MIGUEL CHUAQUI The Chilean-American composer Miguel Chuaqui was born in 1964 in Berkeley California, and grew up in Santiago, Chile. He studied piano at the Escuela Moderna de Música and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In 1984 he transferred to the University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in Mathematics and Music, studied electroacoustic music at CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technologies), and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Composition with composer Andrew Imbrie. His music, which includes orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electroacoustic works, has been performed in venues in the U.S. and abroad by Speculum Musicae, Parnassus, Earplay, Left Coast Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, Octagon, New York's Riverside Symphony, New York Virtuoso Singers, Colorado Chamber Players, Canyonlands Ensemble, Abramyan String Quartet, Ensemble Bartok Chile, SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S.), and NYCEMF (New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival).
Chuaqui has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the Koussevitzky Foundation at the Library of Congress, the Utah Arts Council (NEA), Meet the Composer, and from U.S. and international performers and ensembles. Honors include an Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Aaron Copland Recording Grant, the Eisner Prize, a Nicola de Lorenzo Award, an award from the Society for Universal Sacred Music, and induction into the National Association of Composers of Chile. His works are released on Centaur Records, New World Records, and Albany Records.
He is the Director of the School of Music at the University of Utah, where he hosted the 2008 SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. National Conference, SEAMUS 2008. His research interests include collaborations with colleagues in areas as diverse as Modern Dance (Interactive Dance Systems) and the School of Medicine (interactive software development for therapeutic musical applications).close
KYONG MEE CHOI, composer, organist, painter, and visual artist, received several prestigious awards and grants including John Simon Gug -genheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Robert Helps Prize, Aaron Copland Award, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, First prize of ASCAP/SEAMUS Award, Second prize at VI Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo, Honorary Mentions from Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges, Musica Nova, Society of Electro -acoustic Music of Czech Republic, Luigi Russolo International Com -petition, and Destellos Competition. She was a finalist of the Contest for the International Contemporary Music Contest “Citta’ di Udine and “Concurso Internacional de Composicai eletroacoustica” in Brazil among others. Her compositions have been performed at the interna -tional venues including the Australasian Computer Music Conference, Musica Contemporanea in Ecuador, International Computer Music Conference, Electroacoustic Musical Festival in San -tiago de Chile, MUSICA NOVA, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Col -lege Music Society among others. Her music is published through SCI, EMS, ERM, SEAMUS, Détonants Voyages (Studio Forum, France), and CIMESP (São Paulo, Brazil).
Choi received a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.M. from Georgia State University and a B.S. in chemistry and science education from Ewha Womans University. She studied Korean literature in a master’s program at Seoul National University in South Korea. She is an Associate Professor of Music Composition at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she teaches music composition and electro-acoustic music.
Through engaging performances, the City of Tomorrow brings new and recent works to audiences around the world, promoting the appreciation of art music and the wind quintet in contemporary life. Winners of the gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2011, the City of Tomorrow Òplays with an extraordinary sense of ensemble, not just in terms of rhythmic precision but in tone color, balance, gesture, and sensitivityÓ (Sidney Chen, NewMusicBox). The quintet was formed in 2010 and has since become known for their performances of virtuosic works, including the North American premiere of Blow by Franco Donatoni in 2010 and world premieres of works by Rob Keeley (2012), Zosha Di Castri (2012), and Nat Evans (2014).close
Alla Elana Cohen is a distinguished composer, pianist, music theorist and teacher who came to the United States in 1989 from Soviet Russia. She now lives in Boston, and is a Professor at Berklee College of Music and of New England Conservatory of Music.www.allacohen.com close
The music of Boston-based composer Richard Cornell deftly explores the nature of art and collaboration, highlighting the latent opportunities for artistic license and interpretation within music. His cross-disciplinary efforts combining visual elements with his works have led to installations, art works in virtual reality, and audio/video projects, one of which is included on his latest album TRACER on Ravello Records.
Cornell’s innovation and ingenuity have led to myriad commissions, and his works for chamber ensemble, orchestra, computer, and soloist have been widely performed domestically and abroad. His collaborative projects have been the focus of international and regional attention, including features in the New York Times and WGBH.
A Boston native, Cornell was trained at the Longy School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School (Ph.D.). Now a longtime member of the Boston University faculty, he has also served on the faculties of the Berkshire Music Center, MIT, and the Longy School.
Gheorghe Costinescu, born in Bucharest in 1934 and residing in New York since 1969, has been active as a composer, conductor, pianist, musicologist, and educator.
After studying privately with Pascal Bentoiu and earning an M.A. in composition from the Bucharest Conservatory under Mihail Jora, he continued his studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne and Luciano Berio at The Juilliard School in New York. In 1976 he received a Ph.D. with Distinction from Columbia University, where he studied with Chou Wen-chung.
His chamber, choral, orchestral, and stage works have been performed in major cities in Europe and the United States, and at the Royan, Shiraz-Persepolis, and Tanglewood festivals.
His stage work The Musical Seminar, a winner in the League-ISCM National Composers Competition, was premiered at Lincoln Center in New York City; the German version of the work was pro-duced by the State Opera of Stuttgart, and the British premiere took place at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.
Costinescu has received grants and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the Ford Foundation. He was a Fulbright Scholar and also received the Romanian AcademyÕs George Enescu prize; The Juilliard SchoolÕs Alexandre Gretchaninoff Memorial Prize; and fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
His theoretical writings include articles on contemporary music, es-says on comparative aesthetics, and A Treatise on Musical Phonology.
Gheorghe Costinescu has held teaching positions at The Juilliard School, Columbia University, and the New School for Social Research. In 1982 he joined the faculty and subsequently directed the electronic music program at Lehman College of the City University of New York, where he became Professor Emeritus of Music in 2003.
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Known for being "...deeply connected to the moment of creation both with their own instruments and each other," (The Minnedosa Tribune) COULOIR is bringing transcendent Art Music into the 21st Century. With a palpable chemistry in their music making, they share their passion for creating fresh music with contemporary composers using the exquisite sound world of cello and harp. "...the body language of (cellist, Ariel) Barnes and harpist Heidi Krutzen drew the assemblage into their shared artistic vision so convincingly, (with) many welcome moments of emotional/intellectual bliss." JWR
Since their launch in 2011 at Music On Main's "Modulus Festival", COULOIR has engaged in the creation of new works by seven outstanding Canadian and American composers: Jocelyn Morlock, Baljinder Sekhon, Glenn Buhr, Brad Turner, Caroline Lizotte, James Maxwell and Andrew Staniland. Creating these new works has led to performances throughout North America, from as far north as the Yukon Territory to the southern United States in Louisiana. Highlights in their concertizing include several performances at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, touring across Canada under the auspices of Prairie Debut, tours in Washington, Louisiana, Maryland, and Oklahoma and performing World Premiers in national broadcasts on CBC Radio 2. To showcase their first three commissions, COULOIR recently released their debut album WINE DARK SEA on Ravello Records, with international distribution through NAXOS. With a second album recorded, COULOIR is looking forward to releasing Maxwell, Muhly and Couloir in the 2014/15 season.
Barnes "has a big sound - when he needs it - and an extensive palette of attractive string colours." (Vancouver Sun) Critically acclaimed by the press, he has been hailed as a "rising star" by the Georgia Straight, "a surprising standout" by the KW Gazette, "new wave" by L'Acadie Nouvelle and "a musician of real stature" by the Vancouver Sun. His solo and chamber music performances are often broadcast by CBC Radio Canada, and his recordings on the Atma Classiques and Skylark record labels have received nominations for a Juno Award and two Western Canadian Music Awards. He has concertized extensively throughout North America and Mexico as a soloist and chamber musician and is a member of Vancouver's innovative Turning Point Ensemble. Barnes currently holds positions as Principal Cellist of both the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. As a winner of the 2012 Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank competition, Ariel plays on the 1730 Newland Johannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello.
Celebrated as a chamber musician of the highest calibre, Heidi Krutzen's performances have been described as "...all elegance and subtlety" (Seattle Times) with an "...outstanding touch (that) made the hairs on the back of my neck tingle." (Showtimemagazine.ca) A member of several distinguished ensembles, Couloir, Trio Verlaine, Krutzen/McGhee Duo and the Turning Point Ensemble, Heidi has toured extensively throughout North America, in the UK and Asia. A seasoned recording artists, she has been featured on many discs including a double concerto with the Latvian National Symphony and several chamber music recordings available on the Ravello and Skylark labels. Her performances, described as "immaculate" (Seattle Times), "emotional" (The Georgia Straight), and "incisive" (The Whole Note) have been broadcast live on radio stations such as BBC Radio 3, NPR, and CBC. Highly in demand, she has been a return guest at major festivals such as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and most recently was performing as guest Principal Harp of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
COULOIR would like to express their gratitude for the generous assistance they have received from the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, and the Manitoba Arts Council in support of their collaborations with contemporary Canadian composers.
"...music's new rare pair..." - The Georgia Straight