photo: Mitsuo Negishi

John G. Bilotta was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, but has spent most his life in the San Francisco Bay Area having attended the University of California at Berkeley and, later, the San Francisco Music and Arts Institute where he studied composition with Frederick Saunders. His works have been performed by soloists and ensembles around the world including Rarescale, Earplay, the Talea Ensemble, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Chamber Mix, North/South Consonance, Musica Nova, the Avenue Winds, the Presidio Ensemble, the Boston String Quartet, the Left Coast Ensemble, the 42nd Parallel Orchestra, the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra, the Kiev Philharmonic, the Oakland Civic Orchestra, and the Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra.

He is the composer of four frequently performed operas. Aria da Capo, based on the play by Edna St. Vincent Millay, was a finalist in a competition sponsored by the New York City Opera. Quantum Mechanic won the 2007 Opera-in-a-Month competition and the 2010 AmericanaFestival Award and is frequently performed by small opera companies and universities. Trifles, based on the play by Susan Glaspell, was a semi-finalist for the 2015 American Prize in Opera. His neuroscience opera, Rosetta’s Stone, a joint US-Norwegian project, focused on the personal impact of Alzheimer’s disease and was a semi-finalist for the 2018 American Prize in Opera. His operas have been performed by the San Francisco Cabaret Opera, Bluegrass Opera, Boston Metro Opera, Thompson Street Opera, New Fangled Opera, Floating Opera, Opera Espresso and VocalWorks as well as by university music schools including Oklahoma State University, the University of Texas, the University of California, and the University of Florida.

His music is available on Capstone Records, New Music North, Beauport Classical Recordings, ERMMedia, Bouddi Music/Australia and Navona Records, and are distributed by Naxos. He serves on the Board of Directors of Goat Hall Productions; on the Executive Committee of the Society of Composers, Inc.; and is currently president of the San Francisco chapter of the National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA).

Albums

Moto Eterno

Release Date: March 26, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6341
21st Century
Chamber
Piano Trio
Ten international composers showcase their respective styles on MOTO ETERNO, the latest installment of NAVONA's successful MOTO chamber music series. Like the previous MOTO releases, MOTO ETERNO is the result of a wide-ranging Call For Scores and a scrupulous selection process. Acclaimed piano trio Trio Casals (Ovidiu Marinescu, cello; Alexandr Kislitsyn, violin; Anna Kislitsyna, piano), masterfully perform their favorite picks.
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Aero

Release Date: August 28, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6296
21st Century
Chamber
Clarinet
Flute
From Mozart’s concertos to Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung,” the flute has served as a versatile tool for conveying the spectrum of human emotion. On AERO, flutist Dieter Flury puts decades of study and a handmade golden flute by Yamaha to work to breathe life into works by contemporary composers and spark the imaginations of listeners.
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The Life Before Us

Release Date: April 13, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6153
21st Century
Chamber
Vocal Music
Piano
Voice
Bearing musical witness to the versatile talents of two acclaimed northern California-based composers, THE LIFE BEFORE US combines works from John G. Bilotta and Allan Crossman. Bilotta’s cycle of Yeats Songs, performed by baritone Andrew R. White, highlights five of the poet’s shorter lyrics in predominantly bi-tonal or atonal settings. His collection of Renaissance Songs is based on the work of several Elizabethan poets, including John Donne and Thomas Lodge (whose poem “Rosalynde” was the source of Shakespeare’s As You Like It). They’re brilliantly delivered by tenor Justin Marsh.
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Crimson & Lace

Release Date: August 14, 2015
Catalog Number: NV6006
21st Century
Chamber
Vocal Music
Voice
On CRIMSON & LACE, Navona Records' compilation of modern works for voice and chamber ensemble, composers John G. Bilotta, David DeVasto, and Paula Diehl present works that depict the struggles as well as the rewards of human experience, such as heartache, death, love, hope, uncertainty, tragedy, and the resilience of the human spirit.
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Conversations

Release Date: June 1, 2010
Catalog Number: NV5829
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Large Ensemble
Piano
Wind Ensemble
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