Composer Joel Phillip Friedman's natural creative impulse is to work across genres, and to compose music that is equally informed by his classical training and his engagement with the vernacular. His varied portfolio includes work for small and large ensembles, musical theater, opera, dance, film, jazz, and rock. New collaborations, teaching activities and projects continually refresh Joel's thinking and writing.
Joel's music has been performed by gifted musicians and ensembles including: Paul Neubauer, viola; Susan Narucki, soprano; pianists Alan Feinberg, Stephen Gosling, and Evelyne Luest; cellists Joshua Roman and Fred Sherry; Jason Alexander, actor/singer; Speculum Musicae, the National Orchestral Association, the New York Chamber Ensemble, and the Adorno Ensemble. And it has been heard in venues from Carnegie Hall (his Viola Concerto - praised by the New Yorker as "beautiful and intelligent") and the Kennedy Center, to theaters Off-Broadway and the London West End (Personals, which he co-authored), and recently in his film score for a full-length supernatural thriller, Red Ice (featured at SF IndieFest and the Chicago Horror film festivals).
Current projects spotlight the range of Joel's work: commissions for a string orchestra piece from the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the Takoma Ensemble, and a series of solo string pieces for the 2013 Irving M Klein International String Competition; Fallings, an experimental chamber music theater piece; and The Emily Songs his recent electro-acoustic rock settings of Emily Dickinson's poetry.
Sophia Serghi is the Robert F and Sarah M Boyd Distinguished Associate Professor of Music at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Ms. Serghi studied with Vincent McDermott at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon from 1990-94, where she earned her BA cum laude, and then with George Edwards, Jonathan D. Kramer and Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University from 1994-98, where she earned her MA and DMA.
She also attended the Aspen Music Festival in 1992-93, where she studied with George Tsontakis, and the Oregon Bach Festival in 1995-96, where she studied with John Harbison, Robert Kyr and Judith Weir. In addition, she studied with Betsy Jolas at the Ecole des Arts Americaines in Fontainebleau in 1997 and has attended masterclasses with William Albright, Louis Andriessen, Theodore Antoniou, Jacob Druckman, Lou Harrison, Frederic Rzewski, and Joan Tower.
Among her honors are the Fulbright and Presidential scholars (1990-94) and the Cheney (1992-93) and Rena Ratte (1994) awards at Lewis and Clark College and the Mellon Fellowship (1994-98) and the Edna and Boris Rapoport Prize (1995) at Columbia University. Other honors include First prizes in the Cyprus State Orchestra (1997, for Kavo Greko), the Athens Concert Hall Greek Composers (1998, for Sizzle) and the American Composers Orchestra Whittaker award (1999, for Panegyric) competitions.
Steven Kinigstein is a Musician, Writer, Producer, and Educator whose mission to the growth of music education gets its momentum toward the future through the use of advances made in the 20th and 21st centuries, and is propelled by the techniques of the great masters of past. Recognized as an artist / educator / administrator who has a unique ability to work, not only in the area of music, but across disciplines, bringing together and collaborating with artists, educators, students, and communities to ensure the success and fruition of any given project.
*Music Journalist (regularly appearing in "Just Jazz Guitar" Magazine)
*Producer (Jimmy Wyble Tribute Concert in Jazz Monsters Series at SOKA University, "Poor Butterfly" CD by Mundell Lowe, Lloyd Wells, and Jim Ferguson to be released Spring 2014, Sid Jacobs and Ron Eschete Live DVD in progress)
Bio can be found here.
JULIE HARTING has been composing music since the early 1980's, and has written over two dozen original compositions, including several orchestral pieces, three string quartets, songs, solo pieces and various chamber ensemble pieces. Her body of compositions is diverse, demonstrating ample skill and talent in a comprehensive array of musical forms. Lately, she has been experimenting with quartertones, premiering Zephyr for quartertone flute in New York City as well as completing a quartertone work for clarinet, trombone, violin, cello and narrator.
Harting has been influenced by the Second Viennese School, as well as by the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Messiaen, Ives and jazz. Working within the tradition of atonal western art music, she creates emotionally compelling works of intense beauty and integrity.
Harting recently returned from Zagreb, Croatia where her Catacombs of Light premiered at the ISCM World New Music Days 2011 played by the XL Tuba Quartet. Her works have also been performed throughout New York and at Regent Hall in London. Her two extended solo pieces, Coagula for solo clarinet and hoc est corpus meum for solo violin have received national radio airplay. Her works have been performed in New York City at Roulette, Judson Memorial Church, the Knitting Factory, Galapagos, South Oxford Space, the Broadway Presbyterian Church, Kathryn Bache Miller Theater, Greenwich House, Greenwich School of Music, Cornelia Street Cafe, Third Street Settlement School and the Theater for a New City.
Harting earned her M.A. and D.M.A in Music Composition from Columbia University, and she holds a B.M. in Music Composition from Manhattan School of Music. She studied under Ursula Mamlok, Mario Davidovsky, George Edwards, David Rakowski, Jacques Monod and Harold Seletsky.
Andrew Byrne is an Australian composer based in New York. His music has been described as "beautifully constructed, tautly focused music" (Fanfare Magazine), "a delirious swoon: somehow lush and minimal, soothing and ominous" (Studio 360, WNYC Radio) and "Imagine Ligeti's Etudes having had a little too much to drink with Conlon Nancarrow as the designated driver" (Gramophone Magazine).
He is the Artistic Director of Symphony Space, one of New York's pre-eminent performance venues, as of September 2014. Previously, Dr. Byrne was Director of Festivals and Special Projects at Carnegie Hall. He studied with Jonathan Kramer and Fred Lerdahl in the 1990s and received his DMA in composition in 1998 with Fred Lerdahl as sponsor
You can find more about his work here.
New Zealand born composer Matthew Suttor is the Director of the Laurie Beechman Center for Theatrical Sound Design and Music at Yale School of Drama. A Fulbright Scholar and doctoral graduate of Columbia University Suttor's recent work includes Don Juan in Prague, a collaboration with director David Chambers for the Bard SummerScape Festival in 2003, and in 2006 at the Mozart Prague Festival, the Guggenheim Works and Process series, and the BAM Next Wave Festival. Together with sound designer Daniel Baker he founded the Broken Chord Collective. Recent productions include the score for Rolin Jones' Pulitzer-nominated play The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at the Atlantic Theatre in New York in 2005. Recent commissions in 2007 include Syntagma, the first organ piece to be commissioned by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music from the Robert Baker Fund for New Sacred Music and TRANS/PROSE for baritone and chamber ensemble with text by Blaise Cendrars for the Beinecke Library at Yale.
Suttor's opera based on Anne Salmond's The Trial of the Cannibal Dog will premier at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, Wellington, in 2008.
Bio courtesy of his website.