Stephen Hartke has been hailed as ”one of the most distinctive and important living composers” by The New York Times.
His album, "The Ascent of the Equestrian in a Balloon," recorded by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project with conductor Gil Rose, was voted one of the “Best Classical Music” recordings in 2017 by The New York Times.
SHIP OF STATE, Chamber Concerto for Piano and 20 Instruments by Stephen Hartke will receive its premiere on March 9, with Xak Bjerken, piano and the Oberlin Sinfonietta, Tim Weiss, conductor. Additional performances will follow on April 11, with the University of Southern California Thornton Edge Ensemble, Donald Crockett, conductor; and on April 15, given by Ensemble X, led by Tim Weiss. This performance is the first of two concertos by Hartke to receive its premiere this year.
The first Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize, Walker’s music is getting warranted attention during this 95th year celebration of his work. The BBC Proms recently presented his LYRIC FOR STRINGS, an honor rarely given to African American and minority composers.
The 2017-18 season has been a phenomenal one for Iranian-born composer Reza Vali. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra commissioned a new work, ISFAHAN, to be premiered June 2018. Meanwhile, the composer has enjoyed a major label recording release, a feature-length public radio broadcast dedicated to his music and several noteworthy performances of chamber and orchestral music. The Deutsche Grammophon label has released a world premiere recording by cellist Kian Soltani of Vali's PERSIAN FOLK SONGS, SET NO. 16C for cello and piano.
Twenty-six year old Peng-Peng Gong is China’s most performed and up-and-coming young composer. In 2014, he received his Bachelors of Music Degree from Juilliard, and became the only undergraduate in the history of the Juilliard School to have all of his scores purchased and displayed in their library. Two of the composer's most recent major works, his Viola Concerto and Sixth Symphony, both received premiere performances with the Shanghai Philharmonic on April 29, 2017.
Celebrating 15 years of composer Bruce Adolphe’s show, Piano Puzzlers on public radio, he has launched a website with some fabulous pianists playing the puzzlers: Orli Shaham, Orion Weiss, Joseph Kalichstein, Fabio Luisi (the conductor), and Marija Stroke, plus Fred Child (host of Performance Today) and even some of the composer’s own performances. We invite you to delve into the rich offerings in our Spring 2018 update, including a world premiere in Milan, music inspired by a Buddhist myth, a tribute to a real life hero from World War Two Berlin, and yes, mysteries of the Piano Puzzlers revealed.