Winner of the 2015 Astral Artists National Auditions and Gold Medalist of the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Viktor Valkov has been highly acclaimed by critics as a "lion of the keyboard" (Wiesbadener Kurier) and "sensational" (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung). In the 2013-2014 concert season he appeared in performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. Since 2002 Valkov has given recitals in the United States, Japan, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Greece, and Bulgaria. He has recorded for Bulgarian National Radio, Bulgarian National Television, and Macedonian National Television. In 2013 NAXOS released his first solo album featuring the complete music of Bulgarian composer Dimitar Nenov. He has studied with Michael Roll, Jerome Lowenthal, and Jon Kimura Parker.close
Jan Van der Roost was born in Duffel, Belgium in 1956. He studied trombone, music history and musical education at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven (Louvain) and continued his studies at the Royal Conservatoires of Ghent and Antwerp, where he qualified as a conductor and a composer.
Today, he teaches at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven (Belgium) and serves as special guest professor at the Shobi Institute of Music in Tokyo, guest professor at the Nagoya University of Art and visiting professor at Senzoku Gakuen in Kawasaki. Besides being a prolific composer, he is very much in demand as an adjudicator, lecturer, clinician and guest conductor. His increasing musical activities brought him to more than forty different countries on four continents, and his compositions are being performed and recorded all over the world. In early 2001, a full CD containing four of his works for chamber orchestra was released with EMI Classics, and the Slovakian Radio Symphony Orchestra recorded three of his compositions, which were released in early 2003 by the German label Valve-Hearts. In early 2004, Phaedra Records released an all-Van der Roost CD containing solo concertos for trumpet, guitar and horn.
His list of works represents a wide variety of genres and styles, including two oratorios, a symphony and some smaller works for symphony orchestra, a guitar concerto (dedicated to Joaquin Rodrigo), a concerto for trumpet and string orchestra (dedicated to and commissioned by the Norwegian virtuoso Ole Edvard Antonsen), a double concerto for two clarinets and string orchestra (dedicated to Walter and Anne Boeykens), a cyclus of lieder for baritone and chamber orchestra, works for string and chamber orchestra, chamber music, numerous brass and wind band compositions (including a three-movement symphony for large wind band), choral music, and a variety of instrumental solos. Many of these compositions have been broadcast on radio and television in various countries, and most of them have been recorded on CD by renowned performers all over the world. Van der Roost exclusively composes commissioned works from performers living in such countries as Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, the USA, Japan, Spain, France, Singapore, Austria, Canada, Norway, Germany, Finland, Luxembourg and Hungary.
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Barber, Adler, Van der Roost, Seroff, Gillett, Lach Lau, CrosbySculpting The Air: Modern Works For Wind Instruments
Born in New York City to German parents, Carl Vollrath attended Newton High School. He received a B.A. from Stetson University, a M.A. from Columbia University, and the ED.D from Florida State University. Vollrath studied composition with Ernst von Dohnanyi, Carlisle Floyd, and John Boda. He served with the West Point Military Band at West Point NY from 1953 to 1956 and was a music
consultant in Miami FL from 1956 to 1958. He joined the Troy University (AL) faculty in 1965.
Major works include 6 symphonies for band, an opera - The Quest - and a large collection of chamber music, all published by Tap Music (firstname.lastname@example.org). In the last 10 years, MMC Recordings (mmcrecordings.com) has released 3 albums of Vollrath's works, including a 2-disc album of clarinet works recorded by Richard Stoltzman entitled Jack's Fat Cat (2008).
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Ruud van Eeten (b. 1973) composed his first
pieces when he was 11 years old. He earned Bachelor's degrees in Orchestral Conducting and Theory of Music at the Brabants Conservatory of Tilburg, and received his Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.
Van Eeten's music can be described as intuitive. His musical childhood and teenage years had a big influence on his musical language. As a choir boy he sang Gregorian music and as a trombone player in a wind orchestra, he heard many different kinds of music which, in a way, are present in his language.
In many ways, van Eeten was also influenced by his part in the generation that was in the beginning of the electronic dance music. His music can be described as harmonic, rhythmical, and open in style.
Composer, violinist, and poet Patricia Van Ness draws upon elements of medieval and Renaissance music to create a signature voice that has been hailed by musicians, audiences, and critics. She has been called a modern-day Hildegard von Bingen (Gary Higginson, Music Web Uk; and Gaby Beinhorn, Suedwestrundfunk, Germany), with her ability to compose music "ecstatic and ethereal," "both ancient and new" (Gaby Beinhorn, Suedwestrundfunk, Germany; Susan Larson, The Boston Globe). As in medieval aesthetics, her music and poetry explore the relationship between beauty and the Divine.
Patricia Van Ness's work has had an impact that is both local and global. She is Staff Composer for First Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Peter Sykes, Music Director) and has been an invited lecturer at Harvard University and Boston University. Her music has been commissioned, premiered, and performed by numerous musicians and organizations throughout the world, including The King's Singers (UK), Chanticleer, the Heidelberg New Music Festival Ensemble, Mannerquartett Schnittpunktvokal (Austria), the Celebrity Series in Boston, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Peter Sykes, Coro Allegro, and the Harvard University Choir. Her work has been presented in Rome and Assisi in Italy; the Musica Sacra Festival in Maastricht, Holland; and in halls and cathedrals throughout Italy, Austria, Finland, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Latin America, Canada, Latvia, Russia, and the United States. She has been awarded residencies with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and with Coro Allegro.
Ms. Van Ness has received numerous awards and grants, including the 2011 Daniel Pinkham Award from Coro Allegro (David Hodgkins, Artistic Director). Europe's prestigious 2005 Echo Klassik Prize was awarded to the ensemble Tapestry (Laurie Monahan, Director) for their recording Sapphire Night with music by Hildegard von Bingen and a nine-movement work by Patricia Van Ness, and Chamber Music America awarded “Album of the Year” to Tapestry’s The Fourth River, containing two of Van Ness’s works.
Ms. Van Ness has embarked on a multi-year project, Music for the Psalms, composing works for each of the 150 Psalms using chant, chant-based polyphony, solo voice song cycles, and homophony.
Her scores are available on her website. My Heart is a Holy Place is published by The King’s Singers Choral Series, distributed by the Hal Leonard Corporation and available here.
Ms. Van Ness is a member of American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and the International Alliance for Women in Music. She is a former member of the Board of the Cambridge Society for Early Music and currently serves on the Musical Advisory Board of Cappella Clausura (Amelia LeClair, Artistic Director). She lives on the coast of Maine with her husband, Peter Marks.close
The music of Peter Van Zandt Lane (b. 1985, Port Jefferson NY) has been described as having "Propulsive rhythms" and "surprising lyricism" and has been praised by musicians and critics alike (Boston Musical Intelligencer) as music that "gives an amazing first impression." A Boston-based composer and bassoonist, Peter writes passionately for ensembles of all types, and often employs the use of electronics in his compositions. With backgrounds in classical performance and rock, contemporary theory and music engineering, he draws on his diverse experiences to create music that is fresh, genuine, and widely appealing.
Peter's compositions have been performed across the United States, as well as in Europe and South America by acclaimed musicians and ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Triton Brass, Quux Collective, Freon Ensemble (Rome), and The New York Virtuoso Singers. He has received commissions from Dinosaur Annex, EAR Duo (Amsterdam), and The Composers Conference at Wellesley College, and has been the recipient of several awards and prizes. Peter is the founder and bassoonist for Avalerion Winds, General Manager of Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, and was a member of Composers in Red Sneakers, a historic Boston-based composers consortium. His music has been featured across the nation at various music festivals.
Peter is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition and Theory at Brandeis University, and holds degrees from Brandeis, and the University of Miami Frost School of Music. His principle composition teachers include Melinda Wagner, Eric Chasalow, David Rakowsi, and Lansing McLoskey. He studied bassoon with Luciano Magnanini.close
Jorge Variego (b. 1975, Rosario, Argentina) has a Doctorate degree in Music Composition from the University of Florida; a master's of music degree in composition and clarinet Performance from Carnegie Mellon University; and a J.D. equivalent from the National University of Rosario. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Composition, Theory and Woodwinds at Valley City State University.
Actively involved with technology in sound and music, Variego has been a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, having created or performed a great deal of works for clarinet and electronics in the U.S., Europe, and South America. He participated in many international computer music festivals such as MATA, SEAMUS, EMS, and Sonoimagenes, and can be heard on many albums, including his most recent solo album Necessity (2010) which was released with Albany Records.
As a recipient of numerous grants, prizes, and commissions, Variego wrote pieces that were premiered at the Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival, the National Flute Association Convention, and the 2011 season of the Symphonic Orchestra of Rosario. He also holds an active schedule as a lecturer/performer, in; August 2012, he was resident artist at the Centro Mexicano para la Musica y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) being involved with the production of an album exclusively dedicated to new music.
Variego was awarded first prize in the Carlos Guastavino Composition Contest (Mozarteum Santa Fe, Argentina), first prize in the Jorge Pe–a Hen Composition Contest for youth orchestras sponsored by the Foundation of Youth Orchestras of Chile, and Premio Tribunas de Musica Argentina 2007, sponsored by Fundacion Encuentros de Musica Contemporanea. He was also finalist in the Fresh Ink composition competition in 2008 and also selected national finalist in the SCI/ASCAP Commission Competition in 2008 and 2011.
Miran Vaupotic was born in 1982 in Zagreb, Croatia. He studied at the Ino Mirkovich Music Academy under license of Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky in Lovran and the Faculty of Arts in Pula, where he graduated in 2005. He now teaches accordion at Zlatko Balokovic Music School.
Miran has an active musical and accordion career. He has performed as a soloist with several orchestras and ensembles, including the Rucner String Quartet, Zagreb Soloists, Rijeka Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. His performances were recorded for the Croatian National radio and television network and broadcasted by Croatian, Portuguese, French, Canadian, and Romanian radio stations. Miran has also collaborated with important composers and premiered the works of A. Markovic, T. Uhlik, D. Palanovic, D. Bobic, and others. He performed the Croatian premiere of Eshaton Conncerto by Davor Bobic, which is the first bayan concerto in the history of Croatian music.
Miran also performs as a member of the Acco Duo, where he combines talents with his wife, accordionist Ivana Levak Vaupotic. Their musical partnership has resulted in a unique repertoire and as a duo they have toured Europe extensively and collaborated on the CD Romance, published on the international label of Classic Concert Records in Salzburg.
Miran’s repertoire is exceptionally broad, including contemporary accordion music, transcriptions from various periods, new tango, concertos and chamber music. Recently, inspired by the music of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla, Miran began including characteristic bandoneón in his performances.close
Symphonic, solo, choral, chamber, theater and electronic music composer Carlos Alberto Vázquez is among the most versatile and outstanding Latin American contemporary composers coming from the Caribbean basin. Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Vázquez studied music at the University of Puerto Rico, University of Pittsburgh, New York University and La Sorbonne in Paris, where he earned a Doctoral degree.
Since 1972 Vazquez' works have been premiered and played in various countries across the Americas and Europe. He has been invited to over 20 renowned international music festivals and commissioned by the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the Interamerican Music Council of the Organization of American States, the University of Puerto Rico and the Casals Festival. He has also been an active organizer, producer, lecturer and editor. He was founder and first President of the Puerto Rico National Association of Composers.
As a scholar he has lectured in Latin America, Spain and the US on his electronic music as well as Puerto Rican traditional and contemporary music. Since 1978 he has taught at the University of Puerto Rico. He was also Artist in Residence at Kean University in 1993 and has been guest lecturer on composition at the Gerhart Munch workshop at the Conservatorio de la Rosas in Morelia, Mexico; and at the Jornadas de Informática y Electrónica Musical of Madrid. For more info please visit carlosvazquez.tripod.comclose
Washington DC native Elizabeth Vercoe (b. 1941) was called "one of the most inventive composers working in America today" by The Washington Post. She has worked as a composer in the United States and abroad, including at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy, the St. Petersburg Spring Music Festival in Russia, the Cité International des Arts in Paris, and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. She has written works on commission for Wellesley College, Austin Peay State University, the Pro Arte Orchestra, and the First National Congress on Women in Music. Her music has been performed by the Memphis Chamber Symphony, the Women's Philharmonic in San Francisco, the Boston Musica Viva, Alea III, and the Great Noise Ensemble in Washington DC. Awards include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Artists Foundation, and the Massachusetts Arts Council.
Described by Gardner Read as "an exceptionally gifted composer with a fine technical command and a keen sensitivity to sound materials," she has attended concerts of her music in London, Paris, Bangkok, New York, and San Francisco, including international festivals in Russia and Alaska and collaborative programs of music and dance with the Beth Soll Dance Company. Following her doctoral degree at Boston University, she has promoted women's music as a board member of the International League of Women Composers, Director of the Women's Music Festival/85, and author of articles on the subject. In 2003 she held the Acuff Chair of Excellence at Austin Peay State University and she continues to teach at Regis College outside of Boston.
Recorded on Owl, Capstone, Leonarda and Centaur compact discs and published principally by Arsis Press, her music includes the Herstory series of vocal works on texts by women, staged monodramas on John Brown and Joan of Arc, Changes for orchestra, a violin concerto and music for various chamber combinations. A dissertation (J. Capaldo, Elizabeth Vercoe: Composing Her Story) about her vocal music is available online.close
Nicholas Vines (b.1976, Sydney) is an Australian composer particularly active in the US and at home. Described as “compellingly original” (Boston Phoenix), “full, extravagant and wild” (Sydney Morning Herald), and “kitchen-sink expressionism; edgy, bright and entertaining as hell” (NewMusicBox), his music has been performed in Australia, North America, the UK, Europe and Japan. Interpreters of Vines’ work cover the professional, specialist and amateur gamut, including Alarm Will Sound, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Radius Ensemble, Ensemble Offspring, the Australian Voices, the Schola Cantorum Gedanesis Chamber Choir, the BT Scottish Ensemble, Eliot Gattegno , Liwei Qin, and ensembles of Sydney Grammar School and MLC School, Burwood. He has received commissions from established organisations around the world, such as the Callithumpian Consort, Firebird Ensemble, Guerilla Opera, Primary Duo, ChamberMade Opera, the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 2MBS FM Radio (Sydney), Ars Musica Australis, the Australia Council, Duo Young Music, mmm…, Faber Music and the Tait Memorial Trust.
Recognition for Vines’ work includes 2011 and 2012 Australasian Performing Right Association/ Australian Music Centre Art Music Awards for (respectively) Jane Sheldon’s renditions of Economy of Wax and Zubin Kanga’s performance of Uncanny Valley; runner-up in the 2010 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute for Three Scenes from Suburbia; a semi-finals position in the 2009 Opera Vista Competition (Houston), resulting in a performance of excerpts from The Sepulchre of Love; a 2006 Green Room Award and 2007 Helpmann Award (opera categories) for ChamberMade’s production of The Hive; an honourable mention in the 2006 Salvatore Martirano Memorial International Composition Competition (USA) for Dolmen of New Albion; 2nd Prize in the ‘Musica Sacra 2005’ International Composers Competition (Poland) for Ave Generosa; the 1998 Australian Voices Young Composer Award for the choral work The Lion's County; and the 1996 Bernard Shore Composition Award (UK) for The Underside Revealed. In the 2010 summer season, he was a Fellow in Composition at the Tanglewood Music Center (Lenox, MA), having been awarded the Otto Eckstein Family Fellowship.
One piece of Vines’, Firestick, is published by Faber Music (London), several others have been selected for the Australian Composers Online Project and Alexander Street Press’ Classical Scores Library, and the remainder are available through the Australian Music Centre. An album of Vines’ compositions, featuring performances by the Callithumpian Consort of The Butcher of Brisbane, Economy of Wax and Torrid Nature Scene, is out on Navona Records. Other 2013 releases include pianist Zubin Kanga’s realisation of Uncanny Valley on Move Records and the Ehsgee Collective’s of Der Alte on Motorik. The Australian Music Centre selected his works as official submissions to the ISCM World Music Days for two years (2006, 2007), and he has been the New Works Program Coordinator for New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice since 2007.
Vines’ music has been heard widely over recent years, with renditions such as Les Effaceurs by Maarten Stragier (Boston, San Francisco, Brussels), Of Rhytonous Things by Harmonious Blacksmith (DC), Uncanny Valley by Zubin Kanga (Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Canberra), Contra Benzoid by the Sydney Grammar Senior Cello Ensmble, Economy of Wax by Firebird Ensemble, the Tanglewood Fromm Players and Callithumpian Consort (Harvard, Stanford, Halifax, Canberra, Sydney, Tanglewood, NEC), Obsidian Magnified by Radius Ensemble, mmm… and Callithumpian Consort (Tokyo, Boston), Loose, Wet, Perforated by Guerilla Opera (Boston), Golden Callistemon by Duo Young Music and Callithumpian Consort (Munich, Boston), Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock by WordSong (Boston), Firestick by Callithumpian Consort (NEC), Torrid Nature Scene by Firebird Ensemble, Halcyon and Callithumpian Consort (NYC, Boston, Sydney), Three Scenes from Suburbia by the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia and Dies Irae by the Sydney Philharmonia Choir and Orchestra. He has many upcoming projects, including Mary Bligh, a full-scale opera for MLC School, Burwood (Sydney).
Vines studied at the University of Sydney with Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards and Anne Boyd, receiving a BMus with 1st Class Honours and the University Medal, and an MMus with High Distinction. During the latter, he was supported by the A.E. and F.A.Q. Stephens Scholarship, bestowed by the University on only one student for the duration of postgraduate study. He completed the AM/PhD programme in composition at Harvard University in 2007, having been awarded the Sir Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarship for 2001-2002, as well as various Harvard fellowships, including a GSAS Dissertation Completion Grant (2006). During his time there, he worked with Bernard Rands, Mario Davidovsky, Lee Hyla, Judith Weir, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy, Magnus Lindberg, Julian Anderson, Brian Ferneyhough and Helmut Lachenmann.
Formerly a lecturer on music at Harvard University and an adjunct professor in music theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Vines has also worked in various capacities at Wellesley College, the University of Sydney and the Australian International Conservatorium. He recently took up the position of Artistic Director of Music & Senior Master of Music Extension at Sydney Grammar School. Dr. Vines is regularly involved in operas, choirs and choral productions as a bass-baritone and countertenor.close
William Vollinger is predominantly a composer of vocal music, spoken and/or sung, performed by groups such as the Gregg Smith Singers and New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, whose performance of Three Songs About the Resurrection won first prize at the Geneva International Competition. The instrumental work The Violinist in the Mall won the 2005 Friends and Enemies of New Music competition. Sound Portraits is a collection of his vocal works featuring soprano Linda Ferraira recorded by Capstone-Ravello. Raspberry Man was selected for both the 2009 National SCI Conference in Santa Fe NM and the University of Nebraska 2009 New Music Festival.
Recent premiered works include Duck Girl by soprano Liz Argus and Musaica (nominated for Best Performance of New Classical Music in New Orleans); Emmanuel Changed by Juventas in Boston; Mark 5:21-43 by Marie Kenote and Tammy Lum in Nyack, NY; Made in the Image of God at the National CFAMC Conference in Marion, Indiana; The Pelican performed by tenor Ricky Graham and clarinetist John Reeks in New Orleans; What of That by Rosalind Rees and the Gregg Smith Singers in New York City; and IÕm So Sorry IÕm Late by Liana Valente in Lakeland, FL. His music is published by Abingdon, API, Heritage, Neil A. Kjos, Lawson-Gould, and Laurendale, with five pieces featured as editorÕs choices in the Pepper Catalogue. Vollinger teaches composition at Nyack College and directs music at his church.
Writing in Fanfare, Raymond Beegle wrote "I have known his work for years and believe, after much consideration, that there is genius in it. With astonishing depth and clarity, Vollinger brings his subjects to life. One finds a new musical language, not born out of a desire to be new, but a desire to be clear and to tell the truth. With all its freshness, it is rooted in our past traditions, felicitously circumventing all the chaos, all the attitudinizing, and intellectualizing, and publicizing, that litter the present musical horizon."
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