Dieter Flury was born and brought up in Zurich (Switzerland) and studied with Hans Meyer (Principal Flute of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich), André Jaunet (at the Zurich Music Academy), and Aurèle Nicolet. In addition to his flute studies he graduated in mathematics at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. At age 25 he was appointed a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and in 1981 he was named Principal Flute of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. 2005-14 he was also the Artistic Director and General Manager of Vienna Philharmonic. In 2017 he retired from the orchestra.

 

In demand as a teacher, Flury is a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria) where he has been teaching since 1996. His numerous recordings have featured a wide range of composers from Baroque to contemporary.

 

Flury has performed as soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphonic, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and others in collaboration with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Roger Norrington, Edmond de Stoutz, and Christian Thielemann. He worked with composers including Pierre Boulez, Beat Furrer, György Ligeti, René Staar, Salvatore Sciarrino, Herbert Willi, and Hans Zender. Flury plays a handmade 14k golden flute by Yamaha. flury.at

 

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John Bilotta

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). www.johnbilotta.com

photo: Mitsuo Negishi, 2015

 

Mari Kotskyy is a New York-based award-winning composer, arranger and pianist, originally from Hokkaido, Japan. Her works have been performed throughout Asia, North America, and Europe.

 

Mari released her first piano album “Rest” in 2018. The album features relaxing piano sounds that take the listener through Mari’s life experiences. Her piano work “Snowfall” received a prize from the international composition competition “The contemporary piano 2019” in Greece. Her another piano work “Migrating Birds” was selected by RMN classical in United Kingdom. The work is included in the piano album “Modern Music for Piano 2,” released in 2019. Mari’s choral piece “I Sing of a Maiden” was selected by Ablaze Records to be performed by CORO VOLANTE and lead by Brett Scott of Cincinnati, OH. The recording of the piece will be included in the new album “New Choral Voices Vol. 5,” to be released in 2020.

 

Mari studied at Sapporo Otani College in Hokkaido, Japan, majoring in Music Education. In her third year of college, she joined the piano faculty of Yamaha School of Music. She also performed frequently both as a soloist and an accompanist. Recently she studied composition at The Juilliard School Evening Division under the guidance of Conrad Cummings. She continues her studies at the Berklee Online majoring in Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games. marikotskyy.com

photo: Triangle NY

 

Born in New York City to German parents, Carl Vollrath attended Newton High School. He received a B.A. from Stetson University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and an Ed.D. from Florida State University. Vollrath studied composition with Ernst von Dohnanyi Carlisle Floyd, and John Boda. He served with the West Point Military Band at West Point NY from 1953 to 1956 and was a music consultant in Miami FL from 1956 to 1958. He joined the Troy University (AL) faculty in 1965.

 

Major works include six symphonies for band, an opera – The Quest – and a large collection of chamber music, all published by Tap Music (tapmusic.com). MMC Recordings has released three albums of Vollrath’s works, including a two-disc album of clarinet works recorded by Richard Stoltzman entitled Jack’s Fat Cat (2008). His most recent releases by Navona Records include Lingering Longings (2016), THREE PASTELS (2016), WARRIOR MONKS (2017), and SOULS IN TRANSITIONS (2018).

 

photo: Troy University

Marvin J. Carlton is an American composer of opera, art song, symphonic works, choral works, and chamber music.  His micro-opera 3D's DANCE HALL won the audience choice award at The Atlanta Opera's 24-Hour Opera Project in 2013, while his opera PIE, PITHE, AND PALLETTE won the judge's award in 2016.  His music has been heard in concerts by Belleville (IL) Philharmonic Chorale, Centralia (IL) Philharmonic Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, International Double Reed Society, St. Martin Chamber Players, Heart of Illinois Woodwind Quintet, The American Patriot Wind Ensemble, the Southern Illinois Grade School Vocal Music Association, and One Ounce Opera (Austin, Tx). marvinjcarlton.com

 

As a young person, Andrew Lewinter divided his attention between composition and the French horn, studying composition at Juilliard in the pre-college division, and horn with William VerMeulen and David Jolley. He attended Northwestern University, where he was a horn student of Dale Clevenger.  He left Northwestern University after his sophomore year to pursue a career as an orchestral horn player, playing with the Florida Orchestra in Tampa, Florida (1986-88), and Principal Horn in the Florida Philharmonic (1988-2001) and Principal Horn with the Santa Fe Opera (1994-97). He won the top prize at the Prague Spring International Solo Competition in 1992, recorded Solo Horn Sonatas on EMI Classics is 1997, as well as “New Classics 4 Horns” the Florida Philharmonic Horn Quartet on Klavier Records in 2000. Andrew and his wife, hornist Lauren Hammock, recorded an album of horn duets in 1999. Andrew subsequently became an attorney, and currently practices law in Eugene, Oregon.

 

In 2016, Andrew wrote a Sonata for Horn and Piano (2017), which was premiered by Lydia VanDreel and Sandy Holder in Tacoma, Washington in 2018 at the Northwest Horn Symposium. Andrew Lewinter’s Nonet (2018) was premiered at the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival in 2018. It is scored for violin, viola, cello, bass, flure, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon.  A recording of Lewinter’s Nonet by members of the Brno Philharmonic will be released on Ablaze Records in 2020. His Sonata for Tuba and Piano was premiered and recorded by Michael Grose and Andrew Pham at the University of Oregon in 2019.  Andrew Lewinter’s Waltz for Flute and Cello will be included on a solo recording on Navona Records by flutist Dieter Flurry in 2020, and his Woodwind Quintet will be recorded by the New London Chamber Ensemble and released on Navona Records. andrewlewintermusic.com

 

photo: Sherrlyn Borkgren

 

A native of New York City, Allen Brings  received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Queens College  and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University, where he was a Mosenthal Fellow and a student of Otto Luening, and  a doctorate in theory and composition from Boston University, where he was a teaching fellow and a student of Gardner Read. In 1962 he was a Naumburg Fellow at Princeton University, where he studied with Roger Sessions. He has twice served as chairman of the eastern region of the American Society of University Composers and is currently vice-president of Connecticut Composers. His published compositions, which include works for orchestra, band, chorus, a wide variety of chamber ensembles, piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, and voice, have been recorded for Navona Records, Capstone, Centaur, Grenadilla, Contemporary Record Society, North/South Consonance, Arizona University Recordings, and Vienna Modern Masters. A pianist as well as a composer, Brings has performed extensively both here and abroad especially in programs of music for piano, four-hands, with Genevieve Chinn, with whom he has recorded for Orion, CRI, and Centaur. He is also co-author of A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony, published by W. W. Norton, and has contributed articles to College Music Symposium, College Music Society Newsletter, Contemporary Music Newsletter, Society of Composers Newsletter, New Music Connoisseur, New Oxford Review, ComposerUSA, sounding board, and Adoremus Bulletin. He is Professor Emeritus of Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College of the City University of New York, where he was co-ordinator of the theory and ear training program, and is a director of the Weston Music Center and School of the Performing Arts in Weston, Connecticut, where he teaches piano and theory. allenbringsmusic.com    www.societyofcomposers.org/members/AllenBrings/

 

KENNETH EGGERT (b. 1969) began his musical career at age 10, with a love of music theatre and an obsession with the music of Billy Joel. After starting his first of many bands at age 12, he began writing songs for them, which led him to eventually study Music Composition at Carnegie-Mellon University with Marilyn Taft Thomas. Feeling more comfortable at that time in the realm of rock and jazz, he transferred to Berklee College of Music as a Film Scoring major, and then left school to pursue a career in performance.

 

After 20-odd years of various musical experiences, including various original and cover bands, an African drum ensemble, a Native American powwow ensemble, the founding of a theatre company (Circle of Stones Ritual Theatre Ensemble, active in Allentown PA from 2004 to 2011) and a return to composing, Eggert finished his BA in Music through the online school Thomas Edison State University, and then got his MA in Music Theory/Composition at Montclair State University, where he spent most of his time working with and composing for the Harry Partch Ensemble, led by Dean Drummond. He received his doctorate in Music Composition from The University of Georgia, where he studied with Leonard Ball, Peter Van Zandt Lane, and Adrian Childs.

 

Eggert has composed in an impressive variety of musical styles, including classical, rock, jazz, music theatre, hip-hop, world, and New Age; his classical works include pieces for solo flute and piano, chamber ensembles, choir, electronics, and the Harry Partch Instrumentarium. He has done intensive research in the field of Just Intonation tuning theory, and has developed his own system of symmetrical modes, called Hexagonal Mode Theory. Some of his compositional achievements are the scores for the original Circle of Stones productions of The New Earth (Bethlehem, PA, 2006) and Gilgamesh (Allentown, PA, 2009), the soundtrack to the documentary Woven Ways (2008), and his 10-movement chamber music cycle Hexagons (2016), which he composed to demonstrate Hexagonal Mode Theory.

 

His most recent chamber works were performed by the American Modern Ensemble and Atlantic Brass Quintet of New York City. His music has been described as “haunting and beautiful…engaging and eclectic” (Morning Call, Allentown, PA). He currently resides in Asheville, NC and teaches music theory and composition at Brevard College, Brevard, NC. For more information about Eggert and his work, visit www.kscotteggert.com

 

photo: Sherrlyn Borkgren

 

Charles M. Savage (b. 1958) born in Coshocton, Ohio and a longtime resident of Muskingum County, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Valley University, Harding University with a B.A. in Music Education, and Ohio University Athens with masters degrees in Music Theory and Composition, and in Music Education. He studied theory and orchestration with William Holloway, and composition with Mark Phillips, voice with Erle. T. Moore and Ira Zook, and conducting with Kenneth Davis, Jr. and Peter Jarjisian.

 

Savage taught at Ohio University Zanesville since 1998, and its Choral Union director since 2000. He serves as a song leader for churches of Christ for over 45 years. He is the recipient of the Ohio Valley University 2004 Medal of Merit Award, and the 2009 Textbook Faculty Innovator’s Award from the Ohio Governor’s Office.

 

Alliance Publication, Inc. has published Savage’s music. His music has received performances by The Krenzel-Doggett Duo, Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds, The Ohio University Southern Community Band, Ohio University New Music Ensemble, Ohio Valley University A Cappella Chorus, and the Zanesville Memorial Concert Band. Savage is a member of Society of Composers, Inc. and ASCAP. http://www.societyofcomposers.org/members/CharlesSavage

 

photo: Sherrlyn Borkgren

 

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