward ballerina and heavy metal pianist who writes music in Brooklyn, New York. She has been a recipient of the Miriam Gideon Composition Award for women composers, a winner of the Remarkable Theater Brigade Art Song Competition, a 2010 and 2011 recipient of the ASCAPlus award, a winner of the 2011 Vocalessence/American Composers Forum "Essentially Choral" readings, and was a finalist in the Iron Composer 2010 competition. She was awarded a Meet the Composer Metlife Creative Connections award for her work with the Hartford Women Composers Festival in 2010, and a New York Women Composers Seed Money Grant for her work with Alphabet Soup Productions. Commissions have come from the Young New Yorkers Chorus, Remarkable Theater Brigade, ANALOG arts, the Virginia Arts Festival, and The Atlanta Opera. Marie has been a participant of the New York Youth Symphony's Making Score program and the John Duffy Composer's Institute, and has been a 2011 fellow of the highSCORE festival in Pavia, Italy. She is currently the Young Composer in Residence with Remarkable Theater Brigade.close
As recently as 2009, the year after Kimiko won medals at the national championships for Olympic weightlifting, and the year she retired from competitive sports, she also began her first serious study of Bach, starting with his Goldberg Variations. It wasn't the first encounter that she'd had with the Cantor of Leipzig, after all she'd performed her first Bach Prelude - F-Minor, BWV 881 - at the age of 5. What began with the Goldbergs in 2009, however, was something different. It was a deep and methodical, intellectual and emotional investigation, and it would lead her to a whole new world of possibilities as a pianist.
As Kimiko's love for the Goldberg Variations grew, she resolved to record it, resulting in the 2012 Open Goldberg Variations project. In order to make that recording, more than 400 fans came together to sponsor and support her passion.
Empowered with the overwhelming success of this first Bach recording, Kimiko undertook a series of world tours performing The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I. These tours were a critical triumph, and enabled Kimiko to develop her interpretation of the work into a unique and finely-tuned whole. Reviewers were thrilled:
"a gifted and obviously devoted Bachian" - James R. Oestreich, New York Times
"her command of structure in the fugues went beyond impressive, she was able to bring poetry to the fugues without blurring their structure. Some of the minor key fugues in particular were most glorious in their intensity" - Robert Hugill
With the momentum of five years of focused effort behind her, Kimiko again turned to her fans for backing and patronage. Over 900 people contributed to the effort on Kickstarter.com to finance this recording. In July 2014, a dream team consisting of Kimiko, Anne-Marie Sylvestre (session engineer), Gerd Finkenstein (piano technician), and a Bösendorfer 280 grand piano (hand chosen from the factory showroom in Vienna), all converged in the renowned Teldex Studio in Berlin to spend six days recording Bach's Preludes and Fugues.
Vera Ivanova (b. 1977, Moscow, Russia) graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (Honours Diploma), Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (M.M. with distinction), and the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D. in Composition). Her works have been performed in Russia, Europe and the United States. Her teaching positions include Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the Setnor School of Music of Syracuse University, Assistant Professor of Music in the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University (current).
Ivanova is a recipient of the Sproull Fellowship at Eastman, the Gwyn Ellis Bequest Scholarship at Guildhall School, Moscow Culture Committee grant, Honourable mention at the 28th Bourges Electro-Acoustic Competition, 3rd Prize at the 8th International Mozart Competition, 1st Prize in Category "A" at International Contest of Acousmatic Compositions Métamorphoses 2004 (Belgium), ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, André Chevillion-Yvonne Bonnaud Composition Prize at the 8th International Piano Competition at Orleans (France) and Special Award from Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music.
Her music is available in print from Universal Edition, SCI Journal of Music Scores (vol. 45); on albums from Ablaze Records (Millennial Masters series, Vol. 2), Quartz Music, Ltd, Musiques & Recherches (Métamorphoses 2004), Centaur Records (CRC 3056), Navona Records (NOVA) and on her website.close