Jenny Kallick has created two original music dramas prior to ARCHITECT: WinterReise (based on Schubert's song cycle) in 2001 for soprano, baritone, string trio, and piano with director Jeffrey Lentz; and The Death of Victor Hartmann (Incorporating songs and piano music of Musorgsky) in 2003 for bass, violin, clarinet, and cello with director and designer John Conklin. For the Making Opera Project at Amherst College, she has produced Bizet's Carmen, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, La finta giardiniera, and Le nozze di Figaro. Prior to joining the faculty of Amherst College, Ms. Kallick founded the DMA program at the Yale School of Music as Dean of Academic Affairs. Her scholarly work includes writings on Beethoven's sketches for the Ninth Symphony and Leos Janaceks's Jenufa. She regularly serves as Chari of the Music Department at Amherst College.
Amelia Kaplan (b. 1963) is a composer of concert music that primarily explores gesture, equally drawing upon pitch and timbre. As a reflection of a multifaceted life, most works are based on multiple unrelated musical strands (rather than a single idea) which jump back and forth, find commonality, and occasionally part ways.
Kaplan’s music has been performed at numerous contemporary music festivals around the U.S. and in Europe, including the SCI national conference, SICPP, Wellesley Composers Conference, Gaudeamus, Darmstadt, June in Buffalo, and others. She has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Kaplan is Associate Professor of Composition at Ball State University in Muncie IN. She has previously taught at Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Iowa, and Roosevelt University. Kaplan completed her A.B. at Princeton University, and her A.M. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago as a Century Fellow, where her primary teachers were Shulamit Ran and Ralph Shapey. She worked with Azio Corghi at the Milan Conservatory on a Whiting Fellowship, and also received a Diploma of Merit from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana while studying with Franco Donatoni, and a Diploma from the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau.
Fredrick Kaufman is the composer of over 130 published compositions that have been performed worldwide by orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Czech Radio Orchestra, Lithuanian Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, National Orchestra of Brazil, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras. Kaufman is a former Fulbright Scholar, and recipient honors and fellowships from the Endowment of the Arts., the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Ford Foundations. His Pulitzer Prize-nominated Holocaust composition Kaddish, which Bernard Holland of The New York Times described as "having the most expressive writing for strings to be heard today," has been performed over 100 times in the major concert halls of Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, South America, Asia and throughout the United States. His works have received prizes at international competitions and have been performed throughout the world at major music festivals.
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Chan Ji Kim (b. 1974, Dae-gu, South Korea) composes for dance, chamber ensembles, orchestra, multimedia performances and electroacoustic music. Most recently, her music was performed by the internationally known Bartók Trio ensemble in Malaga, Spain. Her major performances include the International Music Days in Constanta, Romania, International Double Reed Society conference, the Berlin New Music Concert performed by Anton Webern Quartet, the New Music Society concert in Seoul, Korea, the International New Music Consortiumconcert series in Bucharest, Romania, the Summer Music Festival in Florence and Assisi, Italy, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Congress of the International Alliance of Women in Music, ICIA composition recital at the Symphony Space in New York City, the Society of Composers, Inc. national conference, the Millennium Dance Concert in New York City, and the World Music Days in Timisuara, Romania. Her music has been published by TrevCo Music and The Sejong Cultural Society, and is also available on the album Mosaic by Emeritus and on The Era of Modern Bassoon album collection by Akashibu Gakufu in Japan. Kim is a native of Korea, studied music composition at E-Wha Women's University in Korea (B.A.), New York University (M.A.), and University of Florida (Ph.D.). She is Associate Professor of Music at the Brevard Community College in Florida.
"Doron Kima utilizes some extremely
arresting musical gestures and makes good use of jazzy rhythms, with effective use of contrasts between sections. The composer is clearly in control of the material and
instruments" (The American Prize Composition Competition). Kima's catalogue includes works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo, voice, electro-acoustic, and film scores.
Kima's personal background and professional experiences have taken place in Israel, Europe, and the U.S. He seeks to promote cultural understanding and cross-cultural communication and interaction. His concerto-type composition Seeds of Hope for nay (Arabic flute), oud (Arabic lute), and orchestra is based on the Arabic Maqam, while his delicate and intricate chamber work Song of Songs In the Garden of Delights for female voice, flute, harp, and two percussion players is based on the biblical Song of Songs.
His works are published by Capstone Records, Schott Music Corporation, Mercury Records (collaboration with Cross-Fade productions, Netherlands), Bald Wins Records, and Navona Records. His compositions are included in the SCI album series, SCI Journal of Music Scores, and NACUSA Southeast Chapter album. His composition Kislev has been selected for the International Award Wining Living Composers Concert of NACUSA Southeast Chapter and he is a recipient of the Promising Artists of the 21st Century Award of Centro Cultural Costa Rica.
Kima holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from Florida State University, a Master's in Jazz Piano from Florida State University, and a Bachelor's in jazz piano from Amsterdam School of the Arts in the Netherlands. Kima taught at Florida State University, the Open University of Israel, conducted master classes at the National Editus Academy and the University of Costa Rica San Jose, and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.
His jazz compositions range from lead sheets to big band charts and he appears on numerous jazz and commercial music recordings. As a jazz pianist he has appeared at major festivals in the U.S., Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, and Israel. These include the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel.
In 1982, after an injury ended a career as a modern dancer, David Kirtley focused on a new path as a self-taught composer. In 1987, he was awarded a residency/fellowship from the Yellowsprings Institute in Pennsylvania for his piece, Songs for the Outcasts of Great Turtle's Back, a song cycle recounting the great losses of life, land, and culture suffered by the Native Americans. For the next nine years, Kirtley continued to compose while working as a waiter in Yellowstone National Park, where he deepened his interests in backpacking, botany, birding, geology, and anthropology. In time, urged on by a persistant feeling that formal training in composition would offer a necessary new direction, he enrolled at the University of Colorado at Boulder, earning a BA in Music (1999), and a MM in Composition (2001). He had additional studies in composition at the Aspen Music Festival (summers of 2001 and 2002).
Kirtley has received commissions from David Wheeler (shakuhachi), Erika Eckert (viola), Gilmar Goulart (marimba), Claricello, the Playground Ensemble, and others. His works have been performed at the 1998 International Shakuhachi Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Colorado New Music Festival, the 2004 NATS Convention, New York City Opera's "VOX 2007: Showcasing American Composers," and at other venues in the United States, Brazil, Japan, and Europe.
An avid hiker, nature lover, and world traveler, David Kirtley brings to his music a synthesis of Western musical traditions, sounds and impressions of nature, and elements drawn from indigenous musical traditions from around the world. He currently resides in Louisville CO.
Hailed for the "awesome purity of his playing" (New York Concert Review) and described as a "prodigiously skilled protagonist", Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov has performed as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in USA, Japan and Europe. In 2006 Mr. Kostov was the National Winner at the MTNA competition. Lachezar Kostov gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 together with his longtime friend and chamber music collaborator pianist Viktor Valkov. Kostov holds diplomas from Yale University, NCSA and the National Music Academy in Bulgaria. Currently, a tenured member of the San Antonio Symphony, and a faculty member at UTSA and Texas Music Festival. Highlights of the recent season include solo appearance at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Oji Hall in Tokyo.
Joseph Koykkar (b. 1951), composer, has had his music performed nationally and internationally for the past 30 years, including performances and commissions by many of the leading new music ensembles in the nation including the Relache Ensemble, Present Music, Zeitgeist, New York New Music Ensemble, North/South Consonance, Synchronia, and the C.A.L. Ear Unit. His music can be heard on seven CDs, including an all-Koykkar CD released on Northeastern Records in 1992. Other labels which have released his music are MMC, Meyer Media, Equilibrium, SEAMUS, In-Sync, and North/South. He has composed in a variety of media including chamber music, orchestral scores, music for dance, film/video scores, and electronic/computer music. He holds degrees from Indiana University (Master of Music) and the University of Miami (D.M.A.). He has received grants and awards from such sources as the Pew Charitable Trust for Music, the NEA, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, the American Music Center, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the American Composers Forum. He was composer-in-residence for the NOW Festival '96 at Capital University in Columbus, OH. His compositions are published by Belwin-Mills, Subito Music and JNK Music. He spent two years as composer-in-residence with the Artists-in Schools Program in Virginia from 1978-80. As a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1987, he teaches courses in music technology/sound design and Music Director for the UW-Madison's Dance Program.
Timothy Kramer's music reflects his fascination with motivic patterns, cyclical relationships, and musical fragments that unfold in a variety of changing speeds and textures. From pieces such as Mimetic Variations and Mosaics to Vanishing Perspectives and All in Golden Measure, his works often take their impetus from visual cues that generate a strong melodic component, a taut and sometimes dense rhythmic surface, and an integrated harmonic language. The interplay between background and foreground materials makes his music immediately approachable but with a rich structural layer. Critics have called his music "constantly inventive, clear, full of energy and admirably precise" (Greenberg - San Antonio Express News), "splendidly energetic and excellently crafted" (Reynish - WASBE Conference Review), "lively, intelligent, and blustery" (Burwasser - Fanfare), and "haunting and intensely moving" (Windeler - San Antonio Express News). Originally from Washington State, Kramer began studying the piano at a young age, and, although later trained as an organist and harpsichordist, he spent many years as a youth playing bass guitar in jazz and rock ensembles. He has been commissioned by and written for a wide variety of forces - from professional orchestras and soloists to high school bands and college choirs.
Kramer's works have been performed widely throughout the United States and Canada - from Carnegie Hall to college campuses - and in Europe, South America, and Asia with performances by major symphony orchestras (Indianapolis, Detroit, Tacoma, San Antonio) chamber groups (North/South Consonance, SOLI Ensemble, ONIX Ensemble, Luna Nova, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings) and university ensembles (Michigan State, Arizona State, Indiana University, Florida State, etc.). He has also been a featured composer at the San Antonio International Piano Competition, the Midwest International Clinic in Chicago, the Utah Arts Festival, and at national conferences of the American Guild of Organists, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the American Choral Directors Association, the Society of Composers, Inc., and the College Music Society.
He has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Meet the Composer, Broadcast Music, Inc., ASCAP, the American Guild of Organists, and the American Music Center among many others. His degrees are from Pacific Lutheran University (B.M.) and the University of Michigan (M.M. and D.M.A.), where he studied with William Albright, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, and George Wilson. He was also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, studying with Martin Redel. Beginning in 1991 he taught at Trinity University in San Antonio for 19 years, where he also founded CASA (the Composers Alliance of San Antonio). In 2010 he accepted a post as Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he was recently named the Edward Capps Professor of Humanities. His works are published by Southern Music, Earnestly Music, Hinshaw, and Selah and are recorded on Calcante, North/South, and Capstone in addition to this PARMA recording.
Keith Allan Kramer, composer, conductor, recording engineer and guitarist, currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. His compositions are performed frequently throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. He has studied composition with Thomas DeLio, John Van der Slice and Stuart Saunders Smith. Keith received his D.M.A. in composition from the University of Miami and his M.Mus. in composition from the University of Maryland, College Park. Keith was the President of the Baltimore Composers Forum from 2008-2010, an organization that promotes new music through innovative and cutting edge programming, and currently serves on the board of directors. Recent performances of his work included highly successful all-Kramer programs in New York's Merkin Hall in 2006 and 2010.
Keith Kramer's music is at times subtle and restrained, and other times ferocious and demanding. Always searching for new modes of expression, each piece that Keith composes represents another facet of a continuous journey of discovery. His music has been performed and recorded by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kirk Trevor, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vit Micka, University of Miami Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Stockton, David Taylor, Gottfried Stoger, David LaVorgna, Jessica Hanel Satava, Joseph Satava, Azimuth Quartet, Mariner String Quartet, Pictures on Silence, Jacqueline Pollauf, Noah Getz, The Capitol Hill Chamber Players, Jade Strings, Sonora Ensemble, Alan Ngim, George Weremchuk, Hye-Jung Hong, Jeremiah Baker, Megan Ihnen, Andrew Stewart, Jason Buckwalter and Maiko Suzuki. Keith has collaborated with choreographers Lynne Price, Sonia Synkowski and Lauren Withhart, as well as visual artist Fred Merrill.
For more information, please visit www.keithkramer.org.
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Vienna, Austria-native Rudy Kronfuss started playing the guitar at age 13 and formed his own band when he was 17. He has loved composing music since his teenage days, and in 1974 he decided to stay in the Netherlands after a tour with his group. In 1984 he successfully completed his six years study of jazz guitar at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. Since then he has taught at "GLOBE," the Central Music School of Hilversum. In 1994 he received his degree in composition and arrangement from the Conservatory of Rotterdam under the guidance of Bob Brookmeyer. Kronfuss is an internationally performing artist. His passion is to teach, play, compose, arrange and produce music. He has published 8 CDs and 4 DVDs.
Hailed for the "awesome purity of his playing" (New York Concert Review) and described as a "prodigiously skilled protagonist," Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov has performed as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in the United States, Japan and Europe. In 2006 Kostov was the National Winner of the MTNA competition. He gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 together with his longtime friend and chamber music collaborator, pianist Viktor Valkov. Kostov holds diplomas from Rice University, Yale University, UNCSA, and the National Music Academy in Bulgaria. He is a tenured member of the San Antonio Symphony, and a faculty member at the UTSA and the Texas Music Festival. Recent highlights include solo appearances at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Oji Hall in Tokyo. His teachers have included Zvi Plesser, Aldo Parisot, and Norman Fischer.