Stanley Grill has been obsessed with music since the age of six, when his mother took him to Carnegie Hall and he was astonished and awestruck by a performance of La Mer. While that obsession first took the form of playing piano at every possible moment, it was Stan’s music theory studies at the Manhattan School of Music that converted that obsession to writing music—and to finding his own musical voice. He learned the craft from extraordinary musicians: Robert Helps, Leon Kushner, Ursula Mamlok, and Joseph Prostakoff, among others. Grill’s passion for medieval and Renaissance music has greatly influenced his writing—a contemporary expression of ageless techniques based on melody, modal harmonies, and contrapuntal, extended, interweaving lines. Two main themes permeate many of his works: music composed in an attempt to translate something about the nature of the physical world, and music composed to inspire and promote world peace.


photo: Hermann Platzer



Brett Deubner, one of this generation’s most accomplished violists, has inspired worldwide critical acclaim for his powerful intensity and sumptuous tone. Since his debut with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, where he gave the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Grammy award–winning composer Lalo Schifrin, the American violist has gone on to perform worldwide as soloist with over 70 orchestras in 12 countries on 5 continents to unanimous approval for “the warmth and sparkling” quality of his playing. Since then, he has received 43 viola concerti dedications and over 100 works for viola. Recent performances as soloist with orchestra across the United States, South America, and Europe have garnered universal praise for his rare ability to communicate with audiences. As a chamber music collaborator, Deubner has performed with Pinchas Zukerman, Joseph Kalichstein, Andre Michel-Schub, the Tokyo Quartet, Vermeer Quartet, and Colorado Quartet, as well as clarinetists Guy Deplus and Alexander Fiterstein, and flutists Ransom Wilson and Carol Wincenc. He was the founder of the Elements Quartet based in New York City, which premiered new works by Lucas Foss, David Del Tredici, and David Sampson. In 2015, the United States House of Representatives awarded Deubner the Certificate of Congressional Recognition for his commitment to cultural and musical exchange. Deubner currently serves on the string faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City.


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