September 29, 2013
3rd Annual Children's Concert
Alexandra Frederick is a British-American vocalist/pianist based in Manhattan. She has also appeared in Europe and the UK, entertained on cruise ships, and performs in all kind of venues in the Tri-State area. Recent appearances include: Tomi Jazz Club; Lotos Club; Lenox Hill Neighborhood House; The UN Permanent Mission to India; Firebird Russian Restaurant (Times Square); Salt Creek Grille (Princeton); W Hotel (Times Square); Dag Hammarskjold Plaza; Short Hills Hilton; Rye Hilton; and Olympic Towers Atrium (Midtown). This summer Alexandra was a Metrostar competitor and had a track selected for Women of Substance Radio (WOSR).
With the generous love and support from her parents, Jessica Black was able to move to New York City to further her training. A graduate of the prestigious LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Jessica was selected as the top ballet student of the year under the Jacques d'Amboise Award. As a scholarship recipient in the Alvin Ailey School’s Fellowship Program, Jessica was chosen to perform with the Alvin Ailey company in "Memoria" at New York City Center. Under the tutelage of the Master of Jazz, Luigi, Jessica was the first American to perform his work "Solitude" in several New York venues. Jessica has performed with Edgar Cortes Dance Theater, Ballets with a Twist, and Eglevsky Ballet. She is currently with DeMa Dance Company and TranscendanceGroup.
A virtuoso violinist with diverse musical interests, Katarzyna Bryla made her debut as a soloist with Zielona Gora Philharmonic at the age of 14 and in Royal Albert Hall with Poznan Chamber Orchestra, and recently performed at the J.F.Kennedy Centerin Washington D.C. Katarzyna has won an impressive number of international competitions, including 1st prize at the National Children’s Art Competition in Warsaw, 2nd prize at the National J.S.Bach competition, where she was awarded a special prize for the best performance of Bach, and 3rd prize at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition, after which she was invited by Maestro Penderecki himself to perform as a soloist with Sinfonietta Cracovia in the International Maazel/Vilar Conducting Competition. She performs frequently as a guest artist at many top music festivals.
Originally trained as a classical singer, soprano Elisa Brown has been a featured performer throughout the United States, singing a wide range of vocal styles. She has appeared on various stages, including at Carnegie Hall, and has performed extensively for The Zaraspe Foundation on behalf of UNESCO and other philanthropic organizations throughout the Americas and in Spain. Off- Broadway, she performed the lead role in the Italian Baroqueinspired Spirito e Core conducted by Kenneth Cooper, a show she created and produced. Elisa premiered selections from “New World”, her second solo album, in a live performance for the “2012 UN World Peace Day – First China-Linzhou World Peace Art Exhibition” on September 21, 2012. Elisa received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music.
Gabriel Chajnik is the choreographer and Director of TranscendanceGroup, a contemporary dance company based in New York and New Jersey under the mentorship of Juilliard faculty emeritus, Maestro Hector Zaraspe. Gabriel's choreography has been presented at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Alice Tully Hall; Clark Theater; The Juilliard Theater; The Manhattan School of Music; and George Street Playhouse. Gabriel directed, choreographed, and performed in the Off-Broadway production of Spirito e Core at the Lamb's Theatre in New York City. Gabriel was a principal dancer with the David Taylor Dance Theatre and later joined the American Repertory Ballet. His works are greatly influenced by the teachings of Bessie Shonberg with whom he studied choreography and composition for two years.
Pianist Hui-Chuan Chen has performed widely throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. An active chamber musician, in 2003, she accompanied soprano Shou- Hua Su in concert at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2004, she collaborated with mezzo-soprano Chi-Chun Chan in the same hall. Hui-Chuan has also participated in many festivals, including the Chigiana Accademia in Siena, Italy, and Universität Mozateum in Salzburg. In the summer of 2009, Hui-Chuan was awarded the fellowship in the field of instrumental collaborative artist to attended the Aspen Festival of Music, where she was invited back as a staff accompanist in 2011. The past summer, Hui- Chuan participated in Songfest, where she performed Schumann's Spanish Lieder for vocal ensemble under the instruction of Graham Johnson.
A. Lish Lindsey has performed in venues such as Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Ensembles include Harrisburg, Lancaster and Reading Symphonies, Riverside Symphonia, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Strauss Symphony of America, Sheep Island Ensemble, Sinfonietta Nova, TwtrSymphony, Favore String Quartet, Philadelphia String Quartet, Center City Opera Theater, New York Opera Exchange, Opera Libera Orchestra, Rittenhouse Orchestra, Video Games Live Orchestra, and 5 for Dinner Wind Quintet. She is the adjunct professor of flute and the director of the flute ensemble at Wilkes University in PA as well as the artist instructor of flute and the chamber ensemble teacher at Mercer County Community College in NJ.
Cellist Suzanne Mueller made her New York recital debut under the auspices of Artists International, as a member of the piano/cello Elysian Duo, and went on to perform as half of its successor, Elysian II, for ten years, before forming CROSS ISLAND with Ms. Zayas. She also performed for a decade as half of McCarron & Mueller, with guitarist/composer/arranger Mark McCarron. Currently, she is Beech Tree Concerts Artist-in- Residence at Old Westbury Gardens, where she presents a series of outdoor summer concerts with various partners She is also a frequent performer on the Composer’s Voice concert series.
Sandy Tepper, clarinetist, has received his BM and MM in Music Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on scholarship. During Mr. Tepper’s formal education, he was appointed to the position of solo clarinet with the Crane Symphony Orchestra. He was a winner of the Crane Concerto Competition, performing Halsey Stevens’Clarinet Concerto. Mr. Tepper has studied with many prominent teachers including Jeffrey Lerner, Ben Armato, and Dr. Raphael Sanders. Most recently, Mr. Tepper has been working under the tutelage of renowned artist, Lawrence Sobol. Mr. Tepper will host his New York debut at Carnegie Hall in October 2013.
The music of award-winning composer Greg Bartholomew is frequently performed across the United States and in Canada, Australia and Europe. NPR classical music reviewer Tom Manoff called him “a fine composer not afraid of accessibility.” Five commercial recordings of his works are available, with upcoming releases scheduled by the Freudig Singers of Western New York and trumpeter James Ackley. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1957, Bartholomew earned degrees from the College of William & Mary and the University of Washington. His music is published by Art of Sound Music, Ars Nova Press, Imagine Music, Orpheus Music and Burke & Bagley. For further information visit www.gregbartholomew.com
NYC composer, kindergardener Jesse Berman is an enthusiastic fan of music old and new, and especially loves to listen to classic rock-n-roll with his Mom. He enjoys composing in a semi-traditional style; but is not afraid to experiment and typically writes his music with crayon. Jesse composes using a "bathtub" keyboard which allows him relax and do his bath time simultaneously. He also enjoys science, dancing and reading.
Douglas DaSilva, is a composer, guitarist, educator, curator, film-maker and amateur clarinetist in New York City. As Artistic Director for the Composer’s Voice concert series “DaSilva knows just how to tempt you with a delicious array of musical desserts that titillate your ear.” NM421 Much of his composing is influenced by Brazilian music and selfinflicted stress. His compositions have been described as “very individual, and to us has a very clear personality” in Classical Guitar Magazine. His pieces Sarabande; How to Build a Totalitarian State and Contrails have been included in 60x60 projects. His works have been performed in Brazil, England, Italy, Germany, Romania, Brazil & throughout the USA. His documentary “My Dad’s Violin” is scheduled for release in 2014.
New York City composer, pianist, percussionist Jason Ulysses DaSilva composes in a free-form style reflective of his piano improvisations. A huge fan of Stravinsky, and Star Wars, he studies piano in New York City with Aya Hamada. His solo piano work Brazil, I Got Rhythm, was premiered by Sophia Yan on the first Composer’s Voice Children’s Month concert. His solo cello work Dark Shark was premiered by Suzanne Mueller. Jason composed a solo violin piece A10 Thunderbolt for the documentary My Dad’s Violin which was premiered by Conway Kuo. His Being A Soldier for string quartet and clarinet was premiered at the Composer’s Voice April 13, 2013 gala concert and for string orchestra (with flute percussion) by the Ovation Orchestra in May, 2013.
Rising star composer Nuha Dolby is in the eighth grade. Nuha has taken part in the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers program for more than 2 years and has had her music performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. She is learning the flute and the violin, and has played the flute in school performances. Nuha’s piece Piano Music was premiered by pianist Sophia Yan. Her piece, Miss Liana’s Piece was premiered by violinist Josh Henderson, and her solo viola work Clockwork Rabbit was premiered by Conway Kuo. Ms. Dolby was commissioned by Composer’s Voice to compose _____ for solo piano for today’s concert!
Barry Goldstein’s musical experience spans many styles and genres from coproducing the Grammy Award winning track "69 Freedom Special” with Les Paul for Best Rock Instrumental in 2005, to providing ambient music for Shirley MacLaine. Barry has composed and produced for television, film, major record labels and Top Ten Recording Artists. Audiences worldwide have been touched by Barry's critically acclaimed series “Ambiology” and his inspirational album “The Moment.” Barry believes strongly in music’s healing power. His music is being used globally as well as individually in hospitals, hospices, wellness centers, and individual practices. Barry has presented at Grand Rounds and at medical conferences, providing valuable information on utilizing music and mindfulness techniques to assist patients and doctors on improving quality of treatment.
Young composer Moaz Mneimneh is entering kindergarten and has already had a New York City premiere. His song The Fastest Car in the History was premiered, as an instrumental arrangement by contrabass clarinet master Alex Sramek and clarinetist Douglas DaSilva on the April 13, 2013 Composer's Voice gala concert. Moaz composes music as well as lyrics. Moaz composed his piece Bowl On Top of Bowl based on an Arabic riddle, for today's concert. Moaz alsoenjoys discussing about planets and the universe, reading books, and playing with blocks, magnets, and playdough."
Jimmy Pigott studies viola and piano in New York City, and is the assistant stage director of the Composer's Voice Concert Series. His pieces Blue Lightning and Crossing Bridges have been performed by pianist Sophia Yan, his piece Cl'Oud was performed by cellist Suzanne Mueller, and is included on her CD, Solitaire (2013). In addition, his piece Blue Lightning was performed by violinist Annette Homann as part of Douglas DaSilva's documentary My Dad's Violin, and his oud piece "Oud Ples" was performed by Marina Toshich in Israel. Lastly, a violin arrangement of his piece Oud Ples was performed by Daniel Mihai in Bucharest, Romania.
J.P. Redmond was born in Newport Beach, CA in 1999 and is a resident of Yonkers, NY. He studies piano with concert pianist Ann Schein and composition and theory at Concordia Conservatory with Dr. Matt Van Brink. J.P. has received a number of composition and piano honors: he is a recent Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient and will be a featured composer on National Public Radio’s show From the Top in September 2013; he has been recognized with an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award (Spring 2012; Honorable Mention 2013) and awards from The Carnegie Hall Achievement Program, NYSSMA, NAfME, the National Federation of Music Clubs and Composers Concordance. He is very pleased to have had his Three Poems to Sing selected for this performance today.
New York City first grader composer Vrinda Trivedi has been a huge fan of music for all her life. Vrinda enjoys chamber music, hip-hop, rock, and Indian classical music. Vrinda studies the piano with Alexandra Frederick. In addition to playing the piano and composing, Vrinda enjoys dancing, singing, swimming, riding her bicycle/scooter, solving puzzles and drawing.
“The word 'viral,' comes to mind as a trendy but disquietingly accurate image for Robert Voisey's infectious enthusiasm. He is always ready to mutate and reinfect the process as indicated to maintain the highest degree of project fever" -60x60: netsuke for the musical mind -- Richard Arnest, Sounding Board, Spring 2011. "With few opportunities and much competition, young composers show creativity in just getting heard." And in Chris Pasles's article in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Voisey is highlighted as one of those composers. Composing electroacoustic and chamber music, his aesthetic oscillates from the romantic to Post Modern Mash-Up. His work has been performed in venues throughout the world including: Carnegie Hall, World Financial Center Winter Garden Atrium, and Stratford Circus in London.