12th Annual Thailand International Composition Festival
- Feature Composers
This year's guest composers are some of the leading figures in contemporary music. Not only has each obtained an international reputation as a composer and pedagogue but, also, all four serve on the directorial boards of annual festivals for contemporary music.
Mark Adamo American composer-librettist Mark Adamo prepared for the world-première performances in June 2013 of his third full-length opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, following a busy season of opera and chamber premières. In May 2012, Fort Worth Opera opened its first production of his second opera, Lysistrata; that September, the Constella Festival in Cincinnati opened their season with August Music, for flute duo and string quartet, commissioned by Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway: in December, Sasha Cooke and the New York Festival of Song introduced The Racer’s Widow, a cycle of five American poems for mezzo-soprano, cello, and piano; and, in April 2013, baritone Thomas Hampson and the Jupiter String Quartet introduced Aristotle, after the poem by Billy Collins, in concerts at the Mondavi Center in Davis, California before continuing to Boston and New York under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Eric Scott Alexander
Eric Scott Alexander earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition from the Boston University College of Fine Arts in 2001, and Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1995. He has studied composition with Lukas Foss, Richard Cornell, Charles Fussell, Richard Toensing, and Ladislav Kubik.
Eric is an active composer of instrumental and vocal works. His music has been performed across the United States, the Czech Republic and Austria. He was the first-place winner of the 10th annual Austin Peay State University Young Composer’s Competition for his Three Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson for soprano and piano. Recently his “Soapstone Prairie Quintet” for woodwind quintet was commissioned to be part of a multimedia project by Classical Revolution Northern Colorado, with multiple performances throughout 2016-2017 at the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Eric currently teaches music composition and theory classes, and co-directs the annual Open Space Festival of New Music at the University of Northern Colorado. Previously he taught music theory and aural skills at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
The American John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano's scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, three Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award (“Oscar”) and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. Attentive listening to this music reveals an unconfined imagination, one that has taken traditional notions like "symphony" or "concerto" and redefined them in a uniquely transparent idiom forged as much from the post-war European avant garde as from his American forebears.
Perhaps one of the most important symphonists of his era, Corigliano has to date written three symphonies, each a landscape unto itself. Scored simultaneously for wind orchestra and a multitude of wind ensembles, Corigliano's ambitious, extravagant, and grandly barbarous Symphony No. 3: Circus Maximus (2004) was commissioned by the University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble, who presented it on their 2008 tour in Europe and gave its New York première in 2005 at Carnegie Hall. Naxos releases its stereo recording of Circus Maximus in January 2009, and has chosen the work as its début recording in its upcoming Blu-Ray format. Symphony No. 2 (2001), a rethinking and expansion of the surreal and virtuosic String Quartet (1995), was introduced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2000 and earned him the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Symphony No. 1 (1991), commissioned by Meet the Composer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra when he was composer-in- residence, channeled Corigliano's personal grief over the loss of friends to the AIDS crisis into music of immense power, color,drama, and scope: performed worldwide by over 150 orchestras and twice recorded, this symphony earned him the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.
Rob Deemer(b.1970) is a composer, conductor, educator, author, and columnist who advocates for composers of all ages and explores the role that contemporary concert music plays in today’s society. Deemer’s extensive and unique career has seen his music performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Cannes Film Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Joe’s Pub in New York City, The Jazz Showcase in Chicago, the 50 yard line of Ralph Wilson Stadium, and the steps of the United States Capitol.
Deemer’s works have been performed by the President’s Own Marine Band, Jeffrey Zeigler, Cornelius Dufallo, Tony Arnold, Michael Mizrahi, Timothy McAllister, Lindsay Goodman, Gabriel DiMartino, Mark Fischer, Peter Ellefson, loadbang, the Rasçher Saxophone Quartet, Great Noise Ensemble, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, U.S. Army Orchestra (Pershing’s Own), Society for New Music, Brightmusic Ensemble, Gaudete Brass, Guidonian Hand, Chicago Trombone Consort, Washington Trombone Ensemble, and the Quintet of the Americas as well as many collegiate and high school wind bands across the country. His music has been received recognitions by BMI, Down Beat Magazine, Voices of Change, the Austin Civic Orchestra, the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra and Manhattan Beach Music. His music is currently published by Domesticated Music and C. Alan Publications.
Deemer holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Texas, a Master of Music in Composition as well as a Performers Certificate in Conducting from Northern Illinois University and an Advanced Certificate in Scoring for Film and Television from the University of Southern California. His instructors have included Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham and Jan Bach and he has participated in individual studies and workshops with John Corigliano, William Bolcom, George Crumb, Melinda Wagner, Christopher Theofanidis, Elmer Bernstein, David Raksin, Jerry Goldsmith, and Christopher Young.
Deemer currently holds the position of Associate Professor and Head of Composition in the School of Music at The State University of New York at Fredonia. He also serves on the composition faculty at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. He is a founding member of the NAfME Composition Council, continues to be a member of the NYSSMA Composition/Improvisation committee, and was selected to be a member of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Composition/Theory Standards Subcommittee. Deemer holds the position of composer-in-residence with both the Buffalo Chamber Players and Harmonia Chamber Singers. Rob Deemer's Websites: http://www.robdeemer.com
Paul DooleyPaul Dooley's music has been described as "impressive and beautiful" by American composer Steve Reich. Mr. Dooley's path has embraced not only his Western Classical heritage, but also a cross-cultural range of contemporary music, dance, art, technology and the interactions between the human and natural worlds.
Dooley is on faculty at the University of Michigan where he has taught courses in composition, electronic music, co-directed the 2009 Midwest Composers Symposium and coordinated the ONCE. MORE. Festival, a 50 year anniversary of the ONCE Festival of Contemporary Music. He has studied composition primarily with composers Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng and Evan Chambers, Frank Ticheli and Stephen Hartke.
Mr. Dooley’s recent work includes a Percussion Concerto (2017) commissioned by the Lansing Symphony, and a large scale new work commissioned by the Naples Philharmonic (2016).
Mr. Dooley’s band works have been performed by nearly all of the United States’ premier wind ensembles, and at major venues such as the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conference, Midwest Clinic and the American Bandmasters Association Conference.
Aaron Jay Kernis
Aaron Jay KernisWinner of the coveted 2002 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and one of the youngest composers ever to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Aaron Jay Kernis is among the most esteemed musical figures of his generation. With his "fearless originality [and] powerful voice" (The New York Times), each new Kernis work is eagerly awaited by audiences and musicians alike, and he is one of today's most frequently performed composers. His music, full of variety and dynamic energy, is rich in lyric beauty, poetic imagery, and brilliant instrumental color.
His works figure prominently on orchestral, chamber, and recital programs world-wide and has been commissioned by many of America's foremost performers, including sopranos Renée Fleming and Dawn Upshaw, violinists Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and James Ehnes (for the BBC Proms), pianist Christopher O'Riley and guitarist Sharon Isbin, and such musical institutions as the New YorkPhilharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra (for the inauguration of its new home at the Kimmel Center), Walt Disney Company, Rose Center for Earth and Space at New York's American Museum of Natural History, Ravinia Festival (for James Conlon's inaugural season) , San Francisco and Singapore Symphonies, Minnesota Orchestra, Lincoln Center Great Performers Series, American Public Radio; Los Angeles and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, and Aspen Music Festival and programs from Philadelphia to Amsterdam (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam Sinfonietta), Santa Barbara to France (Orchestre National de France) throughout Europe and beyond.
Recent and upcoming commissions include new concerti for cellist Joshua Roman and for violist Paul Neubauer, works for eighth blackbird, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Chamberfest, and Chambermusic Northwest for David Shifrin and the Orion Quartet, the San Antonio Symphony, and his third string quartet for the Jasper Quartet. Past seasons have included conducting engagements with members of the San Francisco and Minnesota Orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, with major festivals in Chicago and Portland and for the Pascal Rioult Dance Company.
One of America's most honored composers, Kernis was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Classical Music Hall of Fame, and has received countless awards and prizes throughout his career, including the 2011 Nemmers Award from Northwestern University, the 2002 Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition for the cello and orchestra version of Colored Field, the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for his String Quartet No. 2 ("musica instrumentalis"), and Grammy Award nominations for both Air and his Second Symphony. He has also been awarded the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize, an NEA grant, a Bearns Prize, and New York Foundation for the Arts Award. He has been a much-admired and familiar presence in Minnesota's Twin Cities: in September 1993, he was appointed Composer-in-Residence for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Public Radio, and American Composers Forum, and he returned in the fall of 1998 as New Music Advisor to the Minnesota Orchestra, a position he held till 2009. He was co-founder and Director of the Minnesota Orchestra's Composer Institute for 15 years. Kernis teaches composition at Yale School of Music, a position he's occupied since 2003.
- Feature Musicians
This year's guest performers are some of the leading figures in the performance of Contemporary Music. Performers at TICF 2016 are based all over the world, from Brussels, to Rome, New York, Chicago, Kansas City, Hong Kong, and locally within Thailand.
Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra
The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) gave its inaugural performance at the Royal Thailand Navy Auditorium on 23rd June 2005, in a gala concert for the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Over its first 6 seasons the TPO has consistently impressed and inspired audiences with its excellent performances. Many highly regarded conductors have led the TPO including Gudni Emilsson, Claude Villaret, Shuchi Komiyama, Leo Phillips, Michalis Economou, Jeannine Wagnar, Dariusz Mikulski, Ligia Amadio and Christopher Hughes
Soloists from around the world regularly join the TPO for performances and have praised the orchestra for its growth and development in such a short period of time. Those guests have included Jens Lindemann, Lambis Vassiliadis, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexandros Economou, Tomas Strasil, Reinhold Friedrich, Cristina Bojin, Karina Di Virgilio, Mischa Maisky, Yoon Jin Kim, Jura Margulis, Christopher Espenschied, Dimitry Ashkenazy, Ara Malikian, Serouj Kradjian, Robyn Schulkowsky, Lucia Aliberti, and Otto Schilli among others.
The first International appearance by TPO occurred in October 2009 when the Japanese Association of Orchestras extended the invitation to perform at the Asian Orchestras Festival in the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. In the same year the Royal Thai Government invited TPO to play at the gala concert for the 15th ASEAN Summit held in Cha-Am in front of 10 Prime Ministers from the 10 ASEAN countries and six from China, India, Japan, S Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
On September 29, 2010, TPO had the distinct honor to give a performance for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at Royal Medical College Auditorium, Siriraj Hospital. In the concert TPO paid tribute to His Majesty's considerable musical talent. The concert served to honor the occasion of the 37th Anniversary of a special concert that His Majesty played for students at the Royal Medical College's auditorium on September 29, 1973.
TPO regularly performs for major national events for the Royal Thai Government, the most recent being to celebrate His Majesty the King's 84th Birthday Celebration Concert on December 3rd at Sanam Luang in downtown Bangkok.
The current 2011-2012 season is Gudni Emilsson's seventh season as Chief Conductor of the TPO. He continues the work of attracting a loyal and appreciative following in Thailand, while helping the TPO to build a reputation for performing excellence. Its annual schedule of more than 50 performances draws from over three centuries of orchestral repertoire as well as chamber, contemporary and specially-commissioned new music.
The TPO is proud to have the patronage of the Royal Thai Government and Mahidol University and enjoys a burgeoning multicultural tradition. The 90-member symphony orchestra is made up of musicians from more than 15 nations. The TPO has been active in recording many traditional Thai songs, and has produced 10 CDs of those works. In addition, the TPO has several new projects and collaborations on the horizon including recording sessions, concerts throughout Thailand, and several international performances.
Mahidol Wind Orchestra
The Mahidol Wind Symphony is one of the premier ensembles at Mahidol University, College of Music. This critically acclaimed 50 member group has quickly gained prestige and a reputation as being one of the leading wind ensembles in Southeast Asia.
In previous years, the Wind Symphony has performed at international conference and events, including special performance for H.R.S Prince Maha Chakri Sirindhorn , nationally televised educational programs, and performances at MACM Auditorium and Thailand Cultural Center.
The Wind Symphony is active in provide concert outreach programs and demonstration concerts for primary and secondary schools. The Mahidol University College of Music frequently hosts band and conducting workshops in conjunction with master classes give by the Mahidol music faculty.
The Mahidol Wind Symphony is a part of the Mahidol University Wind Band Program comprised of three performing ensembles: the WInd Symphony , Symphonic Band and Young Artist Band. All three ensembles provide the highest quality musical experiences for students by rehearsing and performing quality music written by prominent composers. Performing in band at Mahidol University provides challenging musical opportunities and experiences that are relevant to those who are planning on careers in music.
Michael Hall, viola, recently made his Chicago Orchestra Hall concerto debut, concluded a recital tour of Austria and Italy, and performed to critical acclaim the North American premiere of Chen Yi’s viola concerto, Xian Shi, with the Chicago Composers Orchestra. Michael is deeply committed to collaborating with living composers, as evidenced by the forty-two works written for him.
Michael has performed at International Viola Congresses in Reykjavik, Iceland and Minneapolis, the Primrose International Festival in Los Angeles at the Colburn School, the Thailand International Composition Festival in Bangkok, Positano Chamber Music Festival in Italy, Vianden International festival in Luxembourg, Composer’s Concordance Series in New York City, UMKC Summer Composition Workshop, and the invigorating New Music Gathering.
Future performances include being featured at the inaugural Ear Taxi Festival in Chicago, founded by Augusta Read Thomas, the 2016 American Viola Festival in Oberlin, the 2016 Bowling Green New Music Festival, a year-long residency at Roosevelt University’s Music Conservatory of Chicago College of Performing Arts, and recitals in Thailand and Indonesia.
His performances and recordings have received accolades from the Asmerican Record Guide, Fanfare Magazine, the NewMusic Box, and “I Care If You Listen.”
Michel Lives in Chicago and teaches on the faculty of VanderCook College of Music, is Chair of the Gardner Composition Competition for the American Viola Society, and Co-Artistic Director and Director of Education of the Bandung Philharmonic Orchestra – founding the first professional orchestra in Indonesia.
More information about Michael Hall at michaelhallviola.com
Violinist Geoffrey Herd has given performances in the United States, Latin America and Asia, and is frequently sought after as recitalist and chamber musician. Recently, Mr. Herd has performed recitals at venues such as the Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum of Art in Boston and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Herd has collaborated with some of the finest musicians of our time including Ani Kavafian, Clive Greensmith and James Dunham. In addition, he has studied with members of the Cleveland, Juilliard and Tokyo String Quartets. Mr. Herd has also performed concertos with numerous orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony, the Amherst Symphony and the Finger Lakes Symphony. The 2015-2016 season featured concertos by Saint- Saens, Tchaikovsky, and Corigliano.
A strong proponent of new music, Mr. Herd is a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Vicennium Void. Since its inception in 2013, the group has been the dedicatee of many works and were Artists-in-Residence at the Thailand International Composition Festival in June 2014 and 2015. Additionally, Mr. Herd has given a number of premiers including the NY premier of Pierre Jalbert’s Wild Ambrosia, and world premieres of Daniel Knagg’s Ancient Ruins, and Chris Walczak’s Incorporeal Spaces.
Equally committed to bringing classical music to new audiences, Mr. Herd is the founder and director of the Geneva Music Festival in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Each summer, the Festival presents a three-week long chamber music series, bringing in esteemed guest artists from throughout the United States, as well as donating educational concerts to local school districts.
Mr. Herd will be joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in the fall of 2016. Currently he is working towards a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he is the Benjamin Armistead Shepherd Teaching Fellow and a student of Paul Kantor. Previously, he received an Artist Diploma from Yale University where he was the recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize for excellence in violin and studied with Ani Kavafian. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, working with William Preucil and David Updegraff. Devoted to educating the next generation of classical musicians, Mr. Herd was a teaching artist at Yale University during his time there and acted as a teaching assistant to David Updegraff at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 2008-2010.
Christopher Janwong McKiggan
Pianist Christopher Janwong McKiggan’s playing has been called as “masterful, highly contrasted and sharply characterized” (Gramophone), and he has been hailed as having “astounding technique… startling poise and control” (Kansas City Star), “astonishing virtuosity and piano coloration” (The Citizen), being “commanding” (Limelight), “outstanding” (Bangkok Post) and “proving to be colossus, converting every piece into a virtuoso composition” (The Manila Times).
McKiggan won a top prize as laureate at the prestigious 12th UNISA International Piano Competition (WFIMC) and won numerous other awards, including the Gold Medal in the Seattle International Piano Competition, second prize in the Isabel Scionti International Music Competition, First Prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and awards in other national and international competitions, He is also the recipient of the Presser Award, for which he was awarded a grant to create the international relations project titled Resonance of Hope, an album of which will be released on CD later this year.
His appearance on 2015 recording of Augusta Read Thomas’s viola-piano duet Cantos for Slava (Augusta Read Thomas: Music for Strings, Nimbus Records, engineered by Grammy-winner Christopher Willis), was hailed as “virtuosi[c] and skilled[ed]” (Gramophone). His solo album, Paganimania, (Albany Records, 2015)was mixed and mastered by Grammy-Nominated sound engineer Ken Gorres. In its review of Paganimania, Fanfare, called McKiggan “the best hope for a global music of the future.”
McKiggan has been heavily involved with contemporary music after his teacher, Bennett Lerner, introduced him to it. He has given world premieres of compositions by Robert Beaser, Howard Shore, Augusta Read Thomas, Paul Schoenfeld, Hans-Jurgen von Bose, Viktor Ekimovsky, Atsuhiko Gondai, Kunihiko Ryo, Thomas Larcher, Emile Naoumoff, Peteris Vasks, Steward Wallace, and Harald Weiss. In 2012, McKiggan opened the Beijing Modern Music Festival with the Asian Premiere of Beaser’s Piano Concerto with the National Center for Performing Arts Orchestra, conducted by Lu Jia, at the National Center for Performing Arts Concert Hall (The Egg). In 2014, he gave the Asian premiere of Nobert Palej’s Piano Concerto, and in 2015 he gave the world premiere of Daniel Knagg’s Secret Alchemy, a piano concertino for piano, string trio and orchestra. McKiggan closed the 2015 Thailand International Composition Festival with the Asian Premiere of Pulitzer Prize -Winner Zhou Long’s Piano Concerto Postures with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jose-Luis Novo and will do the American premiere with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Novo in November 2016.
XiaoYin Zhang was born in Beijing following graduation from the Central Conservatory of Music High School, the Central Conservatory of Music accepted Zhang as a harp major, in addition to receiving numerous scholarships. 2003, Zhang received full scholarships tothe British Royal Academy of Music and the Boston Conservatory of Music. She would ultimately choose the Boston Conservatory of Music studying with Cynthia Price-Glynn, Ursula Holliger and Nancy Hurrell, earning her Master’s in Harp Performance in 2005, earning her Performance Diploma in 2006. While still a student, Zhang awarded the Davi Vhabner Scholarship twice, Chamber Music Performance Award four times, and won the Dean Special Music Awards. She was frequently invited to perform as a session musician, as well as being asked to perform as a soloist with the China National Symphony Orchestra and other regional professional orchestras.
As she went back to China 2006, Zhang joined the China Philharmonic Orchestra as a harp performer until 2014. And then she served as principle harp performer in China NCPA Orchestra and Tianjin song Opera and Dance Drama Theatre till now.She released her first solo album at 2011, named < Harp Dreams>. This album awarded the best harp album and Top 10 Hi-Fi Compilation Albums.
At 2011, she promoted a solo concert in Beijing Concert Hall. She released album The Snow Lotus, at 2013. This album won Best Soul Album nomination of 2015 Chinese golden melody award, and the World Traditional Album Nominee of 14TH Annual Independent Music Awards. She held a solo recital in Centennial Hall of Peking University at Nov 2014.
2014, She released album Lullaby, and founded Xiaoyin Zhang Harp Arts Center.
2015, She was invited as guest of honor by Hong Kong Government and Hongkong Youth Music Festival Committee Origination, and presented at the Hongkong Youth Music Festival which celebrating the 18 anniversary of the return of Hongkong.
Mara Gibson (b. 1972) is originally from Charlottesville, VA, graduated from Bennington College, and completed her Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo. She has received grants and honors from the American Composer’s Forum, the Banff Center, Louisiana Division of the Arts, ArtsKC, Meet the Composer, the Kansas Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Bass Society, ASCAP, and the John Hendrick Memorial Commission, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, MacDowell and Yale University. Internationally renowned ensembles and soloists have performed her music throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Dr. Gibson teaches at the UMKC Conservatory as Associate Teaching Professor while leading the Conservatory’s Community Music and Dance Academy as director; she is founder of the UMKC Composition Workshop and co-director/founder of ArtSounds and coordinates undergraduate composition.
Bach Aria Soloists
Bach Aria Soloists is dedicated to presenting the genius and relevance of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries and those inspired by him. The repertoire is adventurous and broad, including (but certainly not limited to!) chamber music from Baroque to Contemporary, art songs, jazz and tango.
BAS accomplishes this mission in three ways.
Performing vocal and chamber music in intimate settings, including Hauskonzerts, and in community venues to develop diverse audiences.
Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include debut appearances with the Rochester and Fresno Philharmonic Orchestras, return appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, Symphoria (former Syracuse Symphony), Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, and an impressive Kimmel Center debut in Philadelphia conducting the Curtis Institute Orchestra in a last minute replacement for an ailing Maestro Otto Werner Mueller. Prior guest conducting engagements have included, among others, appearances with the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Syracuse, Modesto, Tulsa, Windsor, Stamford, and Tallahassee Symphonies; the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; the Cleveland and Abilene Philharmonics; the Tenerife, Principado de Asturias, and Castilla y León Symphony Orchestras; the City of Granada Orchestra; the Andrés Segovia Chamber Orchestra at the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Vallés Symphony Orchestra at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, and the Echternach Festival Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and on tour in Luxembourg and Germany.
Collaborating with world-class artists to present multi-genre programs that are inspired by Bach.
Taking the brilliance of Bach to students through BachReach, an innovative outreach program that provides interactive demonstrations, historical perspective, performances of music from the greats, orchestral and chamber music master classes in schools and community settings.
Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Bach Aria Soloists has performed across the United States and is one of the few chamber music ensembles in the world whose performances regularly sell out.
Círculo Trio Founded in 2015 at Michigan State University, Círculo Trio has given performances in Michigan and New York, specializing in 20th/21st century repertoire. Aiming to promote performances of lesser-known works as well as bring new music to new audiences, the trio’s successful debut concert at the Music of the Mansion concert series in Lansing, MI featured the premiere of a new work written for and dedicated to the group by New York City-based Italian composer Paolo Marchettini. Círculo Trio was awarded 2nd prize in the ensemble category of the 2016 Salut International Performing Arts Competition. The trio is scheduled to make its international appearance as guest artist in the 12th Thailand International Composition Festival, to take place in July 2016.
was graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, under the direction of Prof. Huang Xiaotong. In 1993, he was transferred by the government to study in the Moscow State Conservatory named
after Tchaikovsky, where he studied under the world famous conductor G. Rozhdestvensky and later awarded the Doctor degree. He is now the dean of the conducting department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
During his career he has cooperated with numbers of well-known opera houses, orchestras and musicians both at home and abroad. Having a large repertoire including symphony, opera, ballet and symphonic chorus he is expert in Russian works, especially Shostakovich’s symphonies. His conducting is in a style of conciseness, nature and spirituality. When the fire passion crashes the ice rationality his movements is full of tension. In recent years he was invited as national representative to take part in those important international events, such as the gala concert of the “Sino-American Culture Year”, “Sino- French Culture Year”, “Sino-German Culture Year”, “Sino- Russian Culture Year”, etc.
In 2012 and 2013 he was successively invited to give performances by the Beijing Modern Music Festival.
In 2006, he was invited to be the jury member of the 8th Cadaques Orchestra International Conducting Competition in Spain.
Hailed by the press for his "warm hall-filling" tone and "moments of magic” in his playing, cellist Alvin Wong has appeared as a concerto soloist in Asia, Australia, Europe and USA. Critics described his recent Italian debut with the Boccherini Concerto “showed remarkable technique…conveyed expressive poetry with great intensity.” As a recitalist and chamber musician, Alvin toured China, southern Europe and the U.S., performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
An enthusiast in new music, Alvin has premiered concertos written for him by Barry Conyngham (ANZAC), James Ogburn (Cello Concerto: Singularity) and Angel Lam (Disappearing Garden, Capital Dream), and solo cello works by Chen Yi, Norbert Palej and Stuart Greenbaum, among others. He has also collaborated with composers such as Bright Sheng, Ezra Laderman, Zhou Long, and Augusta Read Thomas, and recorded works by Claude Baker and Ingram Marshall. Recently he presented recitals of all-Chinese contemporary works across China and USA, and was a featured artist at The Thailand International Composition Festival and Intimacy of Creativity (Hong Kong).
As a chamber musician, Alvin has appeared in the Atlantic Music Festival (Maine), the iPalpiti Festival of International Soloists (Los Angeles), and Festival de Carvalho (Brazil), and Missouri Symphony Orchestra Festival (USA). He was a founding member of the award-winning Noble Trio (piano trio), and performed with artists such as Ani Kavafian, Frederieke Saeijs and Jian Wang.
Alvin joined the faculty of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at The University of Melbourne (Australia) in January 2014. Prior, he taught at Connecticut College (USA), and served as the principal cellist of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. He has given masterclasses in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and across the US. Alvin holds music degrees from Eastman, Indiana and Yale, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma. His major teachers were legendary cellists and pedagogues Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot.
In 2015, Alvin founded and directed the inaugural Melbourne Cello Festival to “a huge success…buzzing with excitement from day one. Well run and inspiring!” reported by Stringendo, the national Australian strings magazine.
Sawasdee Woodwind Quintet
Sawasdee Woodwind QuintetSawasdee Woodwind Quintet is a small chamber music ensemble consists of 5 woodwind instruments, which are Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn and a Piano. The ensemble consists of classical musicians of the new generation. Each had the opportunity to study music seriously both in Thailand and abroad, and also gained plenty of experience performing with professional ensembles in Thailand’s classical music circle. With growing fans, Sawasdee was established in June 2008 with the intention to continue creating musical activities, including concerts, workshops and international competitions to develop their own ability and to create more variety to Thailand’s classical music scene.
In March 2010, with a support from Fund for Classical Music Promotion Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana , Sawasdee was awarded the semi-finalists prize from the TEREM Crossover Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Apart from giving concerts, Sawasdee was invited by Singapore National Youth Orchestra to give its members workshop in 2012.
Future engagements include a recital as a part of Sunday Concert Series organized by Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music on 1st September 2013, a recital at Sala Sudasiri Sobha on 13th October 2013 and an invitation from Chiangrai Rajabhat University to give a workshop and a mini-recital this September.
Piyawat Louilarpprasert (b.1993) is a Thai composer. Piyawat's music has been accepted and performed in several international festivals, TENSO Choir 2016 (Mechelen and Copenhagen), 47th Darmstadt Festival, London National Portrait Gallery, Mozart of Tomorrow (UK), Asian Composer League (Japan) and more. Recently, he is selected in Lucerne Festival Young Composer with Wolfgang Rihm in August. He has received Léon Goossens Award, Princess Galyani Vadhana Youth Orchestra Award, Asia-Pacific Saxophone Composition Award, SEADOM Award, Young Composer in Southeast Asia Award, and Young Thai Artists Awards. Recently, he is selected as representative young composer in Asian Composer League 2016 in Vietnam. He took masterclasses with Chaya Czernowin, Helmut Lachenmann, Enno Poppe, Mark Andre and more. He has been worked with Trio Surplus, Ensemble Mozaik, ACME, Lucerne Alumni, University Cincinnati Chamber Players, Stockport Youth Orchestra, P.Y.O., Royal Northern Sinfonia and more. Recently, he received several commissions such as Riot Ensemble (UK), Robert Richardson Brass Band (UK), Ensemble Vertixe Sonora (Spain) and Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TH). He graduated from College of Music, Mahidol University, B.M. in composition and conducting with Valeriy Rizayev and Pamornpan Komolpamorn. Currently, he is studying composition with Dai Fujikura and Gilbert Nouno at RCM, London.
Second-place winner of the 2013 American Prize in Conducting, Thanapol Setabrahmana is a conductor with versatile repertoire consisting of orchestral, wind ensemble, choral, operatic and contemporary music. He received a doctoral degree in conducting (with Music History cognate) from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He also holds a master's degree in conducting (graduated with Academic Honor) from the New England Conservatory and a bachelor degree in music composition from the College of Music, Mahidol University. Setabrahmana was recently appointed as the new Director of Bands at his alma mater and serves as the conductor of Mahidol Wind Symphony.
Prior to coming back to Thailand, Setabrahmana served as an assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, as well as served as a faculty member of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Preparatory Division. As a doctoral conducting associate at CCM, he regularly conducted chamber orchestras and all wind ensembles. He also guest conducted the CCM Brass Choir and Cafe MoMus Contemporary Ensemble.
He has participated in several international conducting masterclasses and has led various ensembles in performance in Europe and the United States. He had privilege to work with many prestigious groups such as the Chamber Philharmonic of Catalonia, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eastman WInd Ensemble, and the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble. Through these events, he also had opportunities to work with several famous conducting pedagogues such as Gustav Meier, Larry Rachleff, Donald Hunsberger, Timothy Reynish, H. Robert Reynolds, Michael Haithcock, Donato Renzetti, Leonid Korchmar, among others. His major mentors include Christopher Hughes, Charles Peltz, William Drury, Terrence Miligan, and Glenn D. Price.
John Melcher has spent most of his life outside the "New Music" world, preferring an artistic path free of the aesthetic and financial compromises that often accompany the quest for professional success. Instead, he has for several decades followed the example of American composer Charles Ives, writing in his spare time while pursuing various occupations. Freedom from practical performance restraints has enabled him to develop a body of work that is often extremely complex, infused with his fascination with fractals and chaos, and sometimes unplayable by humans. In 1981, Melcher acquired an Apple II computer equipped with special audio hardware and began developing software, including the earliest MIDI recording applications for Passport Designs. Using synthesizers to realize musical ideas that had exisited only on paper or in his imagination, he lost interest in securing instrumental performances for many years. An employment opportunity sent him to Thailand in 1997, where he currently lives and now composes full time. After retiring from the business world in 2009, he began producing recordings of his work, using a virtual orchestra of computers and software (and the occasonal human) under the name "Lomluka Sinfonia." To date, three albums are released and available from the usual online sources, with more scheduled for release in 2016-17. Born in Indianapolis, USA, Melcher studied privately with composer, conductor and lifelong mentor Thomas Briccetti, with Vincent Persichetti and Hall Overton at The Juilliard School, and Michael Czajkowski at the Buchla synthesizer-based Composer's Workshop in New York. He left Juilliard after a heated debate with faculty member Elliot Carter concerning the validity of mathematics as a musical composition tool. He subsequently took mathematics and computer programming classes at Indiana University and City College of San Francisco.
Brian Mills creates works in a variety of media: acoustic and electronic music, video, and film. His works frequently explore themes of vulnerability and desperation amid alternating whimsical and penetrating tableaus of images, music, and text. His interest in acoustic composition recently returned to works for guitar ensembles of various dimensions while theoretical concerns remain focused on practical applications of set theory and modes limited transposition to practice routines. Ongoing aesthetic interests are associated with the evaluation of abstract media and the perception of interactive audio performance systems versus pre-composed electro-acoustic composition and electronics. He has been an on the faculties of the University of Miami, Florida International University, Adams State College, the New World School of the Arts, Miami-Dade College, and Mahidol University. Currently, he instructs music theory and composition at Assumption University’s School of Music. His works have been performed or screened in professional and collegiate settings in North America, Europe, and Asia. He earned his doctorate in composition from the University of Miami and studied under Steven Everett, Dinos Constantinides, Stephen Beck, Dennis Kam, and Morton Subotnick.
Sarah Kirkland Snider
Recently deemed “among the brightest lights to emerge in recent seasons” (Time Out New York) and “a potentially significant voice on the American music landscape” (Philadelphia Inquirer), composer Sarah Kirkland Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative that has been hailed as “rapturous” (The New York Times), “haunting” (The Los Angeles Times), and “strikingly beautiful” (Time Out New York). With an ear for the poetic and a careful attention to detail, Snider’s music draws upon a variety of influences to foreground nuanced and immersive storytelling. Of her orchestral song cycle, Penelope, Pitchfork proclaimed: “Snider’s music lives in…an increasingly populous inter-genre space that, as of yet, has produced only a few clear, confident voices. Snider is perhaps the most sophisticated of them all.”
The 2013 winner of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award, Snider has received commissions and performances internationally from the San Francisco Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, the North Carolina Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.