Composers for the First Annual Cros s Sound Festival

July 10, 1999, 8pm at the Northern Lights Church, Juneau, Alaska
and July 11, 3pm at Chapel by the Lake, University of Southeast, Alaska

HWANG BYUNG-KI, composer and kayagûm master graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in law in 1959. In 1951 he entered the National Classical Music Institute as a researcher specializing in kayagûm performance and composition where he studied with such noted teachers as Yongyun Kim, Yundok Kim, and Sanggon Shim. Between 1965 and 1973 he won the National Traditional Music Competition three times, the Korean Cinema Music Award in 1973, In 1990 he was named Performing Artist of the Year by the Korean Critics Association for his work in exchange of North and South Korean musicians, and in 1992, he won the Chung'ang Cultural Prize. He has performed and recorded extensively in Europe, Japan, the United States, and Southeast Asia since 1964. In addition to composition and performace, he has taught in the music departments of Seoul National University, the University of Washington in Seattle, and Ewha Women's University where he is presently a professor. Dr. Hwang is also a member of the Intangible Human Cultural Assets Committee, and is the president of the Korea Chapter of the International Society for Contemporary Music.  Click to listen to Dr. Hwang's 1985 JOYFULLY from SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT, Hwang Byung-Ki, kayagum, Kim Chongsu, changgu. Recorded in 1993 on SEM Gramophone DS 0037.
 CORD MEIJERING - COMMISSIONED FOR CROSSSOUND '99 (writing for: kayagûm, flute, and viola) - was born of Dutch descent in Germany in 1955, and lives now in Darmstadt. He studied guitar under Olaf Van Gonnissen, and composition under Dietrich Boekle and Johannes G. Fritsch. From 1983 to 1986 he studied with Hans Werner Henze in Cologne and received a stipend to complete his studies with Hans Juergen Wenzel at the Academy of Arts in East-Berlin. In 1985 he was awarded the Stuttgarter Composition Prize for his orchestral composition The Voice of the Winter. In 1987 at the International Hambacher Composer's Competition, Meijering was commended for his string trio ...bewegt... . In 1991 he received a fellowship to attend the MacDowell artists colony in New Hampshire. His compositions have been performed at Festival de Tardor, Barcelona (Spain); the Styrian Autumn, Graz (Austria); the Festival d'Evian (France); the Frankfurt Festival; the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt (Germany); the Guggenheim Museum, New York and other places. Meijering has written compositions for orchestra, chamber music, ballet, and film and teaches composition and music theory at the Nürnberg-Augsburg Conservatory and the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt. He also has worked with children to compose two children's operas for singers, children choir and chamber orchestra. Click to listen to Meijering's SERENADE II - vers libre - (1992) für Flöte und Harfe (flute and harp), recorded by the Phorminx Ensemble Darmstadt, Angelika Bender - flutes, Marina Paccagnella - harp, on the ambitus lable, amb 97 955.
SARUYA TOSHIRO - COMMISSIONED FOR CROSSSOUND '99 (writing for: flute, oboe, French horn, euphonium, violin and viola) - received a scholarship to study composition and conducting with Vincent Persichetti and others at the Julliard School where he received a master's degree after graduating from Keio University with a degree in Law. In 1988, during his fellowship in composition from the Koussevitsky Music Foundation, Saruya studied with Hanz Werner Henze and Oliver Knussen at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Soon after, his Two Million Light Years of Loneliness was played at Carnegie Hall and his Fiber of The Breath was performed by the Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn and the NHK Symphony Orchestra conducted by Oliver Knussen. In 1992, Saruya participated in the Munich Biennial (International Festival for New Music Theatre) and received the BMW Theater Prize. In 1993, he was awarded both the Idemitsu Music Award and the Akutagawa Award for Music Composition. In 1995 his piece Projection Orbit was performed by Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, the recording of which on the Deutsche Gramophon label won the Japan Record Academy Award. During the same year Saruya received the 43rd Otaka Prize for his Fractal Vision written for the Kyoto Symphony. In 1996 Boston Symphony conductor Seiji Ozawa commissioned him to write The Tale of Beatrix Potter which was premiered in the Saito Kinen Festival. In 1997 Saruya took over the position of the late Toru Takemitsu as director of the Yatsugatake Kougen Music Festival. Most recently, the London Sinfonietta premiered Saruya's Flair of the Seeds in the Spirit Garden Festival.
 The music of OLIVER SCHNELLER - COMMISSIONED FOR CROSSSOUND '99 (writing for: baroque cello, flute, oboe, and trumpet) - has been performed throughout Europe and the United States at such festivals as the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt (Germany); the Centre Acanthes , Avignon (France); June in Buffalo (NewYork); and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. His commissions include pieces for the Strasbourg Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, the Duo Sonare, and Composers' Concordance New York. Schneller has received several honors for his work including a Meet-the-Composer grant. Also active as a performer of contemporary and classical repertoire for alto saxophone, Schneller has worked with composers Lukas Foss, John Harbison, and David Amram. He has lectured on contemporary music at New England Conservatory, the Goethe Institute, and Queens College, and is a member of the board of directors of the League/International Society for Contemporary Music. Schneller holds masters degrees from the University of Bonn, Germany and the New England Conservatory where he studied with Lee Hyla and Pozzi Escot. Currently Schneller studies with Tristan Murail at Columbia University where he pursues a Ph.D. Most recently, Schneller won the 1999 Boris & Rapoport Award for composition given at Columbia University, and a Tanglewood Fellowship for the summer of '99. He will also attend the summer academy '99 at IRCAM, Paris. Click to listen to Schneller's TRIO for accordion, cello and piano (Mikko Luomo, acc.; John Whitfield, cl., Heather O'Donnell, pno.; recorded at the Kosciuszko Foundation, NYC)
ELLIOTT GYGER - COMMISSIONED FOR CROSSSOUND '99 (writing for: trumpet, euphonium, and French horn) was born in Sydney, Australia in 1968, and began writing music at about the age of ten. His composition teachers have included Ross Edwards and Peter Sculthorpe. He completed a Bachelor of Music in composition at the University of Sydney in 1989, graduating with 1st Class Honours and the University Medal. He is in his second year of studies for a Ph.D. in Composition at Harvard University. Elliott has taken part in numerous composition schools and workshops, including the Melbourne Summer Music School for Advanced Musical Studies (in 1988) and the National Orchestral Composers School (in 1990 and 1993). He was the Australian representative at FORUM 96 in Montreal, where his work A wilderness of mirrors, for solo E flat clarinet and ensemble, was awarded third prize. Other important works include the music theatre piece The Hammer That Shapes(1989), Ficta(1994) for vocal sextet, and La mer aux miroirs creves (1996) for nine players. Elliott's music is frequently performed by ensembles throughout Australia. The first performance of Deep and dissolving verticals of light was given by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in May 1997, and Crossbow, commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, was premiered in April 1998. The Sydney Childrens Choir has toured his work I am not yet born (1995) in Europe and Asia, and recorded it for CD. His most recent project was a collaborative work with visual artist Joe Felber on the writings of Ad Reinhardt, 25 Songs, for which he created a 21-minute "score" for prerecorded voices. It is currently on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, before touring to Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Singapore. Excerpt from Elliott's A WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS played by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (1998 Amberola ambc cd 7100).
 DAN COLEMAN has received many honors for his music, including the 1998 Whitaker Commission from the American Composers Orchestra, the 1997 Victor Herbert/ASCAP award for his Sonata in Two Acts, a 1996 grant from Commissioning Music/USA (a partnership between the NEA, Meet The Composer and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund), and the 1995 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. From 1994-1996, Dan was the first Composer-in-Residence of Young Concert Artists, and was commissioned to create new works for artists on their roster. As Composer-in-Residence of the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra since 1993, Dan has received five premiere performances by the Boston-based ensemble. Other residencies have included Music From Angel Fire (New Mexico) , the Yellowstone Music Festival (Montana), and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. Dan has been commissioned to create new works for the Dallas Symphony, the New York Chamber Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, the Banff Centre, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Dan Coleman's music for theater and for dance has been composed for venues such as Playwrights Horizons and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Active in the recording industry, Dan Coleman has written arrangements for Geffen Records' artist Lisa Loeb. Dan studied composition with Stephen Albert and Robert Beaser at the Juilliard School, George Crumb and Jay Reise at the University of Pennsylvania, and William Bolcom and George Tsontakis at the Aspen Music School. His music has been recorded for Albany Records. Click to listen to part of Coleman's: LONG AGO, THIS RADIANT DAY

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