Music Program
 

Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

Meet The Composer, Symphony Space, Purchase College Conservatory of Music, Hallwalls, The New York State Music Fund

New Music for Soloist Champions!

Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. Buffalo

Meet the Composer celebrates soloists and composers collaborating to break new ground and traverse a broad musical terrain. This world premiere concert features eight remarkable new works from eight dynamic pairings, including flutist Margaret Lancaster with Joan La Barbara, trombonist Monique Buzzarté with Alice Shields, pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen with Huang Ruo, pianist Lisa Moore with Don Byron, percussionist Dominic Donato with Ushio Torikai, soprano Mary Nessinger with Steven Burke, saxophonist Taimur Sullivan with Jason Eckardt and violinist Todd Reynolds with Michael Lowenstern.

New Works for Soloist Champions is a project of Meet The Composer in collaboration with Symphony Space, Purchase College Conservatory of Music, and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. It is made possible by major support from The New York State Music Fund.


The Program

Alice Shields - River of Memory, for solo trombone & computer generated sounds
Monique Buzzarté (trombone).

Ushio Torikai - Metal Songs, for live percussion & pre-recorded sounds
Dominic Donato (percussion).

Jason Eckhardt - Still, for solo baritone saxophone
Taimur Sullivan (baritone saxophone).

Steven Burke - Skin, for mezzo-soprano voice, accompanied by cello
Mary Nessinger; Cello accompanist: Ted Mook.

Michael Lowenstern - Mash Up, for violin, electronic sounds, & laptop computer
Todd Reynolds (violin).

Joan La Barbara - ATMOS, for flute, movement, pre-recorded sounds, & lighting
Margaret Lancaster (flute).

Huang Ruo - Written on the Wind: A Multimedia Drama for Pipa, Voice, & Kinetic Painting
Min Xiao-Fen (pipa).

Don Byron - 7 Etudes, for piano & voice
Lisa Moore (piano).


The Soloists

Margaret Lancaster:
Flutist of choice for hoards of composers, Margaret Lancaster is an artist who hasn't merely 'pushed the envelope' of flute performance and repertoire, she's redefined it with fearless technique, musicianship, wit, and a clear sense of performance values. Noted for her inter-disciplinary collaboration with writers and composers, she has built a large repertoire of contemporary flute works composed specifically for her, that employ extended techniques, dance, drama, multi-media, and electronics.
"Our leading exponent of the avant-garde flute" -Kyle Gann, THE VILLAGE VOICE

Monique Buzzarté:
Trombonist/composer Monique Buzzarté is an avid proponent of contemporary music. Commissioning and premiering many new works for trombone alone and with electronics in addition to creating her own compositions, Ms. Buzzarté's recordings include Zanana's Holding Patterns (Deep Listening 30), John Cage's Five3 with the Arditti Quartet (Mode 75: John CAGE: Vol. 19 - The Number Pieces 2), Dreaming Wide Awake with the New Circle Five (Deep Listening 20), and on Noah Creshevsky's To Know and Not to Know (Tzadik 8036). Since 1983 her New Music from Women: Trombone project has supported the expansion of the trombone repertoire and in recognition of her long history of commissioning and premiering new works Meet the Composer selected her for their "Soloist Champions" program. An author and educator as well as a performer/composer, Ms. Buzzarté has published research on the brass music of women composers and received artist residencies for the development of a unique interactive performance interface for the trombone. Her advocacy work for women in music included coordinating efforts which led to the admission of women members into the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997. Ms. Buzzarté is certified to teach the meditative improvisation practices of Deep Listening.

Min Xiao-Fen:
Pipa player / vocalist Min Xiao-Fen, internationally known for her virtuosity and fluid style, is a prototype artist in this tradition. She has influenced countless Chinese musicians and her influence expands to players of all instruments and beyond China as well. Ms. Min learned the pipa with her father, Min Ji-Qian, a professor and pipa master at Nanjing University. Her work as a pipa soloist for the famed Nanjing National Music Orchestra from 1980 to 1992 set the standard for the rest of her career. After arriving in the United States in 1992, she began working with composers Zhou Long, Carl Stone and Chen Yi, then recorded The Moon Rising (Cala), hailed by BBC Music Magazine as "one of the best CDs of 1996," and Spring, River, Flower, Moon, Night (Asphodel), a brilliant solo set of traditional repertoire.

Adventure and exploration have always been a hallmark of this great artist's work, and Min has received high acclaim for her classical, new music and jazz performances. She was featured soloist with the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the vocal ensemble Chanticleer, the San Diego Symphony and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has performed solo concerts at the Vienna Music Festival, the Utrecht International Lute Festival, the Geneva Music Festival, the Berlin Chinese Music Festival, the New York Guitar Festival and at various jazz festivals in Paris, Quebec and Jakarta.

Lisa Moore:
Pianist/vocalist Lisa Moore was born in the leafy capital of Australia. Described by The New York Times as "lustrous at the keyboard, and at once engaging and challenging" and "the phenomenal pianist" in The Village Voice, she enjoys a diverse and creative musical life, having been based in New York City for the past 22 years performing new and old works for piano, voice, multi-media, chamber and theater groups. Recently appointed Artistic Curator of Australia's 2008 Canberra International Chamber Music Festival Sounds Alive series Moore is also the founding pianist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars and has premiered hundreds of new commissioned works for piano solo and ensemble. Her festival appearances include BBC Proms, Israel, Warsaw, Istanbul, Oslo, Lisbon, Berlin, Moscow, Uzbekistan, Dublin, Southbank, Hong Kong, Milan, Rome, Venice Biennale, Budapest, Prague, Holland, Paris d'Automne, BAM's Next Wave, Barcelona, Lincoln Center, Norfolk, Massmoca, Tanglewood, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney's Festival and Mostly Mozart. Moore has performed with the New York City Ballet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Steve Reich Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Paul Dresher Ensemble, BargeMusic, Da Capo Chamber Players, Manhattan Brass, Mabou Mines, John Jasperse Dance and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Moore currently teaches at the Yale/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and at Wesleyan University. Her 4 solo recordings are on Cantaloupe and Tall Poppies labels. 30 other chamber recordings are on Sony, Nonesuch, DG, CRI, BMG, Point, New World and New Albion. For more Moore please visit http://www.lisamoore.org/bio.htm

Dominic Donato:
Dr. Dominic Donato is active as a percussion soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He is a member of the Talujon Percussion Quartet and Newband and performs regularly with many New York new music groups and orchestras, including Ensemble 21, the ST-X Ensemble, Washington Square Chamber Music Society, League of Composers/ISCM, American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Eos Orchestra, and Riverside Symphony. As a soloist, Dominic has performed in New York City (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The Kitchen, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, the Bang on a Can Festival, Washington Square Church), Rome, Amsterdam, and Paris, where he gave the French premiere of Iannis Xenakis' "Percussion Concerto, Omega." In October 1999, he was invited to the Donaueschingen Music Festival, where he premiered James Tenney's "Song 'n' Dance for Harry Partch" with the SWR Symphony Orchestra. His solo performances include "Ais for Amplified Baritone, Percussion Soloist, and Large Orchestra" by Iannis Xenakis at the May 2000 Gulbenkian Festival in Lisbon, Portugal.

Mary Nessinger:
Mezzo-soprano Mary Nessinger has been heard in concert and recital throughout the United States and Europe. She is rapidly gaining attention for her critically acclaimed performances of some of last and this century's most dynamic works and for her astute interpretions of standard repertoire. Of recent performances, The New York Times has praised her "remarkable fluidity and beauty of tone", and described her interpretive skills as "a tour de force of characterization"; the New Yorker has heralded "her "exacting musicianship and quiet dignity (which) have made her a fixture of the New York scene". Ms. Nessinger has been heard as a soloist in some of this country's finest venues, including Carnegie, Alice Tully, Avery Fisher and Merkin Halls, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Freer Gallery in Washington D.C.; Jordan Hall and the Gardner Museum in Boston; and she has appeared internationally at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie in Berlin, the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

In addition to works from the standard repertoire, Ms. Nessinger has devoted herself to the performance of new music. She has enjoyed a close working relationship with some of contemporary music's brightest and most innovative composers including Lee Hyla, John Harbison, Haflidi Hallgrimsson, Harold Meltzer, Earl Kim, George Rochberg, Bernard Rands, George Crumb, Simon Bainbridge, Mathew Rosenblum, Jason Eckardt, Eric Moe, Pia Gilbert, and Ezra Sims.

Taimur Sullivan:
Saxophonist Taimur Sullivan enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, chamber musician, and member of the acclaimed PRISM Quartet. His performances have taken him from the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Knitting Factory, to engagements in Moscow, London, Germany, and throughout Latin America, and have garnered him critical praise as "outstanding…his melodies phrased as if this were an old and cherished classic, his virtuosity supreme" (New York Times) and as a player of "dazzling proficiency" (American Record Guide). Since 1994 he has been the principal saxophonist for numerous ensembles in New York City, and has performed with ensembles including Ensemble 21, Ensemble Sospeso, Speculum Musicae, Mark Morris Dance Company, Bang On a Can All-Stars, Glass Farm Ensemble, Fireworks Ensemble, Riverside Symphony, Absolute Ensemble, Concordia Orchestra, and Composers Concordance, among others. As a recording artist he has recorded for the Mode, New World, Albany, Capstone, Innova, Mastersound, Bonk and Zuma record labels. Mr. Sullivan is the Artist/Professor of Saxophone at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and is also serves on the faculty of the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music.

Mr. Sullivan has performed concertos with orchestras nationwide including the Cleveland, Detroit, and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, as a member of the PRISM Quartet, with whom he regularly present recitals, master classes and workshops throughout the United States and abroad. Most recently, the Quartet gave the world premiere of Steven Mackey's concerto Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, with the Nashville Symphony, and were also presented in concert by Carnegie Hall. Highlights of past seasons include a five-week tour of Latin America where he performed in Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador and Guatemala, and performed in concert with the famed Chilean band Inti-Illimani.

Todd Reynolds:
Violinist and composer Todd Reynolds began playing the violin at the age of four. During his first twenty-four years, he was steeped in the venerable classical music tradition like a teabag, learning all the violin concerti, Paganini Caprices and Bach Sonatas that the other children learned. His studies with the late violinist Jascha Heifetz and his position as one of the principals of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra highlighted his early career before his world exploded into an awareness of multiple genres, styles, disciplines and a fascination with electronic music and the digital world. Today he is known as an innovator in the arts and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls 'present music'. Founder of the amplified string quartet known as Ethel and a longtime member of Bang On A Can and the Steve Reich Ensemble, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation. Reynolds' music has been called "a charming, multi-mood extravaganza, playful like Milhaud, but hard-edged like Hendrix" (Strings Magazine), and his countless premieres and performances of everything from avant-garde classical music to Jazz to Rock'n'Roll seem to redefine the concert hall and underground club as undeniably and unavoidably intertwined.

The Composers

Joan La Barbara:
Joan La Barbara's career as a composer/performer/soundartist explores the human voice as a multi-faceted instrument expanding traditional boundaries, creating works for multiple voices, chamber ensembles, music theater, orchestra and interactive technology, developing a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques: multiphonics, circular singing, ululation and glottal clicks that have become her "signature sounds", garnering awards in the U.S. and Europe including the 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, the prestigious DAAD Artist-in-Residency in Berlin and 7 National Endowment for the Arts fellowships: Music Composition, Opera/Music Theatre, Inter-Arts, Recording (2), Solo Recitalist and Visual Arts; ISCM International Jury Award; Akustische International Competition Award; Meet The Composer and ASCAP Awards and numerous commissions for concert, theatre and radioworks. Commissions include tapeworks "in the dreamtime" and "Klangbild Köln" for WestDeutscher Rundfunk; "Dragons on the Wall", a music score commissioned by Mary Flagler Cary Trust and "Calligraphy II/Shadows" for voice and chinese instruments, both for Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company; the choral work "to hear the wind roar" for Gregg Smith Singers, I Cantori and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe and "Events in the Elsewhere" from "The Misfortune of the Immortals", both funded by Meet the Composer/Lila Wallace; "Awakenings" for chamber ensemble, commissioned by the University of Iowa Center for New Music, "L'albero dalle foglie azzurre" (tree of blue leaves) for solo oboe and tape, commissioned by the Saint Louis Symphony, and "A Trail of Indeterminate Light" for cellist who also sings. "73 Poems", her collaborative work with text artist Kenneth Goldsmith, was included in "The American Century Part II: SoundWorks" at The Whitney Museum of American Art and recently performed as part of Poetry International 2004 at London's Royal Festival Hall. "Messa di Voce", an interactive media work, in collaboration with Jaap Blonk, Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman, premiered at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria on September 7, 2003 and was awarded Honorary Mention in the 2004 Prix Ars Electronica. The American Music Center's Live Music for Dance program recently commissioned a new score from La Barbara, "Landscape over Zero" for Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and Ne(x)tworks ensemble for the 2004-2005 season. La Barbara is currently at work on "WoolfSong", a new opera inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf./

Alice Shields:
Alice Shields has created many electronic and computer works, operas and pieces for dance and voice, as well as chamber music. Recent works include Saundarya Lahari (2006) for flute, viola and harp, to be premiered by the Azure Ensemble in NYC in Fall, 2006; Kyrielle (2005) for violin and computer music, commissioned and performed by violinist Airi Yoshioka at venues including Conservatorio Piacenza, Piacenza, Italy on September 11, 2005; Mioritza - Requiem for Rachel Corrie (2004) for trombone and computer music,; Azure for flute, violin, viola, cello and computer music on tape (2003); The Mud Oratorio (2003), computer music; the computer piece Shenandoah (2002),; the computer piece Dust (2001; the electronic operas Apocalypse (1994; CRI Records), "Shaman" (1987) and Mass for the Dead (1993) both premiered by the American Chamber Opera Company, and the electronic dance-drama Shivatanz (1993) premiered by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.

Unique among classical composers, Shields has been a professional opera singer, performing traditional and modern roles at the New York City Opera (Monteverdi's Ulisse), the Opera Society of Washington, D.C. (Wagner's Walküre), the Clarion Opera Society in Italy (Cavalli's Giasone), and the Wolf Trap Opera (Mozart's Idomeneo). Since 1991 she has performed Nattuvangam (South Indian rhythmic recitation) for Bharata Natyam dance-drama at Wesleyan University, Julliard School, the Asia Society, and the American Museum of Natural History, and since 1996 has studied Hindustani raga singing with the Bangladeshi singer Marina Ahmed Alam, herself a student of the internationally-known singer Pandit Jasraj.

All Shields' recent compositions reflect her immersion in Indian classical music and dance. Her computer piece Dust (2001) is composed in Indian ragas with rhythmic patterns from traditional Indian dance-drama (Bharata Natyam). Commissioned by Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh and choreographed by Mark Taylor of Dance Alloy and Anita Ratnam of Arangham Dance Theatre of Madras, India, Dust premiered in Pittsburgh in May 2001, with repeat performances in Sept., 2001, and in March, 2002 at Longwood Gardens and at Swarthmore College.

Huang Ruo:
Huang Ruo was born in Hainan Island, 1976, the year the Chinese culture revolution ended. His father, who is a well-known composer in China, started teaching him composition and piano since he was six years old. Growing up in the 80's and the 90's, when China was steadily opening up its gate to the Western world, he received both traditional and western education in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he was admitted into the composition program studying with Deng Erbo when he turned 12. Witnessing the dramatic cultural and economic changes in China, his education expending from Bach, Mozart, Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, to Beatles, rock n' roll, heavy metal, and jazz, all of which were allowed to enter the cultural life in China approximately the same time after the culture revolution. All these 'new' western influences enable him to absorb them without any hierarchy and limitation of styles. Being part of the new generation Chinese composers, he knew clearly that his goal and task is not just to simply mix both Western and Eastern elements, but to go beyond that to create a seamless syntheses and a convincing organic unity, drawing influences from various genres and cultures. After winning the Henry Mancini Award at the 1995 International Film and Music Festival in Switzerland, he moved to the United States for further education. Since then, he has gotten a BM degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a MM degree from the Juilliard School, and is working with Samuel Adler at the Juilliard School approaching a Doctor of Musical Art degree in Composition program. Huang is currently a composition faculty member of the SUNY Purchase. Huang is a permanent resident of the United States, and a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Don Byron:
Bronx, New York-born Don Byron is a singular voice in an astounding range of musical contexts, exploring widely divergent traditions while continually striving for what he calls "a sound above genre." As clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and social critic, he redefines every genre of music he plays, be it classical, salsa, hip-hop, funk, klezmer, rhythm & blues, or any jazz style from swing and bop to cutting-edge downtown improvisation.

Since the early 1990s, he has been consistently voted best clarinetist by critics and readers alike in leading international music journals, and is acclaimed as much for his restless creativity as for his unsurpassed virtuosity as a player. Byron has presented a multitude of projects at major music festivals around the world, most recently in Vienna, San Francisco, Hong Kong, London, New Zealand, and New York, including a run on Broadway. His countless collaborations with other artists range from the Duke Ellington Orchestra to Daniel Barenboim to Salif Keita. He has composed and arranged music for films, dance, and for chamber ensembles and appeared as actor in the film "Kansas City" by Robert Altman and in "Lulu on the Bridge" by Paul Auster. He has composed the soundtracks for several documentary films, including director Joel Katz's acclaimed "Strange Fruit" about the history of the anti-lynching song made famous by Billie Holiday, and for "Red-Tailed Angels," a film about the Tuskegee Airmen.

From 2000-05, Byron was Artist-in-Residence at New York's Symphony Space, where he curated the "Contrasting Brilliance" series in performances with his Adventurers Orchestra, interpreting music ranging from Stravinsky to Sly Stone and from Raymond Scott to Earth, Wind and Fire, among others.
His discography comprises a dozen albums for mostly Blue Note and Nonesuch Records. Ivey-Divey, his Lester Young/Nat King Cole/Buddy Rich Trio-inspired recording, was voted Record of the Year 2004 by Jazz Times Magazine and nominated for a Grammy Award. His newest CD releases are A Ballad for Many, featuring his own compositions performed by the Bang On A Can All-Stars (on Cantaloupe Music) and Do the Boomerang, a tribute to the music of soul/R&B legend, saxophonist/singer Junior Walker (on Blue Note).

Ushio Torikai:
Ushio Torikai (b. Matsumoto, Japan, 1952) is a Japanese composer of contemporary classical music. She began her musical studies with the violin and piano, later learning the shamisen and koto, both traditional Japanese string instruments. She holds a B.A. in economics from Keio University in Tokyo. In 1979 she began a concert series of her music in Tokyo. She has lived in New York City since 1986, after having been awarded a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council.

Torikai has composed for both Western and Japanese instruments, as well as electronic music. Her works have been performed in Japan, China, Mongolia, France, Germany, Hungary, and the United States. She has received commissions from the Japan National Theater, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, the City of Los Angeles, the Modern Art Sextet (Berlin), the Continuum Ensemble (New York), the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, and the Kronos Quartet. Her recent album A UN features a 75-minute work for 40 Japanese Buddhist monks singing in the shomyo style of Buddhist chant. Her earlier CD GO WHERE? was recorded at IRCAM in Paris. She has also written an opera, entitled Red Beads.

Steven Burke:
Cited by the American Academy of Arts and Letters as a composer who "has that rarest of inventive gifts, a personal voice," Steven Burke is quickly being recognized as one of the leading voices of his generation. His music has won praise for its emotional power and mastery. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times wrote "the writing has power…stinging emotions." Paul Griffiths of the New York Times wrote, his work "might have been written by Brahms after hearing the Rite of Spring…highly accomplished…bursting with historical awareness and creative confidence." Composer David Del Tredici, recognized as the father of the Neo-Romantic movement, has said on public radio "There are some wonderful composers who are emerging now and who will be voices of their generation. One is Steven Burke, a remarkable composer. Completely trusting of his instinct, who writes passionate, wild, and completely controlled music."

Steven Burke began his musical studies with the trumpet at age seven. In college, he divided his time between music and science. He taught college chemistry as a sophomore and was involved with neurosurgery research at New York University Medical Center. Ironically, it was nerve damage that forced him to abandon trumpet and start composing. Once he started composing, he realized his passion and since age twenty has pursued composition exclusively. He went on to earn degrees from Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Yale University and Cornell University. He has studied with Jacob Druckman, Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Lukas Foss, Martin Bresnick and Chester Biscardi.

Jason Eckardt:
Jason Eckardt (b. 1971) played guitar in jazz and metal bands until, upon first hearing the music of Webern, he immediately devoted himself to composition. Since then his music has been influenced by his interests in perceptual complexity, the physicality of performance, and self-organizing processes in the natural world. He has been recognized through commissions from Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Guggenheim Museum, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the New York State Music Fund, Meet the Composer, the Oberlin Conservatory, and percussionist Evelyn Glennie; awards from the League of Composers/ISCM (National Prize), Deutschen Musikrat-Stadt Wesel (Symposium NRW Prize), the Aaron Copland Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts, ASCAP, the University of Illinois (Martirano Prize), the Alice M. Ditson Fund, and Columbia University (Rapoport Prize); and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Fondation Royaumont, the MacDowell and Millay Colonies, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, the Composers Conference at Wellesley, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music.

Michael Lowenstern:
Considered the pre-eminent bass clarinetist of his generation, Michael Lowenstern has performed to critical and popular acclaim throughout the Americas and Europe. He has performed, recorded and toured the U.S. and abroad with ensembles of every variety including The Klezmatics, The Steve Reich Ensemble, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with whom he will be touring throughout the summer and fall of 2001. In September 2000, Lowenstern accepted an appointment with the New Jersey Symphony.

Also active as a composer, Lowenstern has written music for concert, recordings, dance, film, CD-ROM, and his own performing ensembles. He is currently working as the head composer for Grey Advertising's e-Marketing division, writing internet or "e-jingles" for clients such as Oracle, Warner Brothers, Chase Manhattan Bank and British Airways. Actively involved with new technology in sound and music, Lowenstern is one of this country's leading producers of creative electro-acoustic music, both for his own works and in collaboration with other composers. To date he has been recorded on over thirty CDs; he has two solo recordings, the critically acclaimed "Spasm" (1996) on New World Records, and his newest "1985" (2000) on Capstone Records.

In 1989, Lowenstern was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to study in Amsterdam, and in 1991 was the top prizewinner at the International Gaudeamus Competition in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Featured in the 20th Anniversary issue of Keyboard magazine, Titus Levi wrote, "Lowenstern's fierce bass clarinet playing always injects a sense of urgency into the mix." In addition to performing his own works, during the past decade, Lowenstern has contributed significantly to an instrument that remains underrepresented in American solo literature by commissioning over twenty American composers to write solo works for the bass clarinet. He received his training from the Eastman School of Music (BM, Performer's Certificate), the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam (Artist's Certificate), and the State University of New York at Stony Brook (MM, DMA), studying clarinet and bass clarinet with Charles Neidich, Harry Sparnaay, Richard MacDowell and John Bruce Yeh, and composition with Daniel Weymouth. Lowenstern is on the faculty of the Juilliard School.


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