Release Date: April 1, 2013
Catalog #: NV5909
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
String Quartet


Points of View for Small Ensemble

Kyle Peter Rotolo composer
Quinn Dizon composer
Amelia S. Kaplan composer
Kevin McCarter composer
Jason Barabba composer
Thomas L. Read composer

New England String Quartet
Clayton Hoener violin; Ron Lowry cello; Hannah Shields piano
Mary Kamack Kothman violin; James Helton piano
Robert Lehmann violin; Anastasia Antonacos piano
The Krechvovsky/Loucks Duo
Aaron Larget-Caplan guitar

Music represents a dialogue between composer and listener, channeled through performance and observation. Much like in spoken conversation, the works in PERCEPTIONS present us with the revealing perspectives of their composers as told through small ensembles. The listener is presented with music that entrances, enkindles, jars, lingers, connects, and engrosses–perceptions both highly incisive and deeply personal.

PERCEPTIONS features music written by Kyle Peter Rotolo, Quinn Dizon, Amelia S. Kaplan, Kevin McCarter, Jason Barabba, and Thomas L. Read, performed by the New England String Quartet, Clayton Hoener, Peter Sulski, Ron Lowry, Hannah Shields, Mary Kamack Kothman, James Helton, Robert Lehmann, Anastasia Antonacos, the Krechovsky/Loucks Duo, and Aaron Larget-Caplan.


Hear the full album on YouTube


Choose your platform

Artist Information

Kyle Peter Rotolo


Called “a fresh, bold, and individual creative force” (Los Angeles’ Canyon News), and “a very talented young composer with much to look forward to in the future” (Paula Brusky, 2010 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition), Kyle Peter Rotolo (b. 1986) is a multi-faceted musician who has worked in a variety of mediums including contemporary classical, film/television/radio, and pop/rock. He grew up on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, just across from the City That Never Sleeps. 2012 was an exciting year for Kyle; it saw the premiere of Marilyn’s Room, a mini-opera on his own story and libretto, by the Peabody opera company, as well as the album release of his piece for solo guitar Le crâne a lá cigarette qui fume on the album Epitaphios by the lauded guitarist Anastasios Comanescu. He is an alumnus of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (M.M. ’13), the Brevard Music Center, and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. His primary teachers have been Kevin Puts, Liviu Marinescu, and N. Lincoln Hanks. He has also studied with Robert Aldridge and David Dzubay.

Quinn Dizon


Quinn Dizon was born in Santa Rosa CA in August of 1989. When he was nine, Dizon began taking private lessons on the clarinet. Soon, he began playing in his school music program and various youth orchestras in the area. At fifteen, he became interested in composing, and sought out private instruction.

Amelia S. Kaplan


Amelia Kaplan (b. 1963) is a composer of concert music that primarily explores gesture, equally drawing upon pitch and timbre. As a reflection of a multifaceted life, most works are based on multiple unrelated musical strands (rather than a single idea) which jump back and forth, find commonality, and occasionally part ways.

Kevin McCarter


Kevin McCarter writes music for chamber groups, solo performers, choral ensembles, and orchestras. His music has been performed in a variety of venues. The Chicago Chamber Orchestra gave the premiere of Opening Ideas at the Chicago Cultural Center. The Manhattan Choral Ensemble commissioned As the Earth Brings Forth Her Bud for a spring performance on the Columbia University campus.

Jason Barabba


Composer Jason V. Barabba's (b. 1970) work has been called "deeply meditative" by Fanfare magazine, and his music has been performed by such diverse musicians as the Arneis Quartet, Janaki String Trio, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, the California E.A.R. Unit, and Chicago's Quintet Attacca. Reviews of the 2011 premiere of Barabba's work Diddling: Considered as One of the Exact Sciences said it was "uproariously hilarious, Barabba's "Diddling" was plain evidence of this composer's tremendous talent and ability to evoke laughter from the listener " not an easy task."

Thomas L. Read


Thomas L. Read, composer and violinist, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1938, he studied violin, composition and conducting at the Oberlin, Mozarteum, New England and Peabody Conservatories with such noted musicians as Andor Toth Sr., Richard Burgin, Bernhard Paumgartner, Leon Fleisher, and Benjamin Lees. As violinist he has been a member of the Erie Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Boston Festival Arts (under Harold Farberman), Vermont Symphony and the Saratoga Festival of Baroque Music.