Living Composers: AnythingPiano Project (LCAPP)
Compositions by the following living composers have been selected
for performance. This list will continue to expand so please
check back again. All LCAPP sound samples are presented here with the full permission of the individual composers. Composers retain full ownership of their music. All rights reserved. For more information about a particular composer
on this list, click on their name for a direct link to their
web site. LCAPP composers are listed here in alphabetical order:
Belgian Tango (1984)
's music has been described as
having "a refreshing simplicity without naiveté"
and as -"deeply felt, direct, and yes, beautiful"
and "charming and deeply felt to the point of romanticism".
Her latest CDs are a new recording by Nancy Boston of September
Swale as part of American Women: Modern Voices in Piano Music
and Quilt Music, a CD of chamber music for smaller ensembles.
'Les Temps de l'Homme' (2001)
Recueil de pièces pour
piano 4 mains inspirées des tapisseries murales d'Edmond
is Belgium of Dutch origin and
has studied at Jette's Academy of Music and Brussel's Royale
Academy of Music. Her works have been performed in Belgium,
France, the Netherlands, Italy, Bosnia, Spain, Germany, China
(composition competition 2003), Brazil and the USA. In 2002,
she created the Yolande Uyttenhove Ensemble, a group of musicians
with variable geometry, aimed at promoting and creating Belgium
contemporary works and broadcasting Belgium music abroad.
Donna Gross Javel, Fire Dance Duo (2007)
Donna Gross Javel
's Fire Dance Duo received
its first performance on February 2, 2007, just a week or two
after its completion. It was performed by Mary
Jane Rupert and Tom Zeman
at Madalen College, in New Hampshire,
where Tom Zeman was acting as a visiting professor.
"The Fire Dance Duo
is a piece of strong
character and vitality with a propulsive rhythmic energy
that will engage players and listeners alike."
Rosenbaum, pianist (Faculty member, New England Conservatory,
Mannes College of Music,
former Director of the Longy School of Music)
Chuck Holdeman, Crossover
has written songs, works for
band, orchestra, chamber music, and film and educational music.
His one-act opera “Agostino and the Puccini Clarinet,”
with libretto by Vincent Marinelli, was premiered in 2007 at
Wilmington Music School (Delaware) and produced again in 2008.
Holdeman is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where
he studied bassoon with Sol Schoenbach, later studying in France
with Maurice Allard. He is principal bassoonist for the Delaware
Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Festival of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
For more than 20 years, he was a member of the Buffet Trio and
now performs with the Philadelphia-based new music group Relâche.
In 1999 Chuck Holdeman was named Composer of the Year by the
Pennsylvania and Delaware State Music Teachers Associations,
which commissioned "Crossover Soundings," and in 2000
he was the first recipient of the Delaware Division of the Arts
Master Artist Fellowship. In 2003 Holdeman received the Beekhuis
Award for outstanding service and performance in the Delaware
Symphony Orchestra, which commissioned and performed the orchestral
version of Crossover Soundings. He initiated and facilitates
the DSO’s annual high school composition project, begun
in 1995. Holdeman has produced two CDs and a CD of his chamber
music compositions, including "Crossover Soundings"
Howard, Short Piece No. 1 (2003)
was born in Penrith, Australia
in 1973. In 1990 and 1991, he co-won the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
School Composer's Competition. Graham completed a Bachelor of
Music (Hons) at The University of Sydney in 1996, majoring in
composition, studying with Anne Boyd, Ross Edwards and Peter
Sculthorpe. Graham taught and lectured composition at The Australian
International Conservatorium of Music in 2003, brass and composition
at The King's School, Parramatta, from 2003 to 2005, and Organisational
Psychology at The University of Western Sydney in 2006 and 2007.
He is active as a freelance composer, conductor, trumpeter,
teacher and photographer throughout NSW. Graham has been the
photographer for The Nature Conservation Council of NSW since
2005, as well as a contributing photographer for The Wilderness
Society since 2006.
Jolliffe, Romp (2002)
is a British composer of music
for the concert hall, television and theatre. His music has
been performed in many prestigious venues, including the Wigmore
Hall, the Purcell Room, the Old Vic Theatre, Westminster Abbey,
Jermyn Street Theatre, the National Portrait Gallery, the Red
House at Aldeburgh and the Tate, Liverpool. It has also been
performed as far afield as Michigan, Dallas and France. He has
written television music for all the terrestrial channels in
the United Kingdom and many of the Satellite Channels. His music
for the Imagine programme 'Fantastic Mr Dahl' is now an added
extra on the DVD to 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and
is an in flight movie on American Airlines. He studied music
at Oxford University and completed a Masters in Film Composition
at the Royal College of Music under Joseph Horovitz. He also
studied on the Advanced Composition Course at Dartington International
Summer School under Pavel Novak in 2004 (supported by the Ralph
Vaughan Williams Trust).
Beatriz Lockhart, Joropo for Piano, Four Hands (1986)
is a Uruguayan pianist, music educator and composer. She was born in Montevideo and studied composition at the Montevideo Conservatory and the Latin-American Center for Musical Studies of the Instituto Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires from 1969-70 with Carolos Estrada and Héctor Tosar. She took a teaching position in 1974 at the National Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela, then returned to Uruguay in 1998 to teach at the Escuela Universitaria de Música and at the Uscuela Municipal de Música. She is noted as a specialist in contemporary tango and has written several modern tangos for solo piano. Her compositions have received prizes. www.mujeresenmusica.org
Southern Suite (selections) (2008)
Noland, Andante in F Minor Op. 46 (2002)
Mike Nock's compositions have been commissioned and
performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (USA), Australian
Chamber Orchestra, Synergy, Melbourne Windpower, Ensemble
24, The New Zealand String Quartet, Dunedin Civic Orchestra
(NZ) and Umo Jazz Orchestra (Finland). He has worked in the
USA with many of the world's top jazz musicians such as: Coleman
Hawkins, Yusef Lateef, Dionne Warwick and Michael Brecker.
He has a large catalogue of critically acclaimed, internationally
released recordings and a substantial body of original compositions
in print and on recordings.
was born in Seattle and raised
in Berkeley. His compositions have been performed and broadcast
in many locations throughout the United States and are regularly
featured on the Seventh Species new music concert series in
Oregon, which he founded in San Francisco in 1990. He earned
a B.A. in music from U.C. Berkeley in 1979, continued studies
at the Boston Conservatory, and transferred to Harvard University
where he worked as a teaching fellow and added to his academic
credits an M.A. and a Ph.D. in 1989.
Smith, Samba in F-sharp Minor (1999)
has a M.M. in Piano Performance
and D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Literature from the University
of Illinois at Urbana. In 1988, he won first place in the Society
of American Musicians (SAM) competition at Roosevelt University,
in Chicago. In the same year, he won first place in the Classical
Music and Composition categories in the ACT-SO competition in
Chicago (African-American Cultural, Technological, and Scientific
Olympics). He then represented ACT-SO in the national Competition
in Washington D.C. and won second place in Classical Music.
In 1989, he took first place in the local competition in the
same categories and represented ACT-SO in the National Competition
in Detroit, Michigan. In 1990, he won the ACT-SO First Place
Award in Musical Composition at the local level, and represented
ACT-SO in the national competition in Los Angeles.
David Bennett Thomas, Short Sonata for Four Hands (2001)
David Bennett Thomas
is a composer in the Philadelphia area, where he teaches composition, piano, and heads the theory department at The University of the Arts. He has composed extensively for chorus, chamber groups, and piano, and also composes and works as a jazz pianist. Thomas' music has been commissioned and performed throughout America and abroad, and can be found on several CD labels.
Ana Isabel Vargas Dengo,
Por los Senderos (2002), Oropéndolas: Theme and Variations
Op. 275 (2006)
Ana Isabel Vargas Dengo
is a musical educator
and a composer from San José, Costa Rica and is an active
member of Asociación Mujeres Costarricenses en la Música,
an association of women musicians (composers, performers, educators,
and musicologists) in Rosta Rica. She comes from a musical family;
her grandfather and her father both received their musical training
in the United States. She has written more than 200 children's
songs and about 60 piano pieces. The last few years she has
been composing four-hand piano pieces. Por los senderos de Costa
Rica is inspired by the wonderful nature you can see as you
walk in the fields and woods from her land of Costa Rica. ana
can be reached by email at: email@example.com.
Vercoe, Umbria oiuion Suite (1999)
has been a composer at the
MacDowell Colony, the St. Petersburg Spring Music Festival in
Russia, and the Cité International des Arts in Paris,
as well as a participant in the US/USSR Composer Exchange in
Boston and the American Music Oral History Project at Yale University.
She has written works on commission for Wellesley College, Austin
Peay University, the Pro Arte Orchestra, and the First National
Congress on Women in Music. Her awards include grants from the
the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artists Foundation,
and the Massachusetts Arts Council. Described by Gardner Read
as "a composer with a fine technical command and a keen
sensitivity to sound materials," her music has been widely
performed and broadcast in Europe and the U.S. with concerts
in London, Paris, Bangkok, New York, and San Francisco. Following
her doctoral degree at Boston University in 1978, she began
to promote women's music as a board member of the International
League of Women Composers, Director of the Women's Music Festival/85,
and author of articles on the subject. She held the Acuff Chair
of Excellence at Austin Peay State University in 2003 and teaches
at Regis College. Her music includes the Herstory series of
vocal works on texts by women, two staged monodramas, Changes
for orchestra, and music for various chamber combinations. The Umbrian Suite
is now being published by the German Publisher, Certosa Verlag
Judith Lang Zaimont,
Snazzy Sonata (1972)
Judith Lang Zaimont
is an internationally-recognized
composer whose music is characterized by its expressive strength,
dynamism, and rhythmic vitality. Many works from Zaimont’s
catalogue of more than 90 compositions have won prizes. Among
her composition awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Woodrow
Wilson Foundation Fellowship and the Debussy Fellowship of the
Alliance Française de New York; grants from the Presser
Foundation, from the Maryland and Minnesota state arts councils,
and from the National Endowment for the Arts and Minnesota Composers
Forum. Her music is frequently played in the United States and
abroad, and has been programmed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie
Hall, Merkin Hall, the National Gallery of Art, J. Paul Getty
Museum, and other major auditoriums on three continents.
Zampronha, Composition for Piano Four Hands (1985), Comment
has received two awards from
the São Paulo Association of Art Criticism, Brazil. In
2005 he won, together with SCIArts Group, the 6th Sergio Motta Award,
the most outstanding prize on Art and Technology in Brazil,
for the installation Poetic Attractor. He has worked as a guest
composer at LIEM-CDMC (Madrid), Phonos (Barcelona), the University
of Birmingham (England). His compositions have been performed
in many well known concerts and festivals: BEAST Concerts in
Birmingham, Bourges Festival, Sonoimágenes in Buenos
Aires, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella, JIEM-Madrid,
and Brazilian Contemporary Music Biennial at Rio de Janeiro
among others. He is Professor of Musical Composition at the
São Paulo State University, Brazil and he is a Guest Professor at the Valladolid University, Spain. He has a Ph.D. in Communication and Semiotics - Arts - by the Pontifical Catholic University
of São Paulo. His compositions are included in ten CDs released bydifferent record labels and institutions.