Composer and keyboard player Juan Sebastián Lach Lau's recent instrumental and electroacoustic music, as well as sound installations, are based on algorithmic processes and harmonic microtonal inquiries, a field in which he obtained a doctorate in artistic research at the University of Leiden, Holland, in 2012. He has a bachelor's (2003) and a master's (2005) degree from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Holland, and for the past four years has taught composition at the Las Rosas Conservatory in Morelia, Mexico. He has been involved in jazz and rock groups (Psicotrûpicos, Santa Sabina) and has composed music for theatre, film and radio. His music has been played and recorded by diverse groups in various countries.
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Barber, Adler, Van der Roost, Seroff, Gillett, Lach Lau, CrosbySculpting The Air: Modern Works For Wind Instruments
Libby Larsen (b. 24 December 1950, Wilmington DE) is one of America's most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 500 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over 15 operas. Grammy Award-winning and widely recorded, including over 50 albums of her work, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world, and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.
As a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time, in 1973 Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composer's Forum, which has become an invaluable aid for composers in a transitional time for American arts. A former holder of the Papamarkou Chair at John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Larsen has also held residencies with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Colorado Symphony. Larsen's offical biography is also available for download in the Press section of her website under Press Materials.
Chi-Hin Leung (b. 1984) was born in a metropolitan city - Hong Kong. With a diverse cultural background, his composition mixes with both East and West thoughts, and with special interests in timbral and textural explorations. He was the champion of the Hong Kong Handbell Festival Composition Contest, first runner-up at New Generation and won the Hong Kong Composers' Guild Audience Choice Award. Chi-hin's compositions are published by From the Top Music (U.S.), MOECK (Germany), Edition HH (U.K.) and Oxford University Press, while his academic literature New Technical Explorations in Music Composition is published by Lap Lambert Academic Publishing. His works have been featured by ISCM World New Music Days, International Electronic
Music Week, International Handbell Symposium, Singapore Saxophone Symposium, ISME World Conference on Music Education, Musicarama and many more.
Chi-hin received his Master of Philosophy (Composition) degree, Bachelor of Education (Music) degree and Professional Diploma (Electronic Music) from The University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Institute of Education and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts respectively. He studied composition with Dr. Joshua Chan and Dr. Lai Sheung-ping, electronic music with Prof. Clarence Mak, and has obtained LMusTCL in music theory, criticism and literature. He is a director of the Hong Kong Composers Guild (HKCG) and the Hong Kong Association for Music Educators (HAME). He is currently a Doctor of Music candidate at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in composition under the supervision of Professor Victor Chan.
Michael Lee born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Maryland, is a doctoral candidate in music composition at USC's Thornton School of Music. Michael is a former graduate of the Juilliard School (M.M.) and the Eastman School of Music (B.M.). His teachers include Samuel Adler, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.
Michael's influences range from Stravinsky to hints of early rock, jazz, and electronic music, as well as 16th century polyphony. Growing up in Maryland and New York, his first musical experiences were through trumpet performance, primarily in jazz improvisation and baroque music. Eclectic in styles, notations, orchestrations, and ensembles, his music has been cited by the Portland Herald Press for its "rhythmical drive [and] traditional harmonic touches that are both surprising and inevitable."
Michael's music has been performed recently by the Thornton Edge, Albany Symphony, USC Symphony, Seattle's Classical Radio station 98.1 FM, Juilliard Orchestra, New York Virtuoso Singers, members from the Moravian Philharmonic, Kharkov Philharmonic, Oradea State Philharmonic, Serenata String Quartet, Gamper Festival at Bowdoin, ALEA II Contemporary Ensemble, Boston New Music Initiative, and the Chamber Music of Rochester, among others. His music has received recognition from MusicNow (Indiana State Univ.), the Baltimore Sun, the Portland Herald Press, and the Chronicle (NYC).
His music is a recipient of several honors and awards, including The Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy of Arts and Letters, Winner of the USC New Music to Orchestra Composition Competition, the Arthur Friedman Prize from the Juilliard Orchestral Composition Competition (Top Prize), the 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers' Award, two time ASCAP Morton Gould Composers' Award Finalist ('14/'15), the 28th International ALEA II Competition, letter of praise from BMI, 1st Prize NACUSA Competition, the Howard Hanson Prize, the Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize, 2014 Finalist in the Apollo Chamber Players Contest, and most recently, his orchestral work "Amped" was performed by the Albany Symphony in 2015.close
Concert violinist Moonkyung Lee performs extensively in Europe, the United States, and Korea. She has collaborated with many eminent ensembles, conductors, and performers. Some highlights include: the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Maxim Shostakovich; the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Mischa Maisky, cello, with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra; and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of the Austrian composer Ignaz Pleyel. The venues in which Ms. Lee has performed include: the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Großer Musikvereinssaal in Vienna, Dvorak and Smetana Halls in Prague, and the Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall.
Ms. Lee is the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition, the Padova International Competition, the New York University Concerto Competition, the Yale Chamber Music Celebration, and an NYU/Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowship for Ph.D. Studies (of which, she was the first ever classical string performer recipient). Ms. Lee frequently gives recitals in New York, Boston, and Seoul, making her New York debut at the Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center. Her two recent recitals in Seoul in 2015 were sponsored by the Arts Council Korea. She has been often featured as a solo performer on Korea's national television, KBS in its Classic Odyssey solely devoted to classical music. She has also participated in many music festivals such as the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the Banff Center for the Arts in Banff, Canada.
Ms. Lee received her Bachelor's of Music degree from Boston's New England Conservatory, where she graduated on scholarship with honors, and her Master's of Music degree from Yale University, also on scholarship, she earned her Ph.D. from New York University, where she was a full scholarship student and a member of the violin faculty. She plays an 1845 Vuillaume violin previously owned by Jack Benny.
Beth Levin's artistry invokes an uncanny sense of hearing for the first time works long thought familiar, as though the pianist herself were discovering a piece in the playing of it. Such a style of refreshment and renewal can be traced back to Levin's unique artistic lineage. As a child prodigy, she made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12. Her deep well of experience allows Levin to reach back through the golden age of the Romantic composers and connect to the sources of the great pianistic traditions, to Bach, to Mozart, to Beethoven.
Levin has appeared as a concerto soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Civic Symphony and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with noted conductors such as Arthur Fiedler, Tonu Kalam, Milton Katims, Joseph Silverstein and Benjamin Zander. Chamber music festival collaborations have brought her to the Marlboro Festival, Casals Festival, Harvard, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Ankara Music Festival and the Blue Hill Festival, collaborating with such groups such as the Gramercy Trio (founding member), the Audubon Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet and the Trio Borealis, with which she has toured extensively.
For all her devotion to the Romantic canon, Levin remains committed to the performance of the music of our time, interpreting composers such as Henryk Gorecki, Scott Wheeler, Mohammed Farouz and Michael Rose, among many others. Her closest collaborators have been David Del Tredici and Andrew Rudin, both of whom have written works for her.
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Leonard Mark Lewis (b. 1973, Great Yarmouth, England) holds a D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Texas, an M.M. in Composition from the University of Houston. He is also a conductor and pianist specializing in new music. Lewis, a member of BMI, is the recipient of awards from ASCAP (Morton Gould Young Composer Award), BMI, Columbia University (Bearns Prize), Voices of Change (Russell Horn Young Composers Award), and MACRO.
While on the faculty at the University of Missouri, Lewis was named Missouri's Composer of the Year (2002) by Missouri Music Teacher's Association (MMTA). His Concerto for Orchestra, was chosen for inclusion in the 2001 American Composers Orchestra Whitaker New Music Readings series, and was conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.
In addition to his catalog of solo works, compositions by Lewis have been commissioned and performed by an array of ensembles including the North/South Consonance, Truman State Orchestra, AURA (University of Houston), Symposium for New Band Music, University of Texas Composer's Orchestra, New Music Camerata (East Carolina University), NACUSA, Concordia Trio, Charlotte Civic Symphony, Hyperion Ensemble and numerous wind ensembles. His music is published by Dorn, Manhattan Beach, Southern and Haggelstein. Lewis's main composition teachers were Carlisle Floyd, Dan Welcher and Robert Nelson. Lewis has served on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Cy-Fair College (Chair and Associate Professor of Music). He is currently Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory at Winthrop University.
The music of adventurer-composer Lias is performed regularly around the world by soloists and ensembles including the Boulder Philharmonic, the Oasis Quartet, the Ensamble de Trompetas Simon Bolivar, and the Russian String Orchestra. In 2011 his work Melange of Neumes was voted Best New Published Work by the National Flute Association, and his pieces are regularly featured at major national and international conferences including the International Trumpet Guild, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the ISCM World Music Days. 2016 will see performances by the Shreveport Symphony, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Anchorage Symphony, and the Ariana Quartet; and in 2017 a newly-commissioned orchestral work will be premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Lias's passion for wilderness and outdoor pursuits has led to a growing series of compositions about the national parks of the United States. He has served as Artist-in-Residence at Rocky Mountain, Glacier, Denali, Glacier Bay, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks, and has written over a dozen park-related pieces that have been performed in such far-flung places as Alaska, Texas, Sydney, and Taiwan. He is the founder and leader of Alaska Geographic's annual "Composing in the Wilderness" field seminar.close
British-Australian Composer Jonathan Little is the most recent recipient of The John Clementi Collard Fellowship in Music is one of the most prestigious awards of the Worshipful Company of Musicians (established in 1500). Since 1931 the Fellowship has been bestowed on average every three years, in open competition among Britain's leading performers, composers, conductors and scholars, aged from 27 to 50.
Little is also the first composer to receive a Professional Development Award from the British music business's own charity, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, and he is now attracting increasing international recognition for his rich, intense, and finely structured music, often written for large-scale choral, string and orchestral forces. In America, he is the recipient of ASCAPLUS and critics' choice awards, and in the U.K. he has won PRSF, Bliss and Leighton Trust awards.
Current projects include producing further works in his epic, multi-tableaux Greek mythological series, the Nine Muses. The first two of these musical portraitsappear on his latest album, POLYHYMNIA. Cambridge University Press's new music journal, Tempo, has described the album's title track as one of the most imaginative, melodious and expressive pieces of serious contemporary music that can ever have been written and recorded (January 2012).
You can learn more about Little and his work at the Wirripang website.close
Ruth Lomon Canadian-born composer Ruth Lomon (b.1930) numbers among her teachers Frances Judd Cooke and Miklos Schwalb at New England Conservatory, Witold Lutoslawski at England's Dartington College, and Lutoslawski and Henri Duti lleux at Centre Acanthes in Provence, France. A composer of concertos for piano, bassoon, and trumpet, Lomon is probably best known for her song-cycle Songs of Remembrance, and her oratorio, Testimony of Witnesses for chorus, orchestra and soloists. Both works are based on the poetry of Holocaust victims and survivors that Lomon researched at The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, Israel and the library at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
Professor Russ Lombardi performed on the fretless electric bass in various touring rock bands and resort jazz bands for several years before entering Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated summa cum laude. Upon graduating, he taught music at the school for several years and later served as registrar of the college. He received his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies with honors from Boston's New England Conservatory studying composition and arranging with William Thomas McKinley and George Russell. Lombardi also taught music at Bowdoin College and The University of Maine at Farmington.
Lombardi's compositions include a string quartet titled Glissening, which was recorded on the MMC label by the renowned Moyzes String Quartet in Bratislava, Czech Republic; two original chamber compositions premiered at New York's Carnegie Hall; and two flute sextets premiered at the National Flute Association Convention in 1998 (performed again in 1999). Both sextets have subsequently been recorded by MMC. In March 2008 his electronic music composition Celestial Frost was also recorded and released by MMC. In summer 2008 Lombardi received a Trustee Professorship award to have his orchestral composition Tonisadie recorded by the Pilsen Symphony Orchestra in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
Lombardi has had a variety of compositions and arrangements performed and published worldwide, including styles such as electronic music, big band jazz, small and large chamber ensemble, orchestral, solo piano and concert band. He has also arranged several classical solo piano pieces for Minstrel Press with global distribution and wrote a regular column titled Ideas for Improvisation for the International magazine Jazz Player.
In between music activities Lombardi developed and published a Maine county newspaper for 14 years titled The Somerset Gazette with his wife. He has written articles and stories for periodicals including The Bangor Daily News, The Kennebec Journal, The Maine Sportsman, The Maine Mountain Digest and The Maine Snowmobiler.
Lombardi currently teaches Jazz Theory, Composition and Arranging at UMA and plays piano with his touring UMA student ensemble The UMA Café Jazz Ensemble. You can find recordings and reviews of his compositions released by MMC Recordings in various distributions worldwide, including Amazon.com, IODA (Independent Online Distribution Alliance), iTunes, Rhapsody, Live365.com, MP3.com, Napster, Classsical.com, MusicMatch, MSN Music and more than 250 others.
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Albert, Oswald, Worthington, Perttu, Russo, LombardiLight and Shadow
European composer Erik Lotichius (b. 1929) began his compositional studies and high school, in addition to studying both the piano and violin. Influenced early on by Bach and Bartok, he studied under virtuoso Ernest W. Mulder before launching into a highly active career as a composer, writing symphonies, ballets, and myriad chamber works. Lotichius eventually found himself unhappy with the direction classical music was taking and even less able to appreciate the sounds being made by the avant-garde, so he turned to jazz and popular music, which gave him a new lease on his musical life. A musical, a song-based trio (in which Lotichius was pianist), and a series of songs based on texts by Brecht made their way into his repertoire. Later in his career, Lotichius was influenced by the arrival of minimal music (Adams, Young, and particularly Glass), which he in recent years has begun to work into his compositions. This influence is evident several recent works, including a symphony, a piece for two flutes and piano, and a string quartet. His oeuvre encompasses choral music, 2 oratorios, (chamber) operas, symphonies, piano concertos, a violin concerto, chamber music (including a number of string quartets and 24 preludes and fugues for string quartet), piano music, lieder, chansons, songs, and an operetta.
Ricardo Lorenz's compositions have received praise for their fiery orchestrations, harmonic sophistication, and rhythmic vitality. These impressions have accompanied performances of the Venezuelan-born composer's works at prestigious international festivals such as Carnegie Hall's Sonidos de las Amèricas, Ravinia Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, France's Berlioz Festival, Spain's Festival Internacional de Musica Contemporanea de Alicante, the Festival Cervantino in Mexico, and many more. Lorenz's orchestral compositions have been performed domestically by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, New World Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and the Dayton Philharmonic, and internationally by premier orchestras in Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela. One of his latest compositions, Rumba Sinfûnica, is a concerto for Latin ensemble and symphony orchestra commissioned by a consortium of major orchestras and festivals, and composed in collaboration with Grammy-nominated band Tiempo Libre. Featured in NPR's All Things Considered, Rumba Sinfûnica has been performed by Minnesota, Detroit, Dallas, and National Arts Center (Ottawa) orchestras, among others.
Lorenz has served as Composer-in-Residence in several programs and presenting organizations, such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Armonìa Musicians Residency Program (1998-2003), the Billings Symphony (1998-1999), and Music in the Loft chamber music series (1999-2000). He has also been the recipient of several other distinctions and awards including the American Bandmasters Association, National Flute Association, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Organization of American States (OAS), Concert Artists Guild, Meet-the-Composer, Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the Newhouse Foundation, Illinois Community College Trustees Association, and ASCAP.
Although Lorenz has resided in the United States since 1982, he has always maintained close ties with Latin America. Between 1987 and 1992, he held the position of Interim Director of the Indiana University Latin American Music Center. During this time he established a network of composers from the continent and compiled the sourcebook Scores and Recordings at Indiana University's Latin American Music Center (Indiana University Press, 1995), nominated to receive the 1996 Best General Reference Source Award by the Association of Recorded Sound Collections. As a performer/arranger, he has worked with well-known Latin American musicians such as Tito Puente, David Sanchez, Claudia Pèrez, Farred Haque, and with the bands Folkloristas de Mèxico, Tiempo Libre, and Sones de México. Between 2003 and 2005 Lorenz went back to Indiana University to serve as Visiting Director of the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble. Lorenz holds a Ph.D. degree in composition from The University of Chicago and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. He studied composition under Juan Orrego Salas, Shulamit Ran, and Donald Erb. He has taught at Indiana University, The University of Chicago, City Colleges of Chicago, and he is currently Associate Professor of Composition at Michigan State University. His compositions are published by Lauren Keiser Music and Boosey & Hawkes. Past works can be heard on the Arabesque Recordings, Albany Records, Indiana University LAMC Series, Doublemoon Records (Turkey), Urtex Digital Classics (Mexico), SOMM Recordings (UK), and Cedille Records (US).
For more info please visit www.ricardolorenz.com
A recipient of The Catholic University of America's Furfey graduate fellowship and a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honors society, Jason R. Lovelace (b. 1980) currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Towson University in Towson, MD and Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA.
Lovelace's compositions have been broadcast internationally and featured in a variety of regional, national and international venues. In June 2015, Lovelace performed the international premiere of Nocturne: Inversions at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki as part of the 2015 College Music Society International Conference. His notable commissions include: Echoes of Apollo 11 (Wayne State University Trumpet Ensemble), a piece for trumpet octet and electronics performed at the 2014 International Trumpet Guild conference, The Information Age (Alexandria Concert Band), a work celebrating the eponymous era premiered at Northern Virginia Community College's Schlessinger Concert Hall, and Hodie nobis de caelo (The Catholic University of America), a fanfare for chorus and orchestra premiered in Washington, D.C. and televised internationally on the EWTN cable network.
A native of Pennsylvania, Lovelace completed his doctorate in composition at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 2009. Previously, he earned Masters degrees in composition and computer music composition from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and a Bachelor of Musical Arts summa cum laude in piano and composition from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. His teachers include Andrew Simpson, Steven Strunk, Bruno Amato, Geoffrey Wright, Marvin Lamb, and James Faulconer.
For more information about Lovelace and his work, please visit www.jasonrlovelace.com
In 2006, Lyricora formed with a mission to perform music not typically heard in New England at the highest caliber. Since then, Lyricora has performed consistently throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Specializing in 20th century a cappella music, the ensemble's versatile sound has found favor with audiences, composers, and conductors. Lyricora's ever-broadening repertoire and distinct performance style feature emotive and sincere musical interpretations. Lyricora continues to work with seasoned composers, such as Hubert Bird and Carol Barnett, on recording and performance projects while concurrently promoting the music of new composers. Staying true to a mission deeply rooted in educational outreach, Lyricora has worked with elementary and high school choirs on Boston's North Shore and Portsmouth NH. Lyricora is non-profit, all-volunteer chamber choir based on the North Shore of Boston.