Christopher Caliendo - Composer, Guitarist, Publisher
Composer, guitarist, conductor, teacher and publicist Christopher Caliendo has written over five hundred classical/world music compositions, some of which comprise his American Tangos, American Gypsy, Chamber Jazz, Classical Jazz and World Music collections. He has appeared at numerous festivals in residence, including the prestigious Sunflower Music Festival where an evening of his world music compositions was performed live, on NPR radio. His unique blend of musical styles within the classical school has attracted a considerable following. Critics have rejoiced calling him "America's next Gershwin" Vatican Press, Rome.
A student at New England Conservatory with a BA from Lowell College of Music, Mr. Caliendo was the recipient of the Henry Mancini Award for Film Composition and was invited to study at UCLA where he earned his Master of Arts Degree with the highest honors in Theory/Composition. Other awards include the Artin Arslanian Scholarship for Humanities, a decorative scroll from the City of Los Angeles for outstanding gifts as a composer, guitarist, pianist and teacher, and the Peabody Grant for Scholarship. In 1992 Christopher became the only American composer in Vatican history to be twice commissioned by the Pope for the Vatican's, Encounters of Sacred Music Festival, held in Rome, Italy. His sacred two hour musical drama based on four the Catholic Church’s most enigmatic pioneers in Western spirituality, "The Mystic Saints", was the direct result of those commissions.
His film composition resume includes prime time TV for the CBS network's legendary series "Dallas" and for the award winning series "Paradise", where he received an Emmy nomination for his work with composer Jerrold Immel. He has worked as a silent film feature composer for both SONY and Turner Classic Movies and most recently became the first composer in motion picture history to re-score a major motion picture - the restoration and re-release of Sam Peckinpah's epic Western, "Major Dundee". The New York Times calls it, "a vastly improved musical score." Recently Intrada records and SONY Pictures partnered on mastering the CD sound track released under the “signature” series of great Hollywood film scores, 2006. The DVD release has garnered world-wide praise, film critic Leonard Maltin calls the score: “…..a tremendous asset and for Sam Peckinpah buffs – a great victory.” Christopher recently finished recording a movie sound track with the multi Grammy Award winning artists, “The Manhattan Transfer” for a film directed by Larry Blamier.
The Daily News in Los Angeles named Christopher Caliendo "a wunderkind!" while and the Los Angeles Times described his performances as "The best bet of the evening".
His most recent recording - "Caliente" with flutist Laurel Zucker, is a compilation of dynamic and sensuous world music that has been described by Musikman - Keith Hannaleck as: "Christopher Caliendo is one fantastic guitar player..simply masterful and as fluid as humanly possible. A great composer....one of the best musicians in the world."
Christopher's sheet music publications are sold world wide through Caliendo World Music Publishing Inc. The company products have won numerous honors and awards - ten times receiving from the NFA the highest honor for best newly published music in the United States. His “Flute Concerto No. 1” has been endorsed by Miyazawa Flute Manufacturers whose artist Stacy Ascione will be giving its world premiere, March 10th, 2007 with the Prince William Symphony Orchestra. His sheet music publications are available with over 120 sound bytes and three DVD promos at: www.christophercaliendo.com
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