Michael Kurek (Composer) American composer Michael Kurek’s recent music, hailed for its lush neoromanticism, has garnered performances by numerous symphony orchestras and chamber groups throughout the U.S and in fifteen countries on five continents. His works have been heard nationwide on NPR and other countries’ national radio broadcasts, also profiled in national print media and music journals. Kurek has received several important awards for his music, including the prestigious Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (the Academy’s top annual award for lifetime achievement in composition), also the Academy’s Charles Ives Award and national awards or fellowships from the American Symphony Orchestra League, BMI, NEA, Meet the Composer, MTNA, the Tanglewood Music Center’s Fromm Fellowship in Composition, and others. Recorded on New World Records and PARMA Recordings with international distribution on Naxos, he has served on the Classical Nominations Committee for the Grammy Awards. He has been a popular guest composer at universities and an adjudicator of the national composition contests of ASCAP and others. His teachers included the German composer Hans Werner Henze, French composer Eugene Kurtz, and Pulitzer Prize-winning American composers William Bolcom and Leslie Bassett. He holds the doctorate in composition from the University of Michigan and serves on the faculty of Vanderbilt University, where he chaired the department of composition for fourteen years. The Panhellenic Council and all ten sororities of the university recently presented him with the award “Best Music Educator at Vanderbilt.”


The Sea Knows

Release Date: July 14, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6111
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Michael Kurek’s PARMA Recordings debut, THE SEA KNOWS, is a charming collection of works written with an emphasis on that which is beautiful and emotive. Composing in a tonal idiom reminiscent of the great melodists of the early 20th century, Kurek creates music that tugs at the heartstrings without ever pandering, that is rich in emotive content without feeling sugary. The works on THE SEA KNOWS plumb the depths of musical sensitivity and will appeal to anyone who listens to music seeking intimacy and an emotionally-grounded experience.