Sidney started composing when he was 6. He learned species counterpoint when he was 10, and entered Juilliard when he was 15, studying composition with Hall Overton. He also studied with Roger Sessions and Otto Luening at Juilliard, with Darius Milhaud at Aspen, and with Charles Dodge at Columbia University. Over the past 10 years, his hearing has diminished rather severely. But with some creative programming of his hearing aids, he has continued composing, and today is at the top of his creative powers.
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Edgar Barroso received his Phd in Music Composition from Harvard University, where he was director of the Harvard Group of New Music, and worked with Hans Tutschku, Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, Michael Gandolfi and Chaya Czernowin. In 2013 he was selected as part of the Inaugural Society of Harvard Horizon Scholars and from 2010 - 2012 was the appointed Director of the Harvard Group for New Music. From 2015 - 2018 he became a member of MexicoÕs National System of Art Creators. His music has received awards and performances in Russia, Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America. His compositional interest revolve around transdisciplinary collaboration, allusive sonic streams, technology, energy conflict and the embodiment of sound through objects and gestures. His music has been played by some of the best ensembles and soloist specialized in contemporary music such as MusikFabrik, Mario Caroli, Elision Ensemble, Diotima Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Garth Knox, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Sonodualis, Gabriel Diaz, Matthias MŸller, the Callithumpian Consort, Ensemble Nikel, Corrado Rojac, Argento Ensemble, among others. Barroso has scored music for film, documentary, audiovisuals, animation, short films, installations and recently he is exploring with experimental video among other audio visual collaborations. Edgar combines his career as a composer and entrepreneur creating several startups and laboratories that promote creativity and transdisciplinary collaboration for innovation and social purposes.
He currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland where he continues composing, learning and enjoying the company of his wife Ulla. For more information, please visit his website
John Beall, a native Texan born in 1942, has been Composer in Residence at West Virginia University since 1978. Through his increasing devotion to hymn and folk sources of West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian country, he has undergone a sort of musical adoption. He himself is a string player (bass, cello) and pianist, he is also the father of another musician, violist Stephen Beall, and husband of pianist Carol Allen Beall. His love of string playing, and the combinations of strings with the piano resound through many of his greatest works of chamber music.
Alan Beeler completed his graduate study in theory and composition at Washington University, where he received an M.A. and Ph. D. He studied composition with Robert Wykes, Robert Baker, and Harold Blumenfeld, theory with Leigh Gerdine, and musicology with Lincoln Bunce Spiess and Paul Amadeus Pisk.
Beeler has taught music theory, composition, and oboe at Washington University and Eastern Kentucky University, where he was Professor of Music Theory and Composition. His many compositions include works for solo piano, chorus, chamber ensemble, string orchestra, full orchestra, and voice.close
Utah composer Marie Nelson Bennett earned her music degree from Yale while studying with Paul Hindesmith. She earned her PhD in composition from the University of Utah.
Her orchestral works include eight symphonies, five concertos and the oratorio “Once in Israel.” She has also composed a trio for flute, clarinet and piano, a string quartet, various sonatas, songs, and choral works, and the scores of seven plays. Her opera Orpheus Lex was premiered in February 2010 in New York by the New York Virtuoso Singers under Harold Rosenbaum.
Her works have been premiered or recorded by London Symphony, Slovak Radio Symphony, Manhattan Sinfonia, Czech Radio Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Corcordia, Prague Symphony, Utah Symphony, Salt Lake Symphony, Paradigm Chamber Orchestra and Boston Modern Orchestra.
Her works have been conducted by Gerard Schwarz, Robert Stankovsky, Glen Cortese, Vladimir Valek, Marin Alsop, Joseph Silverstein, Roger Briggs, Gil Rose, Joel Rosenberg, James Caswell and David Cho.
Marie is a recipient of the Merit of Honor Award at the University of Utah, where her works are held in a special collection. She has also been nominated for a Friedheim Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.close
SAURO BERTI, bass clarinetist of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, has collaborated with the most important Italian orchestras (Teatro
alla Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, RAI National Orchestra), the Royal Scottish
National Orchestra, and the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla. He has played under G.Prêtre, R.Chailly, M.W.Chung, R.Muti, W.Sawallisch, V.Gergiev, L.Maazel, P.Boulez, and Z.Mehta. He has also participated in the DVD recording of Mozart's Serenade No. 10 "Gran Partita" under M. Muti. Berti was a soloist at the Tokyo ClarinetFest 2008, the last five ClarinetFest¨ 2009-2013 (Porto, Austin, Los Angeles, Lincoln, Assisi),
the 2nd Costa Rica Festival, the 1st and 2nd Peruvian Congreso Latinoamericanos, the 5th
"Congreso de Madrid," the Festival Guimaraes 2012, and the 3rd Guatemala Festival 2013.
In 2009 he obtained his conducting diploma with D.Renzetti. He has published Venti Studi per Clarinetto Basso, Tuning for winds (Suvini Zerboni), his version of V. Bucchi's concerto and the album Suggestions with N. Fujiya (Edipan).
Berti plays on Buffet Crampon instruments and is a Rico Artist.
Jennifer Borkowski enjoys an active and varied career as a flutist, researcher, teacher, and composer. She was founding member of the Ensemble-Zeitfluss Graz and has performed with the Klangforum Wien at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and at modern music festivals Wien Modern and Steirischer Herbst. She has worked with composers such as Peter Ablinger, Nikolaus Huber, and Salvatore Sciarrino. Together with Andy Icochea, Borkowski co-founded the Ensemble Vienna Nova, performing chamber operas including three world premieres in Vienna's Musikverein and at the Sagra Musicale Umbria in Italy. Prior to this period, she spent a decade as a freelance orchestral musician in the Philadelphia and New York areas.
Borkowski earned a Ph.D. in Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy from the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz. She publishes academic research on the physical demands of performing experimental music. Her academic writing can be found in the book The Body is the Message and the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists. Flute related articles are in Flute Talk Magazine and Flute Focus. Borkowski has lectured at the Kael Franzens Universität Graz, The Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, The Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Gratz, The College Music Society National Conference, and at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge MA.
Born in Philadelphia, Borkowski is a long time resident of Vienna, Austria where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
The Boston University Wind Ensemble is the premiere wind band of the Boston University School of Music. Under the baton of Professor David J. Martins, the Wind Ensemble is designed to prepare wind, brass, and percussion players for the professional world, and provide future teachers with concepts related to the study of band repertoire. The ensemble, made up of undergraduate and graduate level music majors, has participated in collaborations with composers and other universities, resulting in several world premieres.
Pianist Kate Boyd is as a unique and versatile artist. She has performed as a soloist on many concert and concerto series and as a guest artist with established chamber music ensembles throughout the United States and beyond. Among many other performances, she has appeared on the Trinity Chapel Series in New York, the SOLO series in Sligo, Ireland, and performed Schubert in Schubert’s birth house in Vienna, Austria.
Boyd’s performances have been featured on CBC and NPR radio. A passionate advocate for new music, she has performed numerous world premieres, including James Woodward’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble. In Dublin, Ireland she was a featured soloist on the Bank of Ireland’s Mostly Modern Series, presenting a program of works by living women composers.
Recent performances have included recitals on the Musical Arts Series at Firelands in Port Clinton, Ohio and in New York's Steinway Hall, and chamber music appearances at the Painted Sky Music Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona and on the HVG Concert Series in New York City.
Kate Boyd’s collaborations have led her to work with musicians across the United States and in Europe, where she was active as a concert artist and teacher for seven years. She is a founding member of the New York-based Oracle Trio, a piano trio that performs works from the eighteenth century to the present.
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Illinois native Scott Brickman (b. 1963) was educated in the Chicago Public Schools and holds a B.M. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Music Composition & Theory from Brandeis University. Brickman learned under both Chester Biscardi and Yehudi Wyner, who he regards as his most important and influential composition teachers. Since 1997, he has taught at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where he is Professor of Music and Education, and has served two three-year terms as Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division. Brickman is an active member of AFUM, the faculty union of the University of Maine System, and the MEA (Maine Education Association), of which AFUM is a local. He is the co-chair of Region I of the Society of Composers and has served as treasurer of the College Music Society-Northeast.
composes both acoustic and digital/electronic music. His compositions have been performed in over half of the continental United States and in eleven countries across Europe, the Middle East and North and South America, and are recorded on the New Ariel, Capstone, Seamus and ERM labels. Brickman’s works have been performed by ensembles such as the Windy City Winds, Wisconsin Arts Quintet, Oakwood Chamber Players, Lydian String Quartet, the Auros Group for New Music, the New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Basso Moderno, and the Kieve Philharmonic among others, and artists such as pianists Jeffrey Jacob, Jenny Cruz, Deborah Nemko, and soprano Nancy Ogle.
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Chicago-based Amy Briggs has established herself as both a leading interpreter of the music of living composers and a provider of fresh perspectives to music of the past. She is the pianist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW ensemble, where she has worked with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Augusta Read Thomas, Marc-Anthony Turnage, Oliver Knussen, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Osvaldo Golijov.
The Chicago Tribune has lauded Briggs’ “mastery of what lay on the dense, printed page and beyond,” and the Chicago Sun-Times called her a “ferociously talented pianist.” The New York Times described her recent Lincoln Center performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IV as having “a live-wire intensity.”
Briggs’ previous recordings include three critically acclaimed discs of David Rakowski’s Piano Etudes on Bridge Records, solo piano and chamber music of Augusta Read Thomas for the ART label, and chamber music of Conlon Nancarrow, Morton Feldman, Edgar Varese, and Erik Oña for Wergo Records.
Briggs has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and Asia. Amy Briggs earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at Northwestern University as a student of Ursula Oppens. In 2009 she joined the faculty of the University of Chicago as Director of Chamber Music and Lecturer in Music.close
Richard Brooks (b. 1942) is a native of upstate New York and holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, Potsdam College, an M.A. in Composition from Binghamton University and a Ph. D. in Composition from New York University. From 1975-2004 he was on the music faculty of Nassau Community College where he was Professor and Department Chair for 22 years. From 1977 to 1982 he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the American Society of University Composers (now the Society of Composers, Inc.) on which he continues to serve as the Producer of the SCI Compact Disk Series. In 1981 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the American Composers Alliance. After serving two terms as Secretary and three terms as Vice-President he was elected President in the Fall of 1993 and served until 2002; he is currently Chair of the Board of Governors.
The New Music Connoisseur selected him as their New Music Champion for 2006-2007. He was recently appointed composer-in-residence with the Lark Ascending performance ensemble. He has received a major grant from the SUNY Research Foundation (for composition), a Composer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, an American Music Center grant and several Meet the Composer awards. He has received commisions from the Music Teachers National Association, the Kent Philharmonia Orchestra (Grand Rapids), Harpsichord Unlimited (Elaine Comparone), the Lark Ascending and several individual performers. Recordings of his music are available on the Capstone label, and (soon) the Innova label.close
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Neely Bruce is a prolific composer, pianist, conductor, and scholar of American music. He has composed over 700 pieces of music, including three full-length operas, five one-act operas, oratorios and other choral works, about 300 solo songs, chamber music, seven documentary video scores for PBS, and 14 hours of solo piano music. In 2013, Bruce began This Is It! - a series of twelve recitals comprising his complete piano music - to conclude in 2017.
Bruce is also a composer of operas. His first opera, Americana, or, A New Tale of the Genii, was produced in 1985 in a semi-staged concert version. His second opera, Hansel and Gretel, was commissioned and premiered by Connecticut Opera, with subsequent productions at Trinity College of Music (London) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
His first one-act opera, Pyramus and Thisbe, based on the play-within-the-play in A Midsummer Night's Dream, was recently revived by the Graduate Opera Workshop at Indiana University. His most recent work for the musical stage is an expanded version of the 1728 ballad opera, Flora, commissioned by Spoleto USA. Flora can be heard online by linking to NPR's "World of Opera," May 20, 2011. Bruce calls this work "my new eighteenth century opera."
Bruce's largest work is entitled Convergence. Commissioned by the American Composers Forum as part of its Continental Harmony project, Convergence received its premiere on June 18, 2000, as part of the New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas. In 2002, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors presented a revised and expanded performance of this piece, enthusiastically received by an audience of 10,000. As a pianist, Bruce has specialized in the music of American composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and his recordings appear on a variety of labels. In 2005, Bruce set the Bill of Rights to music, in the style of William Billings. Important premieres as a pianist include The Time Curve Preludes of William Duckworth, Twelve Fugues by Gerald Shapiro, and Arthur Farwell's Piano Sonata. He is the only pianist to have performed all of the solo vocal music of Charles Ives.
Important engagements as a conductor include the twentieth century revival of Rip Van Winkle by George Bristow and several major works of Henry Brant. Dr. Bruce is also the founder and director of two ensembles devoted exclusively to the music of the United States-the American Music Group (at the University of Illinois) and the American Music/Theatre Group, headquartered in Hartford CT. Dr. Bruce is John Spencer Camp Professor of Music at Wesleyan University.
Bruce has described his compositions like this: "My music is characterized by concern for structure juxtaposed with process, the use of instrumental and vocal color for its own sake, an irrepressible lyrical impulse, and an eclecticism which is occasionally so extreme as to be virtually incomprehensible. Thirty-six years of practice have made the eclecticism much more comprehensible." For future dates and times, and descriptive comments about his music, go to neelybrucemusic.com and click on "Neely's Blog."