Composer Noam Faingold’s music has been described as “…lyrical…,” “…exhilarating…,” and “…a tour-de-force of Jazz melded with Classical…” by sources as varied as The New York Times, The BBC, Downbeat Magazine, and The Tulsa World among others. His crossover ensemble Burning City Orchestra’s debut album was described as “21st century acoustic electric art music” (Rich Fisher, Public Radio Tulsa).
Through a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship, Faingold was able to study with Justin Dello Joio and Ezequiel Viñao at New York University and Silvina Milstein and George Benjamin at King’s College London, where he received his Ph.D. in Music Composition. He received additional fellowships through the Salzburg Global Seminar, The Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Atlantic Music Festival, and has served as Visiting Artist in Composition at The University of Tulsa, Artistic Director of the OK Electric Festival of electroacoustic music, and Composer-in-Residence of Oklahoma State University Cellofest.
Creative activities include commissions from TEDx, The International Double Reed Society and New York Philharmonic oboist Rob Botti, Andrés Franco and Tulsa Signature Symphony, The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, new music ensembles Sound Energy (Boston) and TRANSIT New Music, Congregation B’nai Emunah’s 100th anniversary, and violinist Dennis Kim, among others. Additional performance highlights include the Jönköping Sinfonietta (Jönköping, Sweden), the chamber music series of ProQuartet (Paris) and the Tampere Philharmonic (Tampere, Finland), and the Aspen and Bowdoin festivals. His music can be heard on WQXR’s new music podcast Q2, and albums by Mainly Two violin duo (Turquoise Coconut) and cellist Tess Remy-Schumacher (XOLO). Collaborative projects include being the arranger/orchestrator for Baritone Lester Lynch and the San Francisco Opera Choir’s Gospel/Classical album “On My Journey” (Pentatone), Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra’s take on Beethoven’s 3rd and 6th symphonies, and working with poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s family on an orchestral elegy in Yevtushenko’s memory.
As an educator, Faingold has focused on program and curriculum building to provide access to music composition mentorship. He created the current curricula at Tulsa Community College, the Barthelmes Conservatory pre-college program at the bART Center for Music (where he also served as Director of the Conservatory), and The University of Tulsa’s week-long Composition Seminar for high school students. He works extensively with arts organizations like the Mid-America Arts Alliance’s “Artist Inc.” artist mentorship program and the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association. His work includes arts advocacy through composition, public speaking, and education.