American classical composer John Mitchell was born in Hollywood, California on April 26,1941, first son of John Stewart Mitchell, pianist and cousin of Canadian novelist W.O. Mitchell, and Hungarian-born singer Teresa Hideg Mitchell. He studied music composition at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he became a protégé of Dr. John Vincent, then head of composition.
Since 1962 Mitchell has been a church music director, organist, and opera coach. His compositions include works for solo piano and organ, choral music, chamber music, art songs and operas. In 2000-2002 he wrote two piano sonatas, a song cycle based on T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, a setting of Robert Browning's Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came for vocal quartet, a quartet for flute, viola, bassoon and piano, a dance suite for piano, a requiem mass, and song settings of poetry of Anne Sexton. Current projects include song settings of the poetry of Dylan Thomas, Persian poet Kabir (in translation), South American poets Jorge Luis Borges and Delmira Agustini (in the original Spanish), a string quartet, and an opera based on Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. Mitchell is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the American Music Center, and the Center for Promotion of Contemporary Composers. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Vicky , a dog named Chelsea, and five cats (Elizabeth, Adolf, Shelley, Isolde and Babalou).
As I type this, I'm listening to the piano quartet and enjoying it enormously. What wonderful stuff!
(Jeffrey Sweet, playwright, http://hometown.aol.com/DgSWEET/index.html)
I took a chance and listened to your music on MP3.com. You are a great composer. I didn't know there were any of them out there any more. I wish you the best of luck with your great music.---David Bagno, composer, MP3.com, http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/62/david_bagno.html
Honestly, I don't like very much classical music.
So, the truth is that I made some effort to listen to John's "Trio for...". Well, efforts were to start. After 30 seconds no more effort and after 2 minutes I stopped.... and started again the whole song to get the pleasure of listening.
Well, just to say it's a good surprise to me. The rank of this song let me think that it probably is a good surprise too for thousands of listeners.---Michel Camboulives (CAMBOU), composer (Europop), MP3.com, http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/156/cambou.html
Estimado Maestro John Mitchell:
Hoy lo conocí por Internet en su página oficial, escuché las obras disponibles, y ya no dudé que estaba frente a un GRAN COMPOSITOR. ¡¡¡Gracias a Dios aún quedan creadores con el buen gusto clásico, y que entienden y saben transmitir lo que es realmente el arte!!!.---Fernando Esteban, music student, Argentina, email@example.com
...una Música de alguien llamado John Mitchell, una Música creada HOY con el Espíritu de Siempre, esto es, de la Música de toda la Vida, la que crearon los que conocemos hoy como Los Grandes. Dentro de 100 años, de 200 o de 3000, su Música seguirá sonando.---Quirón Alvar,Primera Puerta, http://quiron_alvar.tripod.com