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Richard Cameron-Wolfe Project

Composer-pianist Richard Cameron-Wolfe was born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and received his music training at Oberlin College and Indiana University. His principal piano teachers were Joseph Battista and Menahem Pressler. His composition teachers included Bernard Heiden, Iannis Xenakis, and John Eaton, followed by post-graduate mentorship with Noel Farrand, Dane Rudhyar, and the painter Robert Kostka (whose art graces the cover of this CD).

After brief teaching positions at Indiana University, Radford College (Virginia), and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Cameron-Wolfe moved to New York City, where he performed and composed for several major ballet and modern dance companies. In 1978 he began a 24-year Professorship at Purchase College, State University of New York, resigning in 2002 in order to devote his life primarily to piano performance and composing.

Dedicated to the promotion of modern classical music - which he prefers to call “sound art” - Cameron-Wolfe has served as an administrator for several musical organizations: Friends of American Music (1974 to the present), the New Mexico Music Festival (1978-82), Music from Angel Fire (1984), The Charles Ives Center (1990-91), and as Executive Director of the American branch of CESAME: the Center for Soviet/American Musical Exchange (1989-93).

He now lives in the mountains of northern New Mexico, where he teaches piano and hosts a monthly three-hour “Sunday Morning [Un]Classics” radio show, dominated by 20th-century music, at www.krza.org. His current projects include the recording and editing of two CDs – a second one of his own compositions, the other showcasing his unique piano repertoire of music by lesser-known 20th-century composers.

Cameron-Wolfe’s composition A Measure of Love and Silence, a cantata based on the poetry of Tatyana Apraksina (set in both Russian and English translation) was premiered on May 18, 2008 at the St. Petersburg “Musical Spring” Festival, then receiving its first USA performance on June 7 in New York City. His Refuge (on this CD) was premiered in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 30, 2008 and performed again in New York City in June 2009. At the October 2009 Astrakhan Festival, his Roerich Rhapsody (also on this CD) was premiered, to be repeated later that month at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in Moscow, during his piano concert (which included the Russian-narrated premiere of Erik Satie’s charismatic ballet score Uspud).

In recent years, Cameron-Wolfe has also performed in Berlin, at the Moscow Autumn Festival, three times at the Astrakhan Festival (2006, 2009, and 2011), and twice at the Zhitomir Festival (Ukraine). In the autumn of 2011, he toured Russia (including Siberia), lecturing and performing a piano concert titled “A Rainbow of American Piano Music”, which featured music by native-born as well as émigré composers. In November of 2012 he performed the music of Erik Satie in Kiev at the “Open Secret” concert in Kiev.

His 90-minute multimedia event Portal was premiered in Riga, Latvia in 2012, and his tribute to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, titled Sacre-lege, will premiere in New Mexico in March, 2013. and his Bridge of Souls will premiere at the Zhitomir Festival (Ukraine) in May, 2013.

Cameron-Wolfe is currently [2013] composing three new works: An Inventory of Damaged Goods (a piano suite), a sacred work titled Breathless for soprano, cello and guitar quartet, and an orchestral work: Reliquary: Infra/Ultra.