COMPOSER

 

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition from Boston University where I studied with composers Richard Cornell, Ketty Nez, and Martin Amlin, and participated in masterclasses with Samuel Adler and Peter Maxwell Davies. My works have been commissioned and premiered by several colleagues and by two of Boston’s contemporary music ensembles, ALEA III and Time’s Arrow.

 

My best known composition, Awakening Stillnesses for solo harp (2009), has been performed at harp conferences across North and South America including the 42nd American Harp Society National Conference in Atlanta 2016, the 11th International Harp Festival of Rio de Janeiro 2016, the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver 2011, and the 2010 Boston Harp FestivalAwakening Stillnesses was awarded the grand prize in the composition contest for the 8th USA International Harp Competition (USAIHC) at Indiana University. As the required contemporary work for the 8th USAIHC, all contestants performed Awakening Stillnesses during the solo recital round. The gold medalist of the 8th USAIHC, Agnès Clément, recorded it on her debut solo album, Dance, released in 2012.

 

My eclectic and diverse musical taste encompasses elements of Jazz, Blues, Appalachian folk, Brazilian pop, Argentine Tango, Balinese Gamelan, and the modern and classical harp repertory. I am dedicated to promoting new compositions for harp, and enjoy working alongside other composers to educate about writing for the instrument. I have collaborated on many premieres in my advocacy of expanding the harp's role in today’s music.

 

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Awakening Stillnesses is sold by Lyon & Healy West and Vanderbilt Music


Agnès Clément’s recording of Awakening Stillnesses can be

downloaded on iTunes or purchased here