Praised in the September/October 2015 issue of Fanfare Magazine, cellist Samuel Magill has had a rich and varied career as soloist and chamber musician. James Forrest said of his Centaur release of Andrew Rudin's Cello Sonata, "Throughout, Magill's beautiful cello tone is in evidence, endlessly expressive, subtle in shading. Rudin is presently writing a composition for solo cello for this Metropolitan Opera Orchestra member, a first rate artist and instrumentalist." His first Naxos album of the Cello Concerto of Vernon Duke was hailed as "flat-out magnificent" by the American Record Guide, while The Strad wrote in 2010 of his world premiere recording of Franco Alfano's Cello Sonata "...Magill's husky, dark timbre matches the Cello Sonata's yearning intensity to perfection...." The June, 2014 STRAD Magazine raved about Magill's "sumptuous tone” in his March 2014 recital at Bargemusic in New York, in which he and Beth Levin performed the rarely heard Czerny transcription of Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata. Magill has appeared as soloist throughout Japan and the United States, including performances of the Schumann Concerto and Brahms Double Concerto in Tokyo’s famed Suntory Hall and in Alice Tully Hall. Magill has partnered with the pianists Oxana Yablonskaya, Pascal Rogé, Beth Levin, and the late Grant Johannesen, and has given annual recitals since 1994 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. He is a co-founder of The Elysian Ensemble, a flute, cello, and harp Trio. They made their New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. Strings Magazine declared them "masters of their instruments."
A pupil of the late Zara Nelsova, Magill was educated at the Peabody Institute and Rice University. He is currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York, and was formerly Associate Principal Cello. He was for nine summers Principal Cello and Soloist of the New York Symphonic Ensemble. As such he toured throughout Japan playing the concerti of Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Dvorak, Dohnanyi, Schumann, Brahms, and Beethoven. Three of these performances were recorded live by Panasonic. Magill was also a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Houston Symphony. www.samuelmagill.com
New Hampshire native Andrew Malloy attended University of Massachusetts, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree; he continued his education at The Juilliard School, where he received a Master of Music in Performance. After living and working in New York City, Malloy moved to Los Angeles, where he established himself as an active freelance musician and has lived for over thirty years.
He performs as a regular member of the Pasadena, Santa Barbara and New West Symphonies and the Crown City Brass Quintet, and works with most of the leading musical organizations in the Los Angeles area, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. His out-of-town appearances include his longtime association with the San Luis Obispo Festival Mozaic, brass quintet performances in Austin TX, the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Festival, and guest artist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington DC, where he presented a solo recital and appeared as soloist with the U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own). He teaches trombone at California State University, Northridge, and Pepperdine University, and has an active private studio.
Active as a solo recitalist, he commissioned and premiered Sonata for Trombone and Piano by Stanley Friedman, Fantasy by Lincoln Hanks, and Dozeandeeze by Jim Self. He produced a solo album, BEST OF FRIENDS, including these new works and others never published or recorded. In the recording field, Malloy has played on hundreds of film scores for some of Hollywood's most famous composers and has recorded extensively for television.
Malloy enjoys photography and travel, both of which allow him to spend time with his granddaughters who provide beautiful subjects when he visits with them in New Jersey and upstate New York.
Andrew March was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom in 1973. In 1992, he was accepted at the Royal College of Music to study composition with Jeremy Dale Roberts. He graduated in 1996, gaining a Bachelor of Music degree with honors.
In 1998, his orchestral piece Marine - à travers les arbres (Marine - through the trees) received first prize in the first ever Masterprize International Composing Competition. This orchestral work has since received a total of 13 international live performances, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. For his first commission, Andrew wrote a challenging work: A Stirring in the Heaven lies, which was premiered in December 2000 by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall.
March has written a considerable amount of choral music, mostly a cappella. In December 2005, the chapel choir of Corpus Christi College in Cambridge recorded and released a commercial CD containing 7 of his unaccompanied motets. March's music has been recorded by the BBC, the European Broadcasting Union and for EMI Classics Debut Series at Abbey Road Studios in London. Selected works have been published and are available from Walton Music Corporation (and Hal Leonard), the Royal School of Church Music, and in the case of Marine - à travers les arbres, from Chester Novello.
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The works of Liviu Marinescu (b. 1970, Bucharest, Romania) have received recognition in numerous festivals of new music throughout the world, and have been performed by prominent orchestras and ensembles, including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Czech Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia and the National Chamber Radio and Music Academy orchestras in Bucharest.
His debut at the Bucharest International New Music Festival when he was 21 years old, was noted by the Parisian newspaper Le Monde de la Musique, which described one of the concerts he co-organized with other young composers and artists as being "inventive in its evolution, content, and substance," and promoting an "anti-conformist view." In the U.S., his music has been praised by numerous publications, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, while the critics of The Strad, Strings Magazine, and New York Concert Review recognized its "real expressive power and attractive rhetoric," "majestic assertiveness," and "startling moments."
Since his 2002 appointment as coordinator of music composition and theory at California State University Northridge, Dr. Marinescu has received numerous awards and grants from the Fulbright Commission, the American Music Center, ASCAP, Meet the Composer Fund, as well as the Fromm Music Foundation Prize at Harvard University.
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Ovidiu Marinescu, one of the outstanding musicians of his native Romania, was chosen to play at Carnegie Hall for Romanian President Constantinescu on an official visit to the United States. Soon after, he made his debut with the New York Chamber Symphony in Beethoven's Triple Concerto, followed by recitals in Merkin Hall (New York), Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. After his performance with the National Radio Orchestra of Romania in 2001 in the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto, which was broadcast live on the radio station ìRomania Culturalî, he returned to play ìIpostaze 3" by Adrian Iorgulescu, followed by a performance of his own arrangement of the Mozart Concerto in G Major. Other notable appearances include Haydnís Cello Concerto in C Major with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Slobodkin Center, Elgar Concerto with Helena and Newark Symphonies, Shostakovich with the Cleveland Philharmonic, and Mozart Concerto with Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain. His critically acclaimed first recording, "Fiesta Latina", was followed by a recording of the complete Miaskovsky cello works with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Kenneth Boulton released by Cambria.
Marinescu has performed at festivals in Luzerne, Bayreuth, Chautauqua, South Bohemia, Orlando and Brasov, the New Hampshire Music Festival, and Magie Barocche in Italy. Active as a chamber musician, between 1995 and 2002 Marinescu was a member of Adirondack Ensemble, a year-around resident group in New York State that performed over 200 concerts, presented school programs and founded Adirondack Music Camp. Currently, he performs with Trio Casals and Trio Lipatti.
A product of the illustrious Romanian National Academy of Music, he won first prize and Music Critics' Award in the George Dima Cello Competition. In the United States, he studied with Wolfgang Laufer at the University of Wisconsin, and with Orlando Cole, at Temple University. Marinescu has been honored in Romania with invitations to perform with many renowned orchestras including the orchestras of Cluj, Iasi and Brasov. In addition, he has toured with Bucharest Symphony. Ovidiu Marinescu feels a strong commitment to expanding the cello repertoire by making transcriptions of works such as Mozart violin concerti and in supporting the composition of new music. He has commissioned and performed many new works, among which are those of Lawrence Moss and Jae-Wook Kim, as well as those of his brother, Liviu Marinescu. In December of 2000, Mr. Marinescu premiered with Newark Symphony a new work for cello and orchestra, "Anecdote," by Hilary Tann, and he presented the first performance of ìOstinatoî by Liviu Marinescu with ìOrchestra 2001ì in Philadelphia. Penn Presents featured Marinescu in a multi-media program at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, in works for solo cello, film and electronics by four local teams of composers and filmmakers. Marinescu is on faculty at West Chester University.
Equally outstanding as a conductor, Marinescu combines a precise technique with great musical inspiration. He is the Director of the West Chester University Symphony, which under his leadership made a sold out debut at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and embarked in its first European tour. Subsequently, the orchestra was invited to participate in the prestigious Catania International Festival in Sicily, Italy. He served as the conductor for the Wilmington Orchestra between 2003-7, as the Music Director of the Manalapan Orchestra in New Jersey, and Principal Conductor of the Goppisberg Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. His guest conducting includes the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow, the Bacau, Craiova, Ploiesti, Botosani, and Brasov Philharmonics in Romania, Filarmonica de Gaia in Portugal, and Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain, both as conductor and soloist. Marinescu led the Delaware Chamber Orchestra in its first tour abroad, with performances for the South Bohemia Festival in the Czech Republic. Marinescu has conducted the world premiere of the ballet Helen Keller by The Rebecca David Ballet Company in Philadelphia. He has developed several programs for young audiences, including a narrated version of Lt. Kije by Prokofiev.
Known for his powerful interpretations of orchestral works by Russian composers, Marinescu was invited to record Tchaikovskyís Symphony no. 5 and Marche Slave with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow. Other conducting recordings include orchestral music by Samuel Barber and soon-to-be-released CDs with orchestral music by Stephen Limbaugh III, David Laganella, and Andrea Clearfield, also recorded in Moscow. A Parma Recordings artist, Marinescu has embarked on a long-term recording project with the Russian Philharmonic featuring American orchestral music.
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Born in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1931, Donald Martino began music lessons at nine ñ learning to play the clarinet, saxophone, and oboe ñ and composing at age 15. He went on to obtain degrees from Syracuse and Princeton Universities.
A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, his many awards include two Fulbright scholarships; three Guggenheim awards; grants from the Massachusetts Arts Council, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Brandeis Creative Arts Citation in Music; the 1974 Pulitzer Prize in music for his chamber work Notturno, First Prize in the 1985 Kennedy Center Friedheim Competition for his String Quartet (1983), and the Boston Symphony's Mark M. Horblit Award. Mr. Martino has taught at The Third Street Music School Settlement in New York, Princeton, Yale, the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was chairman of the composition department from 1969 ñ 1979, Brandeis, where he was Irving Fine Professor of Music, and Harvard, where he is the Walter Begelow Rosen Professor of Music, Emeritus.
He has been active as a guest lecturer and has been Composer-in-Residence at Tanglewood, The Composer's Conference, The Yale Summer School of Music and Art, the Pontino Festival (lt.), May in Miami, The Atlantic Center of the Arts, The Warebrook Festival, the Ernest Bloch Festival, the Festival Internacional de Musica de Morelia (Mex.), and has been Distinguished Visiting Professor at many institutions of higher learning. Commissions for new works have come from, among others, the Paderewski Fund, the Fromm, Naumburg, Koussevitzky, and Collidge Foundations; the Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco Symphonies; and a number of musical societies and organizations. According to the New Grove, Martino's music has been characterized as expansive, dense, lucid, dramatic, romantic, all of which are applicable. But it is his ability Ö to conjure up for the listener a world of palpable presences and conceptions ... that seems most remarkable."
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Martinů Quartet was founded in 1976 at the Prague Conservatory in the class of Prof. Viktor Moučka, a member of the Vlach Quartet. During the study at AMU (Academy of Music) under the leadership of Prof. Antonín Kohout, a member of the Smetana Quartet, they started a successful activity under the name of Havlák Quartet and received many awards. Among them was the special prize of 1990 Czech Chamber Music Society, as well the prize of Bohuslav Martinů with special emphasis on Martinů's chamber music. At the same time they gained valuable experience from active workshops with renowned quartet ensembles, including the Tel Aviv Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, and the Julliard Quartet. They participated in eight international competitions with the result of eight awards with seven laureate titles, the most notable being in Portsmouth (Great Britain), ARD (Munich), Evian (France) and Prague Spring. In 1985 the ensemble, with the approval of the Bohuslav Martinů Society, took the name of Martinů Quartet, while pledging to promote Martinů's chamber music.
They have appeared all over Europe and have made regular tours of the U.S., Canada, Spain, Japan and England. They have been heard at festivals including Brighton, Warwick, Leamington, Bath, the City of London Festival, the Orlando Festival in Netherlands, Kuhmo in Finland and other venues in Sweden, Paris, Frankfurt-Mohan, Wigmore Hall in London, the Paris Opera de la Bastille, the Berlin Schauspielhaus, as well in mid-European festival at Europa-Musicale in Munich. The Martinů Quartet is a regular guest at The Prague Spring Festival.
They have recorded complete seven Martinů's string quartets for the Naxos label. In 2003 they released the works of Bodorová (Terezín Ghetto Requiem) and Stevenson which received an award of the CD of the Month from British MW Classical Music Web. In 2004 they received the MIDEM award in Cannes for best CD of the year in the solo/ensemble repertoire of the 20th Century.
The Martinů Quartet boasts a broad repertoire, with special emphasis on Czech chamber music. Apart from many recordings for Czech Radio, Radio France, BBC, ARD, ORF, the Martinů Quartet appears on the recording labels Naxos. Harmonia Mundi, Panton, Romantic Robot, Arco Diva, Studio Matouš and others.
As an active composer in the Minneapolis area for the past several years, Heath Mathews has been called a "gifted young composer" who "writes with a clarity of musical voice." The compositional interests of Dr. Mathews include a wide range of musical genres and styles. Playing in rock and jazz groups in his youth, the composer draws influence equally from the vernacular music of contemporary culture, western art music, and world music. After completing his B.A. in music in 2000, Heath Mathews entered the graduate composition program at the University of Minnesota in 2001. Mathews has studied composition with Alex Lubet, Douglas Geers, Anthony Gatto, Bill Banfield, Christopher Hopkins (electro-acoustic music), Judith Zaimont (composition and orchestration) and Dominick Argento (orchestration). The composer completed a Ph.D. in music composition in 2007. As an educator, Dr. Mathews is an adjunct instructor for Troy University. He teaches courses in music fundamentals, popular music studies, music appreciation, and music theory. Mathews has maintained an interest in the area of popular music studies and has presented conference papers on topics such as the music of Jimi Hendrix and the music of Green Day. The composer has also served as a popular music panel chair at MPCA/ACA conferences and assisted in the design of undergraduate popular music courses at the University of Minnesota. Heath Mathews has received commissions from ensembles, theatrical production companies and individual performers. Dr. Mathews has also been the recipient of two Jerome Emerging Composer (JFund) awards, a Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, multiple ASCAP awards, and various arts grants.
Please visit: www.heathmathews.com
Norman Mathews' art songs were featured, along with the works of John Kander and Charles Strouse, at the Kennedy Center in a program of classical music written by theatre composers.
Mathews began his career as a Broadway and film dancer-singer-actor. After a back injury, he returned to school and earned a B.A. Degree in music from Hunter College and an M.A. Degree in music from New York University. His composition and orchestration teachers have included Richard Danielpour, Richard Hundley, and Charles Turner.
Songs of the Poet, a cycle composed to Walt Whitman poetry, was premiered in Germany by Gregory Wiest, an American tenor with the Munich Opera. Wiest recorded the work for Capstone Records (CPS 8646). His song, The Last Invocation, received the Recognition of Excellence award at the Fifth Diana Barnhart American Art Song Competition. Selections from Songs of the Poet were performed as part of a program entitled Whitman and Music, presented by The American Composers Orchestra. His string quartet was recently performed by ACM in Chicago. Next year, Mathews will be composer-in-residence at Shorter College. Mathews' works are published by Graphite Publishing.
His theatre works have been performed by Broadway luminaries Karen Mason (Outer Critics Circle Award), Michele Pawk (2003 Tony Award), Liz Callaway (Tony nominee), John Dossett (Tony nominee), and Debbie Gravitte (Tony Award). Mathews' one-woman musical play about Dorothy Parker, You Might as Well Live, was performed at the Harris Theatre of Music and Dance as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival with Broadway star Karen Mason. The play, in which Mrs. Parker's verses are set to music, has also been seen at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, and The York Theatre (starring Michele Pawk).
Please visit: www.normanmathews.com
Born in Texas in 1947, Michael Mauldin moved to New Mexico in 1971 for "the light, the space and the timelessness." He completed a graduate degree in composition, opened a music school, raised a family and wrote music. He was recognized in 1980 as the national Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association. In 1985, his Fajada Butte was performed in Kennedy Center by the National Repertory Orchestra for the 20th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches in Albuquerque and at his composing and teaching retreat near Cuba, New Mexico.
Mauldin first visited New Mexico in the 1950's when his father, a Presbyterian minister, brought his family to church retreats at Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu. Mauldin determined as a boy that he wanted to live in a place like that--a place that "not only surrounds you with space, but that opens up new space inside you."
His catalogue contains over 90 works, for students and professionals, from chamber music, orchestral and choral music, to pieces for harp, organ, guitar and piano. His music is tonal and accessible, yet distinctive and memorable. It often portrays the power and magic of the rugged beauty and ancient cultures of his adopted state of New Mexico.
Kevin McCarter writes music for chamber groups, solo performers, choral ensembles, and orchestras. His music has been performed in a variety of venues. The Chicago Chamber Orchestra gave the premiere of Opening Ideas at the Chicago Cultural Center. The Manhattan Choral Ensemble commissioned As the Earth Brings Forth Her Bud for a spring performance on the Columbia University campus. Central Brass performed Prelude and Excursion at a new music festival at the University of Central Missouri. The New York Composers Circle presented Early Voices on a program of chamber music and songs at Saint Peter’s Church in New York. Miniature Trio for Violin, Piano, and the Space Between the Notes was performed in conjunction with a poem on one of In Mid Air Productions’ programs in Rockaway NJ. McCarter’s organ music has been played at church services across the country as well as on recitals.
Three works have reached a wider audience than the others. Blossoms and a Breeze, a piece for flute, oboe, and clarinet, was written for the Ocean Wind Trio, who performed it on several of their programs. It has also been played by other ensembles, including New Music North in Thunder Bay ON. Three Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson received an Encore grant, leading to performances in Paris, Vienna, Rome, and cities in the American Midwest. Other sopranos have sung the songs on recitals in New York and Virginia. Opening Ideas, in addition to concert performances, was recorded for Masterworks of the New Era, Volume 8 (ERM Media) and has been heard on a number of radio broadcasts.
McCarter earned his bachelor's degree at Principia College, where his studies included composition, piano, and organ. He also earned a Master of Music in accompanying from the University of Southern California and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Maryland.
(b. 1977) is a composer, theorist, and teacher at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has crafted works for numerous contemporary ensembles. His music has been performed in the United States and throughout Europe, including performances and recordings with the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Lviv, and the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. He has also received commissions from the Amici Della Musica and Musica e Cultura associations in Italy. In July 2009, his work Che La Tua Fede Non Venga Scossa (Let Not Your Faith Tremble) - written for the victims of the April 2009 earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy, - was featured on the Italian television stations Sky Italia, Teleponte, and Telemare. The world premiere of La Pioggia nel Pineto will be held in D'Annunzio's home province of Abruzzo in July 2010.
After completing undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, he received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University where his principal composition teachers included Charles Wuorinen and Gerald Chenoweth.
Elliott Miles McKinley's music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Commissions include those from the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the SOLI Chamber Music Ensemble, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Duquesne University Contemporary Ensemble, and the Martinů String Quartet. His orchestral works have been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Czech Radio Symphony, and his music has been featured on international festivals including the Alba International Music Festival in Italy, the BGSU Contemporary Music Festival, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, and the University of Minnesota SPARK Festival. McKinley is a recipient of a number of awards and fellowships including a BMI Student Composer Award, a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, grants from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, and the American Composers Forum. In 2009, McKinley was awarded a New Frontiers for the Arts and Humanities grant from Indiana University and has also received two Faculty Research Support Grants from Indiana University. In 2010-2011 McKinley served as composer-in-residence at InverHills College in Minnesota.
McKinley holds a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Minnesota. Among principal teachers are John McNeil in jazz performance studies and composers Malcolm Peyton, Alex Lubet, Doug Geers, David Gompper, George Wilson, Michael Daugherty, and William Bolcom.
Active as a performer and improviser, McKinley is a founding member of earWorm, an electroacoustic improvisation ensemble. He is currently Chair of the Department of Music and Assistant Professor of Music and Informatics at Indiana University East.
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William Thomas McKinley (December 9, 1938 - February 3, 2015) was an American composer and jazz pianist born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania). He wrote more than 300 musical compositions, many of which have been recorded by such ensembles as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony. McKinley was the recipient of numerous honors, including an award and citation from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and eight National Endowment for the Arts grants. He is also among the founders of the label MMC Recordings. His son Elliott Miles McKinley is also a composer. He died on 3 February 2015.
Unabashedly tonal and delightfully anachronistic, the music of American composer Scott Michal combines lyric, harmonic and rhythmic ingenuity with exceptional craftsmanship in a unique stylistic manner that remains true to the spirit of the great masters. Neo-classic in form and tonality, innovative and original in content, Scott’s music is always fun to listen to, and fun to perform.
Rooted in his own experiences as a professional cellist and pianist, Michal is a performer’s composer. Playing cello in the Columbus Symphony for 13 seasons, and accompanying and conducting great musicians from around the world, he has been immersed in music-making nearly all of his life. The son and grandson of piano teachers, he has devoted much of his life to teaching, constantly seeking innovative ways to share his deep love of music with his students.
For nearly ten years Michal served as Composer-in-Residence to The Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Center. While there, his works were performed regularly by the resident ensembles of the center, The Ohio Valley Symphony, The Ohio Valley Youth Orchestra, The Ariel Players and Junior Theaters and the Ariel String Quartet. In 2004 he joined the faculty of the University of Rio Grande teaching a popular Music Appreciation course, composition and song writing, piano and strings, and is developing an immersive entrepreneurship program for the performing arts.
His music is performed by orchestras and musicians throughout the world. A new musical (Michal’s fourth) premiered in March 2011. The Huntington Symphony Orchestra premiered A Klezmer Chanukah! in December of 2010, and his Cello Sonata was recently performed to great acclaim in a multi-city tour throughout Turkey. New projects include Song of the Mountain celebrating the legacy of John Muir, a commission for Cincinnati Symphony Principal Hornist Elizabeth Freimuth, Rock Music combining motives from Classic Rock standards with a brief introduction to geology being written for Trio 21 featuring Jeffery Biegel, Judy Kang and Robert DeMaine, and the Prairie Sonata, for Taiwanese pianist Helen Linn, celebrating the life of his grandmother, Bertha Tice who in the early years of the twentieth century traveled throughout north central Kansas to teach piano lessons for isolated pioneer homesteads.
Michal’s music is available from Hal Leonard, Willis Music, ALRY, Dramatic Publishing and his own company, The Naragon Music Press. His website has streaming audio clips of many of his works, downloadable perusal scores and information on purchasing or renting his music.
Timothy Lee Miller (b. 1961) is a prolific American composer writing unique contemporary concert music for various chamber ensembles, orchestra, wind ensemble, and voice, as well as jazz music for small ensembles and big band. He has also written for several film and TV projects.
Born in Louisville KY but raised in Knoxville TN, Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in instrumental music education from the University of Tennessee where he studied composition with John Anthony Lennon. After a period of teaching high school band, he earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami where he studied media writing and production and jazz with James Progris and Ron Miller. He has written scores for several films while in Miami, and later after moving to Los Angeles. However, his primary focus is concert music. In addition to Lennon, Progris and Miller, his primary teachers have been Tamar Diesendruck, Jonathan Bailey Holland and Andy Jaffe. His current mentor is violinist/composer Roger Zahab.
Miller’s music is said to be programmatic in nature, perhaps due to his background in film music. However, he prefers to think of it as "descriptive," meaning that his music describes scenes or events in sound. He cites his main influences to be Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Mahler, Resphigi, and Copland, although he is an avid listener of all types of music and likes to incorporate jazz harmonies and elements into his music. He has a great interest in history and things of old and strives to depict events from history in his music.
He has received numerous commissions and awards, including several ASCAP awards. His Kid's Play: A Fun Suite for Orchestra was awarded a Distinguished and Special Mention at the 2009 IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Ragusa, Italy. His six-part a cappella setting of a Madison J. Cawein poem, "The Garden of Dreams," was a winner in the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011, and his choral setting of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem "The Day Is Done" was a finalist in the same competition. His most recent commissions include Song On May Morning (SATB a cappella) for Anadarko High School, Anadarko OK and Jubilate Deo (TTBB a cappella) for Voces Capituli of Antwerp, Belgium. His music is published and distributed exclusively through Tomato Lettuce Mustard Music Publishing, his own company.
Born in Valencia in 1988 to Italian immigrants and moving to the United States at an early age, Carmine Filippo Miranda (Carmine Miranda) is a Venezuelan-American cellist, international soloist and recording artist. Carmine began his musical studies at the age of seven at the Carabobo State Music Conservatory in Venezuela, where he studied his first years of Theory and Solfege, finally graduating from the Private Institute of Musical Education or I.P.E.M. He studied with cellists Luisa Fuentes, Valmore Nieves and William Molina, at the Latin-American Academy of Violoncello, and the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music (the institution that spawned the famous “El Sistema”). At the same time he was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra of Beethoven under the direction of Giuseppe Sinoppoli.
In the U.S. he studied with cellists Ross Harbaugh, Lee Fiser (LaSalle String Quartet) and is a pupil of cellist Yehuda Hanani at the University Of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he obtained a Bachelors of Arts in music, Master’s Degree and Doctorate’s degree candidacy. He has participated in several music competitions as a soloist and chamber player winning several recognitions and awards at a national and international level. Among them include: the Coral Gables Music Club Award for “Best Instrumentalist”, won the first prize of the 2005 Alhambra Music Competition, 2005-2006 National Orchestra Award for “Best Soloist” from the FMEA (Florida Music Educators Association), the 08-09 University of Cincinnati Cello Competition, a Distinguished Award from the 2012 IBLA international competition, “Gold”, “Silver” and “Bronze” Medals from the 2014 Global Music Awards for Best Of Show (GMA's highest honor), Best Emerging Artist, Best Instrumentalist, a 2015 Hollywood Music in Media Awards nomination and also a laureate of Fischoff, Concert Artist Guild and Hudson Valley Competitions.
Carmine’s performances and recordings have appeared in radio stations all over the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. An avid soloist, he has performed with several chamber ensembles and orchestras including: Caracas Municipal Symphony, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, South Czech Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic, among others. Carmine has also performed in prominent concert halls and music festivals around the world including Carnegie Hall (NYC), Smetana Hall (CZ), the Aula Magna Hall (VE), International Český Krumlov Music Festival, Parma Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Close Encounters with Music Series in Great Barrington, NY and many more. Carmine has collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists such as Yehuda Hanani, Awadagin Pratt, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Yuriy Yanko, Mario Košík, Petr Vronský, Spanish composer Luis Serrano Alarcón and Grammy Nominated composer Michael Hoppé.
At the age of twenty two and twenty three, Carmine recorded the Six Cello Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach under the label Centaur Records and Alfredo Piatti’s 12 Caprices for Solo Cello under the label Navona Records, joining the ranks of the youngest in the world to record these entire works. In 2013 Carmine completed the United States premiere of Nikita Koshkin's "L'istesso Tempo" composition for cello and guitar and in 2015 completed a world premiere recording of Yves Ramette’s sonata for cello and piano. He was also selected to represent the University of Cincinnati as a soloist for a multi-state American tour with the CCM Wind Orchestra culminating with an opening night performance at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conference in North Carolina’s Aycock Auditorium. As a scholar, Carmine wrote an article published in one of the oldest musicological journals in the U.K. (The Musical Times, London, Spring 2016) where he uncovered a codex written by Robert Schumann in his Cello Concerto.
Likewise, Carmine is the president and founder of the independent electronic music label and production company RLU Records, equally skilled as an electronic and dance music composer, producer and DJ under the pseudonym “45trona Ut”. Currently Carmine Miranda is a recording artist for PARMA Recordings, and plays on a 2005 Jules Azzi cello made in New York City. Carmine is a Dogal USA artist and performs on Dogal’s Montagnana strings handmade in Venice, Italy.
To learn more about Carmine Miranda please visit www.carminemiranda.com.
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A native of Texas, Mel Mobley (b. 1966) currently resides and teaches in Monroe, Louisiana. He holds degrees from the University of Texas, University of South Florida, and University of Illinois. Active as a performer, composer, and advocate of new music, Mel has been involved in new music festivals and performances all around the country. Performed here and abroad, his works include orchestral, band, chamber, choral, and electronic music. His largest work to date, a chamber opera titled Sylvan Beach, premiered in the spring of 2010. His percussion trio with piano titled [pleez], (plez), /pliz/ was released on the 2013 Revello Records compact disc, Piano Concerti with Percussion Orchestra.
Commissions include Tributaries (Louisiana Music Teachers Association), Concerto for Wood (Monroe Symphony Orchestra), [pleez], (plez), /pliz/ (Three-Headed Monster), and multiple individual commissions. His recent collaborations with dancer Tina Mullone have worked to break down the barrier between dancer and musician as well as between live and recorded performance. His compositions seek to inspire varied and new interpretations of the possibilities of music/art from both performers and audiences. Mel was the 2014 Louisiana Music Teachers Association (LMTA) commissioned composer of the year and has had recent premieres performed by the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, The Black Bayou Brass Trio, and the ULM Wind Ensemble.
Dr. Mobley is the head of music composition and theory at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he currently holds the Biedenharn Endowed Professorship in Music. He is an active member of the Louisiana chapter of the National Composer’s Association, USA (NACUSA) as well as a member of the Louisiana Composers’ Consortium (LCC), the Southeastern Composers’ League (SCL), the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music (SEAMUS), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
More information about his music can be found at www.melmobley.com
Composer, oboist, and teacher Patricia Morehead is the founder of CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. She is currently Congress Chair and has been president of the International Alliance of Women in Music. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music (B.M. in oboe) and The University of Chicago (Ph.D. in composition) and diplomas from the Royal Toronto Conservatory of Music (Canada), the Conservatoire National de Musique (Paris, France) and the Accademia Chigiana (Siena, Italy). She has concertized as an oboist in North and South America, Europe and Asia. She made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1977, and she has commissioned and premiered more than 60 works written for her family of oboes.
Morehead has been the recipient of more than forty commissions and several "Meet the Composer” grants, and she was chosen as a 2002 Chicagoan of the Year in classical music by Chicago Tribune music critic John von Rhein. She was commissioned by North/South Consonance (2009) for Disquieted Souls (English horn solo with double quintet of strings and winds) that she premiered in New York City in June 2009. In July 2009 her Three Icons of the Feminine Divine (oboe, English horn, contraforte and piano) was premiered at the International Double Reed Conference (Birmingham, England). Her composition Prairie Portraits was premiered by Caroline Hove of the LA Philharmonic in Muncie IN at her English horn workshop. Morehead is currently working on an opera project, Black Hawk Speaks. She is on the faculty of Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches composition and music history, and is leader of the Composers Forum at the Merit School of Music. She is a mentor with an online young composers project (vtmidi.org) and an Associate of the Canadian Music Center. You can learn more about Morehead at www.patriciamorehead.com.
Craig Morris began his compositional studies at eleven years old. Since then he has added violin, piano and voice to his musical education and studied under Shirley Bloom, Kevin Scott and Joelle Wallach. He has been a violinist with the Bronx Symphony Orchestra for forty years and has worked professionally as a cantor. His music has been performed by the Bronx Symphony Orchestra, the CETA Orchestra of New York, the North Jersey Symphony, Fifth International Music Festival of Buenos Aires, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Chamber Music Society of Formosa, members of the Amasi Trio, the Gregg Smith Singers and the Nyack College Chorale.
His compositions include three piano sonatas and several piano suites, orchestral pieces including several suites, a clarinet concerto, a violin concerto, a cello rhapsody, a concert duet for soprano and tenor, choral compositions and a sacred service for the Sabbath (published in the Journal of Synagogue Music). Two recent choral compositions, Arise My Love and The Rubaiyat, were chosen as finalists in the 2010 Meistersingers Choral Competition and four of his choral works were recorded in 2011 by the Composer's Choir in Hamden CT.
His music has been hailed as "extremely intelligent, complex and powerful," "beautiful, lively and moving," and "very individual yet totally accessible."
Morris is a child psychiatrist and an assistant professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. A native New Yorker, he has lived in New City NY for many years with his wife Nancy.
Stephen L. Mosko (1947-2005) was born in Denver, where his early musical education was fostered by conductor Antonia Brico. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 1969 studying with Donald Martino and Gustav Meier, and his M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1972 studying with Mel Powell, Leonard Stein, and Morton Subotnick.
Mosko's compositions have been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Sacramento Symphony, SONOR, California EAR Unit, Monday Evening Concerts, Group for New Music of New York, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the New York New Music Ensemble, La Camerata of Mexico, and at the Ojai, Tanglewood, and June in Buffalo festivals. His awards include an NEA Composers Fellowship, two BMI awards, the Fromm Foundation Award to West Coast Composers, and awards from the International Society of Bassists, Chicago Society of Composers, the Percussion Group of Cincinnati, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. He received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, the Sacramento Symphony, the University of Indiana, and the Southwest Chamber Music Society. He was the featured composer at the 1989 Sacramento New American Music Festival.
Mosko was for ten years the music director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and was principal conductor of the Griffin Ensemble of Boston. He also served as music director of the Chicago Contemporary Players. He was guest conductor on numerous occasions with the San Francisco Symphony and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also appeared as conductor at the Holland Festival, Ojai Festival, Foro International de Musica Nueva in Mexico City, Minnesota Opera, Monday Evening Concerts, Boston's Collage and Dinosaur Annex ensembles, Merkin Hall Music Today Ensemble, the Schoenberg Ensemble (Holland), the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, and at the Kennedy Center. He was music director of the 1984 Olympic Arts Contemporary Music Festival and the 1987 Los Angeles Festival (John Cage Celebration), and was the conductor of the Fromm Music Week at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Mosko was the music director of the 1990 Ojai Music Festival. He recorded for New World, Crystal, Mode One, Robey, CMP, GM, Nonesuch, New Albion, Newport Classics, Chandos, OO Discs, and Cambria.
Mosko served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, the MacDowell Colony, and the California Arts Council, and was a member of the board of the American Music Center. Mosko was an expert in the field of Icelandic folk music, having received two Senior Fulbright/Hayes Fellowships to Iceland, and was a founding member of the Repercussion Unit. He was Associate Professor of Music at Harvard University for two years, but spent most of his career as a member of the composition faculty at the California Institute of the Arts. Stephen "Lucky" Mosko died at his home in Green Valley, California, on December 5, 2005, of natural causes.
Gráinne Mulvey was born in Dublin. She studied under Professor Nicola LeFanu and
gained a D.Phil. in Composition at the University of York in 1999. She also holds an
M.A. in Composition from Queens University, Belfast and a B.A. (Hons) Degree from Waterford Institute of Technology, under Dr. Eric Sweeney. She was appointed Head of Composition at Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2001. She has been external examiner for the B.Mus. Composition Course, at Trinity College Dublin the B.Mus. Ed. Composition Course, at the Royal Academy of Music. Since 2009 and at present, she is W.I.T. Composition External Examiner. She has also been involved with composition outreach educational workshops. In 2001 and in 2010-2011, she was on the adjudicator's panel for the Guido d'Arezzo Composers' Composition Competition in Italy. Her cello and tape piece Syzygy has been reviewed in Musicology Review Vol. 6 and her Trinity Fanfare for two trumpets and organ is published by Prairie Dawg Press, New York. Her two choral works Dead Earth and Sanctus are due to be published by Sulasol Press. Her trio bassoon piece Rí Rá is also due to be published by Prairie Dawg Press, New York.
Her music has been widely performed both in Ireland and abroad and she has received many broadcasts of her work by radio stations across the globe. One of her earliest works, Etude for piano (1994) was selected for that year's International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, an honor that was to be repeated with 2004's orchestral piece, Scorched Earth. She was a featured composer in the 2007 Horizons concert series, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Houlihan, performing three of her orchestral works. She has the distinction of being selected for the ISCM World Music Days in two consecutive years with Akanos, for orchestra (Lithuania, 2008)and Stabat Mater, for 17 voices a cappella (Växjü, Sweden, 2009).
She has won various prestigious competitions, and received many awards, commissions and performances, notably from Concorde and Jane O'Leary, (who have championed her music both in Ireland and abroad), the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia (UK), the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), pianists Cheryl Pauls (Canada) and Slawomir Zubrzycki (Poland), the Bruce Gbur Bassoon Ensemble (USA), the Tampere Raw Ensemble (Finland), trombonist Barrie Webb, BlackHair (UK), flautist Joe O'Farrell, cellist Martin Johnson (principal, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra), ACME Ensemble (USA), Matthew Schellhorn (pianist), and others.
She has attended many composition courses over the years, studying with Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Harvey, Louis Andriessen, Kaija Saariaho and Boguslaw Schaeffer to name but a few. Two of her pieces, Sextet Uno and Rational Option Insanity, were recorded by the Concorde Ensemble for the Black Box label in 1999. Her Soundscape for violin, cello, percussion and tape was issued on CD by the Avantgarde Akademie in Schwaz, Austria in 1996. Both Scorched Earth and Akanos have been broadcast widely throughout the world, and Akanos was included on the album Contemporary Music from Ireland, Vol. 7 (CMC). She was recently the subject of an in-depth profile on Swiss Radio and a program of her major orchestral pieces was aired by Slovenian Radio in 2009. Performances of her works will take place in Chicago, Brazil and Portugal in 2013. She is a member of Aosdána, Ireland's organization of creative artists.
Zae Munn is Professor of Music at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana where she has taught composition and theory courses since 1990. She is the Director of the Summer Composition Intensive at Saint Mary's College and has taught at Interlochen Arts Camp, Bowdoin College, Transylvania University, and Lehigh University. Her DMA and MM degrees in composition are from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her BM in composition is from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. Born in 1953, Munn's early musical training was as a cellist, with additional studies in piano, voice, and conducting. Over three dozen of her works for chamber groups, orchestra, choir, and solo voice are published by Arsis Press, Balquhidder Music, Earthsongs, Frank E. Warren Music, HoneyRock, JOMAR Press, Tempo Press, and Yelton Rhodes Music. Recordings are available from Capstone Records, Centaur Records, and Pro Organo.
The music of composer Michael Murray (b. 1964) has been described as "well crafted," "expertly and adroitly handled," and consisting of "pleasing washes of sounds and tone colors." Reviewers have praised his writing for voice as "excellent," "lovely," and "a gift to singers." In addition to works for the concert hall, he has written music for film, theater productions, dance, and visual arts installations. He currently lives in Springfield, Missouri, where he teaches composition and music theory at Missouri State University.
Murray has won awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. His music has been performed and recorded across the United States and Europe, featured in venues in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, the Czech Republic, and over 20 different states and the District of Columbia. Incidental music and sound design Murray composed for Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice was featured in the International Prague Quadrennial Scenofest exhibition of theater design. Among his commissions are those from the Missouri Chamber Players and the music fraternities of Missouri State University. He earned his BM in composition from the Catholic University of America and his MM and DMA in composition from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to coming to MSU, he taught at Loyola University in New Orleans and Angelo State University (Texas). His music is published by Ars Nova Press.
Musica Pacifica has, since its founding in 1990, become widely recognized as one of America’s premier baroque ensembles, lauded for both the dazzling virtuosity and the warm expressiveness of its performances. They have been described by the press as "some of the finest baroque musicians in America" (American Record Guide) and "among the best in the world" (Alte Musik Aktuell). At home in the San Francisco Bay area, the artists perform with Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists, and appear with many other prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad. The Washington Post noted: "the effect was transporting––a small miracle of precision and musical electricity."
They have performed on some of the most prestigious concert series in the U.S., including the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, Music Before 1800 and the Frick Collection (NY), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), the Cleveland Art Museum, Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC), Pittsburgh Renaissance and Baroque, Seattle Early Music Guild, Early Music Society of the Islands (Victoria, BC) and Houston Early Music Society, among many others. The ensemble has been featured at the Berkeley Early Music Festival three times, and their first appearance there was cited in Early Music (UK) as "perhaps the standout of the entire festival." Their appearance on the mainstage at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2015 was reviewed as "little short of sensational... astonishing... breath-taking throughout" (The Boston Musical Intelligencer). They have performed at festivals in Germany and Austria and have been heard on German National radio as well as on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and “Harmonia” and on Minnesota Public Radio.
Musica Pacifica's previous eight album releases on the Virgin Classics, Dorian and Solimar labels have won national and international awards, including the highest ratings in several CD magazines and being chosen as "CD of the Month" by the early music journal Alte Musik Aktuell (Regensburg). Their last CD, Dancing in the Isles was lauded in the prestigious British journal, Gramophone as “one of the zestiest recordings of recent vintage," and featured on WFIU's nationally syndicated program, Harmonia; Fire Beneath My Fingers was featured as CD of the Week on Minnesota Public Radio and touted as " one of the most exciting Baroque recordings I’ve heard" on Audiophile Audition. Their Telemann CD won Chamber Music America and WQXR’s 2003 Record Award honoring the best chamber music recordings of the year, and their Mancini recording was cited as a "Noteworthy Disc" in the 2000 International Antonio Vivaldi Awards for Italian Early Music in Venice.
Online, Musica Pacifica can be heard on radio stations 1.fm, Last.fm, Celtic Radio, and Recorder-radio.com, as well as on Pandora, iTunes and Magnatune; and seen on youtube.com/MusicaPacificaSF.
Please visit their website: www.musicapacifica.org.
Czech violinist and producer Vít Muzík (b. 1972) is one of the most multifaceted musicians working on the contemporary classical music scene. His abilities both as a performer on the concert stage and in the recording booth have led to appearances on more than 60 recordings in the Navona and Ravello catalogs, making him one of PARMA Recordings' most frequent collaborators.
Muzík studied under Prof. Ladislav Gorula at the Janacek Conservatory of Ostrava in his native Czech Republic, and his pursuit of advanced studies on the violin later brought him to Mannes College at The New School for Music in New York NY, the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati OH, and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria under Sándor Végh. Since 2004, Muzík has served primarily as the Concertmaster for the world-renowned Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, frequently serving also as a producer for recording sessions held at Reduta Hall in the ensemble's home base in the historic city of Olomouc.
As a performer, his talents both as a chamber musician and as a soloist on the violin have brought him to concert stages across Europe and North America. PARMA Recordings is proud to present this collection of recordings that feature Muzík's facility and versatility as a violinist in this digital collection.