Release Date: February 10, 2015
Catalog #: NV5986
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century

Piano Concerto

Symphony No. 3 | Divertimento

Lee Actor composer

Slovak National Symphony Orchestra | Kirk Trevor conductor
Daniel Glover piano

Maestro Kirk Trevor praises composer Lee Actor as “one of the refreshing new classical voices … who can still use a traditional language with a freshness that makes the music alive and interesting.” On his latest Navona Records release PIANO CONCERTO, Actor presents three orchestral works, performed by Trevor and the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, that are engaging and tonal yet dramatic and modern.

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra is a work in 3 movements that highlights the composer’s depth and range of emotion as well as his strength for creating captivating lyrical themes and rhythmic charges. The exciting and intense Symphony No. 3 is a 5-movement work for full orchestra that has its origins in Actor’s earlier single-movement piece Premonition, a name which expresses the often foreboding, desolate, and furious qualities of Symphony No. 3. The single-movement piece Divertimento for Small Orchestra reimagines the lighthearted 18th-century form into a modern style, filled with unexpected harmonic twists and turns, and sudden “off-kilter” rhythmic passages.

Actor received master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and in composition from San Jose State University, followed by further graduate study in music composition at the University of California at Berkeley. After a long and successful career in the videogame industry, in 2001 Actor devoted himself fulltime to composition and conducting. He was named Composer-in-Residence of the Palo Alto Philharmonic in 2002, following his appointment as Assistant Conductor.


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Artist Information

Lee Actor


Composer and conductor Lee Actor (b. 1952) was one of five composers selected in November 2014 as an “Honored Artist of the American Prize”, the first time this prestigious award has been bestowed. He has won a number of awards for his compositions, most recently for Dance Rhapsody, winner of the Austin Civic Orchestra Composition Competition and second place winner of the 2011 American Prize in Orchestral Composition, Redwood Fanfare, a winner of the 2009 Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra Fanfare Competition, and Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, the First Prize Winner in the 2007 International Horn Society Composition Contest.