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Venezuelan born musician Orlando Cela is committed to engaging audiences with lively performances that open new worlds of experience. Known for his engaging performances using imaginative programming, Orlando has premiered in over 100 works, both as a flutist and as a conductor. In concert, Cela regularly offers short lively introductions to selected works, offering audiences entry points into unfamiliar works, to easily connect the music with other life experience.

 

As a conductor, Cela has recently been awarded second place in the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the performance of American music, and second place in the London Classical Soloists Conducting Competition for his rendition of Beethoven’s Seventh and Eighth Symphonies. His experience includes launching the orchestral department at Ningbo University in China and conducting the inaugural concert of the Ningbo City Symphony Orchestra. In the US, his conducting positions include work with orchestras and choruses at Randolph College (VA) and UMass Dartmouth (MA). Guest conducting credits include the Marquette Symphony Orchestra (MI), the Northern Michigan State University Orchestra (MI), Brandeis New Music Ensemble (MA). He is currently the music director and conductor of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, and the orchestra of the Governor’s School of North Carolina, with which he has performed world and American premieres by composers like Salvatore Sciarrino, Chen Yi, Hector Parra, Rebecca Saunders, Ashley Fure and many others.

 

As a flutist, Cela has performed at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian (Washington DC), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston MA), and at the Center for New Music and Technologies at UC Berkeley. His credits abroad include concerts at the Zentrum Danziger (Berlin), the Espace des Femmes (Paris), and at the Musikverein (Vienna). As a collaborative artist, Cela has concertized with flutist Paula Robison, tabla player Samir Chatterjee, harpsichordist John Gibbons, and shen (mouth organ) virtuoso Hu Jianbing.

 

To help expand the flute repertoire further, Orlando recently launched FluteLab, an online forum in which he answers composers’ questions about writing for the flute, posting answers and commentaries through  engaging video clips to help the entire field and share the latest approaches and technical wizardry.

 

As the former Music Director of the Boston-based Willow Flute Ensemble, Cela arranged over a hundred works for the ensemble, from Baroque to contemporary, including folk music from five countries. His world music arrangements were highlighted on the ensemble’s 2009 album, “World Winds.” A dedicated music educator, Cela is known for his dynamic workshops and lecture demonstrations. Popular and effective as a guest lecturer and clinician, he has presented sessions on contemporary music topics at Tulane University (LA), Berklee College of Music (MA), and Brandeis University (MA), as well as at the Central Conservatory of Music in China, the  Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (Germany), and the Charlotte New Music Festival (NC). Cela has also lectured on general performance practice issues at flute festivals in Ithaca and Syracuse NY, and at Dulwich College (Beijing) and Shanghai Normal University. He currently is assistant professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches conducting, and at Middlesex Community College, where he teaches world music.

 

Cela received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University, and holds two master’s degrees (flute and conducting) from New England Conservatory. His teachers included Glenn  Michael Egner, Anne Reynolds, and Paula Robison, and he has performed in master classes for Raymond Guiot, Alan Marion, Shigenori Kudo, Leone Buyse, and Trevor Wye.

 

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Lou Bunk (b. 1972) is an American composer and improviser inspired by many forms of experimental artistic expression. Educated in classical composition, and deeply influenced by the vibrant electro-acoustic improv scene in and around Boston and New York, Lou’s music occupies a space between and among concert halls and fringe performance galleries. His sonically rich and intricate music investigates sound and silence through extended instrumental techniques, microtones, amplified found objects, electronics, and generative approaches to texture and form.

 

In his home town Somerville Massachusetts, Lou produces the concert series Opensound, and has chaired the Somerville Arts Council. He co-directs Collide-O-Scope Music, a New York City based new music ensemble, and is Associate Professor of Music at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire where he teaches electronic music and composition. Lou received A PhD in Music Composition and Theory from Brandeis University

 

 

 

Stratis Minakakis is a composer and conductor whose creative work engages issues of memory, cultural identity, and art as social testimony; it also explores the rich possibilities engendered by the interaction between arts and sciences. As a composer, he has collaborated with leading performers and ensembles across Europe, North America, and Japan, such as The Crossing choir, the PRISM and Stockholm saxophone quartets, the Harry Partch ensemble, the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble

Counter)induction, Noh actress Ryoko Ayoki, recorder virtuoso Tosiya Suzuki, flutist Orlando Cela, and conductors Donald Nally and Rüdiger Bonn. He is the recipient of numerous artistic prizes, grants, and academic awards from institutions such as the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, the New England Conservatory, the Takefu International Festival in Japan, the Fondation Royaumont in France, the Center for Mediterranean Music in Greece, the Greek Composers Union, and the International Society for Contemporary

Music. Deeply committed to music pedagogy, he was awarded the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania and the prestigious Louis Krasner Award at the New England Conservatory. He studied piano, theory, and composition at Atheneaum Conservatory, Princeton University, the New England Conservatory, and the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and teaches Music Theory and Composition at the New

England Conservatory.

 

 

 

Dr. Robert Gross received his DMA in music composition at University of Southern California where he also received a graduate certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television, and was the first person to complete two graduate-level programs in music at USC simultaneously. He also received an MA in Music for Film, Television and Theatre from the University of Bristol in England; an MM in Music Composition from Rice University; and a BM in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory. He has taught graduate and undergraduate level music theory at Rice University. He was half of Blind Labyrinth, an experimental electroacoustic music duo with the late Kenneth Downey, whose most CD Blasted Light was released on the Beauport Classical label in 2014. He has presented papers at the national Society for Music Theory conference, the Texas Society for Music Theory Conference, the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, and both national and regional chapters of Society of Composers, Inc. His post-tonal analyses have been published in Perspectives of New Music and Journal of Schenkerian Studies.

 

 

 

Recently assigned the position of Assistant Professor of Composition & Theory at Tulane University, Maxwell Dulaney received his M.A. in Composition and Ph.D. in Composition & Theory from Brandeis University. Awards include a 2009 Mellon Dissertation Research Grant, a 2008 Wellesley Composers Conference Fellowship, and 1st Prize in the 2006 ASCAP/SCI Student Composer Competition. Mr. Dulaney has been published in the SCI Journal of Musical Scores, Vol. 45 and his music has been recorded on the Rainbow Classical label by the ensemble Mikrokosmos. As an acoustic and electro-acoustic composer, his compositional process is rooted in the study of sound, and focuses on finding new and informed ways of developing compositional structures out of the elemental aspects of sound through studying the inherent spectral and timbral qualities of each instrument that is part of a new work, as well as the underlying sonic structures of specific performance techniques. Dr.

Dulaney has been commissioned by, and collaborated closely with, soloists and ensembles including Orlando Cela, Chris Finkel, New York New Music Ensemble, the Xanthos Ensemble, and Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy. His music has been performed throughout the U.S., in Italy, and in China at Ningbo University and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Upcoming projects include a commission by ECCE, which is an extended collaborative project with concerts in Paris and New York City, an orchestral work for the student orchestra of Randolph College,, the New Orleans Art Song Project with the Astralis Duo, and a commission by Orlando Cela for a new solo flute piece and one for flute and live electronics.

 

 

 

A native of Bordeaux (1985), Jean-Patrick Besingrand has been described as an “audacious composer” whose music “takes the listener on a fascinating and rewarding journey.” His music plays on tone colors and explores different conceptions of temporality. The incorporation of natural

elements such as air sound is also at the center of his interests. Jean-Patrick has participated in several festivals and masterclasses, including Musica Festival, Shanghai New Music Week Festival, Thailand International Composition Festival, Viola’s 2014 at the Paris Conservatory, and l’Odyssée des Arts Sonnants in Bordeaux. At these festivals, he received instruction from renowned composers such as Beat Furrer, Jörg Widmann, Qin Wenchen, Tania Léon, Mathew Rosenblum, Claude Ledoux, Chen Yi, and Luis Naon. He has received recognition from the Lin Yao Ji International Competition, the Molinari Quartet Sixth International Composition Competition, the Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, the American Prize, and the First International Composition Competition Viola’s 2014. Jean-Patrick is also the winner of the 2015 CMU Orchestra Composition Competition and the 2015 CMU String Quartet Composition Competition. Most recently, his saxophone quartet won the first prize of the Composition Competition for Saxophone Quartet organized by SaxOpen and the Festival Musica. The Robert Starer Award commemorated his harp concerto Sur les ailes du temps in May 2016. His music has been performed by the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the Mivos Quartet, the Molinari Quartet, the Del Sol Quartet, Dal Niente, the Ensemble MISE-EN, the Ensemble Offspring, C4, the Círculo Trio, the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble, the Very Small Consortium Ensemble, the Singularity saxophone quartet, the Aurae Duo, and by the soloists Thomas Piercy, Vilian Ivantchev, Yumi Suehiro, Elsa Seger, Andrew White, Martha Cargo and Etienne Rolin. Jean-Patrick holds a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Bordeaux, and graduated with high honors in Analysis, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Composition, and Soundpainting from the Bordeaux Conservatory where he studied notably with Jean-Louis Agobet in composition. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Composition from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied with Leonardo Balada. Currently Jean- Patrick is a PhD student in composition at The Graduate Center, CUNY under Professor Jason Eckardt while working on his doctoral thesis in Musicology at the Sorbonne in Paris.

 

 

 

The works of composer Dana Kaufman (b. Chicago, 1989) have been heard throughout North America, and in Estonia, the Czech Republic and Italy. Her music has been featured at venues and festivals such as New York Opera Fest; soundSCAPE Festival; Opera on Tap Chicago; Estonian Music Days; Charlotte New Music Festival; Centro Musica Contemporanea di Milano; Ravinia Festival’s One Score, One Chicago series; Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar; Jordan Hall; Atlas Performing Arts Center; Women Composers Festival of Hartford and FETA Foundation Emerging Composers Concert Series; it has been performed by ensembles including Great Noise Ensemble, Firebird Ensemble, Na Wai Chamber Choir, Ensemble Ibis, Wet Ink Ensemble, and So Percussion. Ms. Kaufman is the recipient of numerous awards: a Fulbright Student Research Grant; ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards Finalist; Honorable Mention for the American Prize in the Chamber Music Student Division and Semi-Finalist in the Opera/Theater/Film Division; University of Miami Dean’s Fellowship; Winner of the Ensemble Ibis Composition Competition; Honorable Mention in the Boston Choral Ensemble’s Commission Competition; Finalist in the New American Voices Composition Competition; and First Place in the Music Institute of Chicago’s Generation Next Composition Competition. Ms. Kaufman is a DMA Candidate in Composition at University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she is the first Frost School of Music student to be a Dean’s Fellow.

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