Gena Raps Competition Premiere at Alice Tully Hall
(November 2018) My thanks to Gena Raps for her commission through Juilliard’s Gena Raps String Quartet Competition, and of course to the brilliant Azure Quartet for their performance of my piece, “Shadow Play.” It was a wonderful performance.
New Juilliard Contemporary Ensemble, Peter Sharpe Auditorium
(October 2018) The New Juilliard Contemporary Ensemble premiered my piece, “Studies on Darkness – After Mark Rothko,” directed by Joel Sachs. Thanks to Dr. Sachs and NJCE for such a memorable experience.
American Academy of Arts and Letters
(May 21, 2018) I was honored to received the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Congratulations to all of the awards recipients and honorees! It was a Julliard reunion. I’m here with fellow awardee Jon Cziner and our teachers (from left) John Corrigliano, Robert Beaser, Melinda Wagner, and Samuel Adler.
Summer Festival: High Score in Pavia, Italy and the Atlantic Music Festival
(July 2018) Atlantic Music Festival. Proof I was there! I’m in the dark (as usual!) in the upper right corner.
Premiere in Colorado
(March 15, 2017) I just returned from Boulder, Colorado for the premiere of a new work commissioned by my dear friend and amazing violinist, Michiko Theurer at the Dairy Art Center. It was a reunion of fellow composers from the 2015 summer Aspen Music Festival and School. Along with myself, Michi asked composers Katherine Balch, Phillip Sink, Michael Small, Phil Taylor, and Melody Eotvos to compose works in response to a series of Michiko’s own paintings. These wonderful works were themselves in response to and evocative of Virginia Woolf’s novel, The Wave. Michi performed our short pieces with her paintings projected behind her.
I am so grateful to Michiko for the commission, and for this chance to create music with my great friends from Aspen.
Charlotte, Valdeblore and Milna…
Last summer (2016), I was fortunate to be able to attend three different music festivals: the Charlotte New Music Festival (May 30 – June 18), the Zodiac Music Festival and Academy in Valdeblore, France (July 1 – 14), and the Upbeat/Uzmah Music Festival in Milna, Croatia (July 18 – 31.) At the CNMF, the brilliant Iktus Percussion Ensemble premiered my piece, “Night Sky.”