Ron Nagorcka (born 1948) composes in his hand-built solar-powered studio in a remote forest in Tasmania (the island state off Australia's south coast) where the natural world provides him with much of his inspiration. He has been exploring both music and nature since his childhood on an Australian sheep farm and studied music - including pipe organ, harpsichord, and composition - at the University of Melbourne and the University of California, San Diego. In the 1970s he was a prominent and influential figure in Melbourne as an innovative composer, teacher, keyboard performer and improviser with electronics. He was also one of the first non-indigenous musicians to master the didjeridu and pioneered its use in classical composition.
After moving to Tasmania in 1987, his unique and distinctive rhythmic and harmonic style soon gained him a popular local following, and since the late1990s, his audience has greatly expanded, with successful concerts in Japan, Rome, London, New York, Los Angeles, Sweden and Norway in recent years.
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Donald Nally begins his new role as director of choral organizations at Northwestern University this autumn. He is conductor of The Crossing, a professional chamber choir in Philadelphia focused on new music and winner of the 2009 and 2011 ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming. He is also chorus master of The Chicago Bach Project, an annual performance of the Bach master works; until recently he was music director of Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble. Donald has served in many prestigious international positions: as chorus master at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and at Welsh National Opera, and for many seasons at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Prior to Wales, Donald lived in Philadelphia where he was chorus master at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and music director of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, recipient of the 2002 Margaret Hillis National Award for Excellence in Choral Music. Donald holds a unique position in that over the last three seasons his ensembles have been listed in the Top Ten Classical Music Events by the major newspapers of Chicago, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati.
In the 2011-12 season, Donald conducted the opening of the International Festival of Sacred Music in Riga with the Latvian State Choir, was visiting professor in conducting at Indiana University and at the University of Illinois, and received both the alumni merit award from Westminster Choir College and the 2012 Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America. His book, Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt, was published in 2011.close
The music of ERIC NATHAN (b. 1983, New York NY) has been performed in the United States and abroad at music festivals including the Aldeburgh Music
Festival (UK), Tanglewood, Aspen, Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, Banff Centre, World Music Days, Yellow Barn as well as at the Louvre Museum and Carnegie Hall.
In June 2013, Nathan served as composer-in-residence at the Chelsea Music Festival (New York) and at Chamber Music Campania (Italy). Recent commissions include those from the New York Philharmonic for its 2014 Biennial, Tanglewood Music Center, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, and a Jerome Fund for New Music commission for the Momenta Quartet. Nathan's music has been presented by ensembles including Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Momenta Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, American Modern Ensemble, Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and Aspen Concert Orchestra, among others.
Nathan is a recipient of the 2013 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize, four ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award, BMI William Schuman Prize, and American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship. He received his Doctorate in Composition from Cornell University, an M.M. from Indiana University, and his B.A. from Yale College. His principal teachers include Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandstrom and Kathryn Alexander.
Composer and bassist Israel Neuman (b. 1966, Haifa, Israel) received a Ph.D. in composition and a M.A. in jazz studies at the University of Iowa, and a B.Mus. in jazz studies at the University of Hartford. He studied composition with Lawrence Fritts, John Eaton, David Gompper and John Rapson. He studied bass with Gary Karr, Michael Klinghoffer, Diana Gannett, Volkan Orhon, and Anthony Cox. He served as the instructor of the electronic composition class and as the studio assistant for the Electronic Music Studios at the University of Iowa. He performed and recorded with Robert Paredes, John Rapson, Brent Sandy, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery, and Steve Davis. In 2009, Mr. Neuman received an Honorable Mention Award in the International Horn Society Composition Contest. His compositions were performed at the 2010 SEAMUS National Conference (Minnesota), 2008 Electronic Music Midwest Festival (Illinois), and at the 2007 (Indiana) and 2008 (Iowa) Midwest Composers Symposium. In 2001, Mr. Neuman was commissioned to score music for the documentary film Class 2000 (by Yuval Cohen and Tammy Grosse), which was broadcasted by the Israeli First TV Channel.close
Brian Noyes grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, and began his music education by studying the classical guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, subsequently freelancing as a performer and teacher until his interest in composition took him to University College Cardiff and then Goldsmiths' College, London. This was the time, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when his first pieces were performed by ensembles such as Lontano, Music Projects London, Singcircle, etc., and also, pivotally for him as a composer, when he attended Dartington Summer School, under the tutelage of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and Aldeburgh School of Advanced Studies, with Sir Harrison Birtwistle. A growing family and the directorship of a busy music department at an international sixth form college (Atlantic College) near Cardiff, meant less time for composition but an increase in his conducting commitments with an annual European concert tour with his choir, music festivals to organize, and orchestras to conduct. Choral conducting studies (John Aldiss), a contemporary music ensemble, and a local choral society, all witness his thorough commitment to music. From the 1990s he reduced his extra activities and refocused on composition, when additional influences had the effect of showing him a route away from modernism to his own narrative language. The music of composers such as Schnittke, Kancheli, MacMillan, Glanert, was expressive, dramatic, lyrical, contemporary, and had some depth that said something. Similarly, the art of Matisse, Howard Hodgkin, and Marc Rothko, was palpably modern but exquisitely expressive. From the harmonies, orchestrations, aesthetic ideas, and even the slabs of untidy intense color that point towards an undisclosed indefinable meaning in Hodgkins' paintings, Brian was distilling influences and finding a way to his own language, which emerged most clearly in Points of Decision, the piece that was performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in February 2008, through his being a 'Shortlist Composer' for the 'Sound and Music' organization from 2007 until 2010. His music has also been performed by the Latvian Radio Choir, Cantemus Chamber Choir Wales, and most recently the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He retired from teaching and now lives in West Wales, composing full time.
Full biographical details, together with a complete list of works, their duration, instrumentation, etc., is available from Brian's web site: briannoyes.co.uk. Further links are available from its 'Contact' page.