Lucie Rejchrtová is a pianist and keyboard player from Prague. Classically trained and influenced by her minister-father's love of jazz and gospel music, she enjoys playing different styles including jazz, blues, rock, ambient/electronic and her own compositions. She has gigged and recorded with a number of Czech and UK bands and musicians, e.g. Joe Carnation Band and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.close
Midwest-native composer Marga Richter grew up in Wisconsin and Minnesota prior to moving to New York, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in composition from The Juilliard School. Her compositional output consists of over 150 works encompassing virtually every genre of classical music. Her orchestral music has been played by more than 50 orchestras including the Atlanta and Milwaukee Symphonies and the Minnesota Orchestra, and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Richter's music seeks to represent musically the visual and emotional. Says the composer, "Composing is my response to a constant desire to transform my perceptions and emotions into music. Everything that touches me, everything I become aware of as beautiful, or mysterious, or painful, or joyful, or unknowable becomes an immediate or eventual source of inspiration. Music is the way I speak to the silence of the universe."
Holly Roadfeldt is a versatile performer whose concerts regularly mix newly composed music with established masterpieces. Equally adept at both languages, Roadfeldt’s mission is to inspire and advocate for piano music of the highest caliber. Her most recent project celebrates the piano prelude. The goal for this endeavor is to commission new preludes to be performed alongside works from the standard repertoire. As part of her Preludes Project, new preludes were premiered by Roadfeldt at Oklahoma State University, Wichita State University; the Peabody Institute; University of Nebraska-Kearney; Mars Hill University; Western Carolina University; Carson-Newman University; the College of Southern Maryland; Westminster College; the University at Albany; and Manchester University.
As a dedicated performer of contemporary music, Holly has premiered nearly 100 solo and chamber works. She has been delighted to premiere multiple works by Kirk O’Riordan, Kala Pierson, Kristin Kuster, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Anthony Donofrio, Alan Theisen, Stephen Dankner, Daniel Perttu, Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn, and Ryan Keebaugh.
Holly has performed as a chamber musician with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Colorado Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony as well as with concert artists Alexa Still, Bonita Boyd, and Marcia Baldwin. She is also co-founder of the contemporary piano duo, duoARtia, which was formed with Jeri-Mae Astolfi in 2012.
Holly currently has a private studio in New York City and serves as master piano faculty at The Music School of Delaware. Previously, she taught at the University of Delaware, Lafayette College, Susquehanna University, Gettysburg College, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Indiana University.
Holly received performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.) and the University of Colorado in Boulder (D.M.A.).
Walter Ross (b. 1936), whose works have been performed in over 40 countries, is perhaps best known for his compositions featuring brass and woodwinds. Raised in Nebraska, he became a professional orchestral French horn player by the age of seventeen and went on to gain more performance experience in college as member of the University of Nebraska symphonic band, as a string bass player in a polka band, and as a flute player with a baroque ensemble. Currently he plays bass in the Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra in Charlottesville VA.
After participating in the undergraduate program at the University of Nebraska, Ross received much of his early compositional training under Robert Beadell. One of his composition professors told him never to write in a void, but always to write for a specific group or soloist; this would give limits and guidelines to his writing. All of his many compositions have been written as commissions or requests.
After receiving his Master’s Degree in music, he went on to Cornell where he studied under Robert Palmer and Karel Husa. In 1965 he received an Organization of American States fellowship to study composition privately under the famous Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera.
Ross began teaching composition and theory in the music department at the University of Virginia in 1967. He established the Charlottesville University and Community Orchestra, which he conducted for two years. During his tenure at the University he served as chairman of the Department of Music and was awarded a University Outstanding Teaching Award.
In 1997 he wrote a cantata featuring the poetry of Rita Dove, the Americana Poet Laureate who sang the premiere. Recent choral works include Lux Aeterna to honor the victims of 9/11, which has been performed upon a number of occasions including a performance at Ground Zero.
The influences of his own extensive performance background and his musical training under composers who stressed bright orchestration and rhythmic excitement can be heard in many of his over 150 works. He likes to write music that musicians enjoy performing and audiences enjoy hearing. Many of his recent works are representative of his current interest in neomodal, pandiatonic composition. Ross has already written a number of major orchestral concertos, including pieces for oboe, harp and string orchestra, oboe d’amore, bassoon, clarinet, flute and guitar, trombone, tuba, double bass, and violin. He prefers the concerto form because of its more varied possibilities for artistic expression in contrasting the solo against the orchestra.
Ross has received a number of awards, prizes, significant grants and fellowships. He has served as president of the Southeastern Composers League and served as a judge at international composition symposia, and he has been a visiting composer at the Aspen Music Festival and a featured composer at several universities and forums and on national and international radio broadcasts and has had two residencies at the MacDowell Colony.
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Stephen Ruppenthal San Francisco Bay Area Composer/performer Stephen Ruppenthal is co-Principal trumpet and Contemporary Music Advisor for Redwood Symphony. He studied trumpet with Chris Bogios of the San Francisco Symphony and Opera. Ruppenthal holds a Performance Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Contemporary Musicology from San Jose State University, studying composition and electro-acoustics with Allen Strange and ethnomusicology with Lou Harrison.
Mr. Ruppenthal was a founding member of the Electric Weasel Ensemble, and appeared with EWE and other groups in the USA and abroad, including President’s Breakfast at the New Music Festival. Ruppenthal is also known for his electro-acoustic musical compositions, his writings on text-sound composition, and articles written for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. His written work, A History of the Development and Techniques of Sound Poetry in the Twentieth Century in Western Culture, constituted the first comprehensive documentation of the genre in English.
Ruppenthal has taught at San Jose State University, College of the Redwoods, and San Francisco State University (Center for Experimental and Interdisciplinary Art, Electronic Music Studio/Composition). He is a founding member, along with Patricia Strange and Brian Belet, of the electro-acoustic music group, SoundProof.close