Biographies

Brian Belet lives in northwestern Oregon with his partner and wife Marianne Bickett. An album containing ten of his computer music compositions, SUFFICIENT TROUBLE, was published by Ravello Records (PARMA Recordings) in 2017. His music is also recorded on albums published by Capstone, Centaur, Frog Peak Music, IMG Media, Innova, New Ariel Recording, SWR Music/Hänssler Classic, and the University of Illinois labels; with research published in Contemporary Music Review, Organised Sound, Perspectives of New Music, Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, and Proceedings of the International Web Audio Conference. Belet retired from San Jose State University (Professor Emeritus) in 2020, where he was named President’s Scholar in 2017. www.BeletMusic.com

Composer Mara Gibson is originally from Charlottesville VA. She graduated from Bennington College and completed her Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo. She also attended London College of Music, L’École des Beaux-Arts in Fontainebleau, France, and the International Music Institute at Darmstadt, Germany. She has earned grants and honors from the American Composer’s Forum; the Banff Center; Louisiana Division of the Arts; Arts KC; Meet the Composer; the Kansas Arts Commission National Endowment for the Arts; the International Bass Society; ASCAP, the John Hendrick Memorial Foundation; Virginia Center for the Arts; and Yale University. Recently, she enjoyed a residency at the MacDowell Colony. Internationally renowned ensembles and soloists perform her music throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe.

 

Gibson’s music has been described as “shocking, gripping and thought-provoking... conjuring a flurry of emotions” (PARMA Recordings). She is a regular cross-disciplinary collaborator, having worked with choreographers, visual artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians. In 2015, Gibson released her first compilation CD, ArtIfacts, with her second recording, SKY-BORN, following in November 2017 through Navona Records. The latest presents new works including Blackbird, which features Cascade Quartet. The music draws inspiration from a variety of artistic mediums: “haunting and epic with visceral energy.” Her piano preludes Conundrums are inspired by a series of paintings by Baltimore-based artist Jim Condron and performed by Holly Roadfeldt. Pieces by long-time collaborators Michael Hall, UMKC colleagues, and Megan Ihnen are also featured on the new album in Spark and One Voice.

 

As Gramophone magazine describes, “repertoire on this recording was mostly inspired by poetry and paintings. What binds these pieces are Gibson’s concise handling of musical materials and her spectrum of sonic approaches.” SKY-BORN displays a compelling contemporary voice with a restless imagination, able to morph other forms of artistic expression into daring, musical odysseys.”

 

Gibson is Associate Professor of Composition at Louisiana State University. maragibson.com

 

photo: Joanna Eldredge Morrissey

“There is a deep interiority to this music . . . a composer of considerable imagination, emotional expressiveness, and poetic sensibility.” – American Record Guide

 

Self-taught in composition, Rain Worthington’s catalog includes works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, duos, solos and miniatures. Inspirations for pieces have ranged from NYC trucks backing up late at night, to the two-note expression of a sigh, to a dream of a careening bike ride through dark fog.

 

Performances of Worthington’s compositions have spanned the globe from Brazil to Iceland, Cyprus to Korea, Italy to India. Her work takes “... ideas of American musical style to a new place – like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park” – Chamber Music.

 

Her writing has been described in the IAWM Journal as “a fusion of styles—ancient, medieval sounds expressed via modality and open sonorities, modernist minimalist ostinato, and classical approaches to basic ideas—to capture components of the human experience.”

 

In 2020 Worthington's orchestral work Still Motion was performed at Carnegie Hall and Yet Still Night at the TUTTI Festival at Denison University. She received a 2020 commission for a new violin/piano work from violinist Audrey Wright. In June 2019 Shredding Glass received its World Premiere in Brazil. Tracing a Dream and In Passages were premiered by the Missouri State University Symphony, with subsequent premieres in Italy and Brazil. She serves as Artistic Administrator & Composer Advocate for the New York Women Composers.

 

Navona Records has released Worthington’s chamber and orchestral music, with an upcoming release of Within Deep Currents scheduled for 2020. Recent 2019 Navona Records releases include In Passages – violin soloist and string orchestra and Full Circle – cello soloist and orchestra. Her 2016 solo orchestral album, DREAM VAPORS, received wide critical acclaim. For more Navona releases with Worthington’s orchestral and chamber music visit: rainworthington.com

photo: Bob Krasner Photography

 

 

Angel Sánchez Enríquez  was born in Mexico City in 1971. He graduated from the Superior School of Music which belongs to the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City, with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion. He also studied piano and orchestral conducting with Yulia Vischnevetskaia and violin with Guela Dubrova. As a conductor, he studied orchestration with composer Héctor Quintanar, Carlos Chavez’s pupil, and conducting with Yuri Simonov in Moscow, Russia.

 

Sanchez was Associate Conductor since 1997 for several Broadway musicals such as Beauty and the Beast by Disney (1997), The Phantom of the Opera (2000) by Lloyd Weber, and Les Misérables (2005) by Cameron Mackintosh. He was the musical conductor in Fiddler on the Roof (2006) with the brass section of the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra under the supervision of Kristen Blodgette. He currently conducts symphonic orchestras in Mexico, Berlin, and Moscow.

 

In 2019, he recorded his Op. 1 A Laura for orchestra, a work describing the life of his beloved Laura in music. “This music is aimed at understanding without words the most delicate nuances of feelings in a universal language.” His work Op. 2 Vercingétorix was selected to be performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. This work has a strong character, describing in music a historical event with traditional Celtic music. Recently he composed his Op. 3 Jeanne d’Arc which narrates the life of the Maiden of Orléans.

 

For more about his work visit:

angelclassicalmusic.com

photo: Laura Buen Abad

 

 

 

Award-winning composer Adrienne Albert (ASCAP) has had her chamber, choral, vocal, orchestral, and wind band works performed throughout the United States and around the world. Having previously worked as a singer with composers Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass, and Gunther Schuller among many others, Albert began composing her own music in the 1990s. Her music has been supported by noteworthy arts organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, MTC/ Rockefeller Foundation, Subito Awards, Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity, ACME, and ASCAP. Recent commissions include works for The Concord Chorale, The Cornell University Chorus, Holyoke Civic Symphony, Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, Palisades Virtuosi, Zinkali Trio, Pennsylvania Academy of Music, Chamber Music Palisades, Pacific Serenades, as well as private individuals. A graduate of UCLA, Albert studied composition with Leonard Stein, Stephen “Lucky” Mosko, and orchestration with Albert Harris. Her music is recorded on MSR, Naxos, Navona, Centaur, Little Piper, Albany, and ABC Records and is published by Kenter Canyon Music (ASCAP).

 

"Music has always been a central part of my life. Whether it has been performing, singing, or composing, it is the thread that weaves through each part of my being. I find joy in every form of music, and my life has been an eclectic patchwork of music ranging from avant-garde 21st-century vocal and choral music to Baroque, ethnic, folk music, jazz, popular, and of course, classical music. We are each an amalgam of our pasts, influenced by our individual experiences, and I have been extremely fortunate in having an extraordinary past which informs my present and makes me look forward with great enthusiasm to the future.” Albert’s music can also be found through T. Presser, FluteWorld, Theodore Front Musical Literature, and Trevco- Varner Music.

www.adriennealbert.com

 

 

 

John Franek (b.1996) is a composer and pianist whose compositions “demonstrate a

craftsmanship of a composer far beyond his years.” (Dr. J.A. Kawarsky, Professor of Theory &

Composition)

 

Franek has had premieres of his own works performed in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, with notable premieres in locations such as in New York City, Philadelphia, London, Quito, Paris, Havana, Krasnoyarsk, Olomouç, Rome, and Tashkent (among others). Among these performances he has had his work performed by ensembles such as The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, The Moravian Philharmonic, and the Lontano Ensemble. Premieres are also set in 2020 with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Borromeo String Quartet, Trio Immersio, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

As a sought after performer, Franek has personally performed on three continents and has given concerts throughout the United States. An avid researcher and performer of Mozart, he recently toured his “Franek & Mozart” lecture-concert and is currently working on a Mozart book for popular audiences. His most recent album Purely Mozart demonstrates his particular love of Mozart: “John Franek's affinity for Mozart is evinced in his brilliant, subtly-shaded playing which brings forth the composer's work in all of its multivalent sparkle and darkness.” (Scott Hawkinson, Double V Digital Recordings)

 

Franek has benefitted from the private composition and piano instruction of Phyllis Lehrer, Jay

Kawarsky, Silvina Milstein, and Edward Nesbit.

 

He currently runs his own publishing company, LiveWire Music Editions, as well as his own

record label and music platform, Aphoria Music, and is also published by various other publishing houses. photo: Yellowbelly Studios - London

 

www.johnfranek.com

 

 

 

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“There is a deep interiority to this music . . . a composer of considerable imagination, emotional expressiveness, and poetic sensibility.” – American Record Guide

 

Self-taught in composition, Rain Worthington’s catalog includes works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, duos, solos and miniatures. Inspirations for pieces have ranged from NYC trucks backing up late at night, to the two-note expression of a sigh, to a dream of a careening bike ride through dark fog.

 

Performances of Worthington’s compositions have spanned the globe from Brazil to Iceland, Cyprus to Korea, Italy to India. Her work takes “... ideas of American musical style to a new place – like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park” – Chamber Music.

 

Her writing has been described in the IAWM Journal as “a fusion of styles—ancient, medieval sounds expressed via modality and open sonorities, modernist minimalist ostinato, and classical approaches to basic ideas—to capture components of the human experience.”

 

In 2020 Worthington's orchestral work Still Motion was performed at Carnegie Hall and Yet Still Night at the TUTTI Festival at Denison University. She received a 2020 commission for a new violin/piano work from violinist Audrey Wright. In June 2019 Shredding Glass received its World Premiere in Brazil. Tracing a Dream and In Passages were premiered by the Missouri State University Symphony, with subsequent premieres in Italy and Brazil. She serves as Artistic Administrator & Composer Advocate for the New York Women Composers.

 

Navona Records has released Worthington’s chamber and orchestral music, with an upcoming release of Within Deep Currents scheduled for 2020. Recent 2019 Navona Records releases include In Passages – violin soloist and string orchestra and Full Circle – cello soloist and orchestra. Her 2016 solo orchestral album, DREAM VAPORS, received wide critical acclaim. For more Navona releases with Worthington’s orchestral and chamber music visit: rainworthington.com

photo: Bob Krasner Photography