Michael Lee is a Korean-American composer born in Atlanta and is currently studying under Prof. Samuel Adler at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Mr. Lee is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he was the recipient of both the Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize and the Howard Hanson Award. Among his many accomplishments, Michael is most recently a finalist in the 28th ALEA II International Composition Competition.
Michael's Capriccio for violin and piano "a voice in the waves" received very high praise and personal critique from the faculty at Juilliard, including John Corigliano, Robert Beaser, and Christopher Rouse. Michael is a recipient of the $20,000 Cartwright Scholarship from Juilliard. Michael is also a recipient of a letter of praise from BMI for a "promising work for the future" for his Metropolis Piano Concerto. He has received a $1,000 professional performance award for his chamber work, which has been performed in the same program with the Van Cliburn Gold medalist, Jon Nakamatsu. His work has also been selected for professional orchestral performances in Europe. Michael has continuously received guidance and high commendations for his young, innovative and ambitious music compositions by a wide array of successful composers of various styles including Milton Babbitt, Christopher Theofanidis, Yehudi Wyner, Sir Nicholas Maw, Samuel Adler and John Corigliano. Michael's developing and maturing interests have revolved around his pride and passion for being an American composer.
Joyce Wai-chung Tang
Joyce Wai-chung Tang was born in Hong Kong. She obtained Master's degrees in both composition and electroacoustic music at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She graduated with a PhD in musicology from the University of Hong Kong. Her compositions have been widely performed and broadcast. Many of her works have also been selected for performance in major contemporary music festivals/conferences, such as the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days, International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), International Rostrum of Composers, Journées d'Informatique Musicale (JIM), Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Asian Composers' League Contemporary Music Festivals, Hong Kong Arts Festival, and Musicarama Festivals. Her works have been performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong Bach Choir, RTHK Quartet, NEW Quartet, Ensemble TIMF, North/South Consonance, and the Sregnis Singers. She has received commissions by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Arts Festival, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra, Contemporary Musiking, and the Hong Kong Composers' Guild.
Vera Ivanova graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (Honours Diploma), Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (MM with distinction), and the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D. in Composition). Her works have been performed in Russia, Europe and the USA. After teaching as Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the Setnor School of Music of Syracuse University (NY), she was appointed as Assistant Professor of Music at the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University (Orange, CA). Ms. Ivanova is a recipient of the Sproull Fellowship at Eastman, the Gwyn Ellis Bequest Scholarship at Guildhall School, Moscow Culture Committee and American Composers Forum Subito grants, Honourable mention at the 28th Bourges Electroacoustic Competition, 3rd Prize at the 8th International Mozart Competition, 1st Prize in Category "A" at the International Contest of Acousmatic Compositions Métamorphoses 2004 (Belgium), the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, the André Chevillion-Yvonne Bonnaud Composition Prize at the 8th International Piano Competition at Orleans (France), and Special Award from Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music. Her music is available in print from Universal Edition, on CDs from Quartz Music Ltd, Centaur Records (CRC 3056), Musiques & Recherches (Métamorphoses 2004).
Zach Zubow’s compositions have been featured on numerous new music conferences and festivals throughout the United States and abroad, including the 2010 Society of Composers (SCI) National Conference in Columbia, South Carolina. Zach was also named regional winner in the 2011 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission Award for his string quartet, Sundown, and was also the 2011 recipient of the first prize from the biannual Five College Composition Competition hosted by the University of Massachusetts Five College New Music Festival for his alto saxophone and percussion duo, Rounded Angles. As well as composing, Zach has presented his research regarding beat class transformations in Ligeti’s Étude No. 4, Fanfares, from Ligeti’s first book of Études that will be published in the online journal, Proceedings, for the New Music Festival at the University of Central Missouri. Zach was also recently accepted as one of six composers worldwide to participate in the Alba New Music Festival in Alba, Italy in May 2011, where Mr. Brian Ganz performed Zach’s work for solo piano titled Prevailing Wind. Zach has received degrees from Luther College, Illinois State University and is now pursuing a PhD in music composition at The University of Iowa.
Daniel Blinkhorn's works often gravitate around a synchronicity of frequency, texture, gesture, space, location and motion. He is increasingly interested in working at the nexus of environmental sound, electroacoustic music and acousmatic soundart.
As an educator he has worked in a variety of academic, research and teaching contexts, and while his creative work as an artist typically gravitates around the electroacoustic, audiovisual and acousmatic genres, his output also includes chamber, symphonic and wind orchestra works, music for film, dance and various hybrid/intermedia environments, sound installations and radiophonics. He is a member of various new music initiatives and is a represented composer at the Australian Music Centre. Between 2007 and 2011 he undertook residencies in composition and digital media at a variety of international institutions including Centre National de Création Musicale, La Muse en Circuit, Paris; Visby International Centre for Composers, Sweden; Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida; Centre d'arts Orford, Montreal; EcoSono Institute, West Indies; Mamori Artlab, Amazon Basin Brazil; Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Australia; and the Arctic Circle 2011—an artist and scientist led expedition throughout the Arctic circle. Daniel's works are increasingly performed, exhibited, presented and broadcast internationally at festivals/concert halls, conferences, galleries and other venues, where he has also received numerous citations at prestigious international composition competitions. He has undertaken studies at a number of universities including University of New South Wales and University of Wollongong, where he received his Doctoral Degree in Composition.
Lucas Lechowski was born in Poland, where he began his professional music training at age seven in classical violin. In 1999 he was admitted to the violin class at the Department of String Instruments and to the Jazz Department of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. He holds a BA in Violin Performance, an MA in Jazz Violin Performance and an MA in Jazz Guitar Performance. He started to perform professionally at the age of 12. He has been collaborating with symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, string quartets, baroque ensembles, big bands, jazz ensembles, pop, rock, and theatrical groups. He collaborated with such artists as: Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Tony Bunn, Carl Grubbs, Bernard Maseli, and Urszula Dudziak, among others. He has performed in many music, film and theatre festivals in Poland and abroad. Along with exploring the artistry of violin he has always been fascinated with the possibilities that new technologies can contribute to the field of music. He has originated two experimental music projects: Hello, and Number 0. Hello, combines music with images and animations while Number 0 brings composed digital music into improvised soundscapes. He has also written music for the project Sketches from Virtual Spaces—the exploration of architecture in cyberspace. He is a member of The Society of Composers and Lyricists and ASCAP. Lucas currently resides in Maryland in the United States.
A man whose music has been described as "vital and original" (American Record Guide) and with "undeniable integrity" (The Village Voice), award-winning composer Arthur Gottschalk is a Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. With the number of compositions in his catalog now approaching two hundred, his music is regularly performed domestically and overseas, and his works are recorded on New Ariel, Crystal Records, Summit, Capstone, Beauport Classical, ERMMedia, Golden Crest, MSR Classics, Ablaze Records, and AURecordings. His works are published by Subito Music, Shawnee Press, European American Music Distributors, Alea Publishing, Trevco Music, Potenza Music, and The Spectrum Press. Dr. Gottschalk has worked in diverse areas of music, including composing and arranging music for feature films, television scores, numerous industrial films and commercials, music publishing, and artist management. He continues to work as an expert in music copyright cases and as a forensic musicologist. In 2006, his Concerto for Violin and Symphonic Winds won the First Prize of the XXV Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Originale (Corciano, Italy), and in 2011 he was awarded a prestigious Bogliasco Fellowship for further work in Italy. Dr. Gottschalk's many other awards include the Charles Ives Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and composer residencies at the famed Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Since 1980, he has been the recipient of annual awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. A student of renowned American composers William Bolcom, Ross Lee Finney, and Leslie Bassett, Professor Gottschalk carries on this important lineage by producing students who compose original and innovative music in various forums throughout the world.