I was awarded a Bogliasco Foundation Residency for April – May 2015 to begin working on a new work for 2 violins and orchestra for Igor and Vesna Gruppman. Igor is the concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and his wife Vesna is also in the violin section – both are excellent performers. The premiere is tentatively set for 2016/17 with several orchestras and venues in Europe being considered. In addition, the foundation awarded me its Aaron Copland Bogliasco Fellowship in Music which will defray my travel and other expenses to/from and while in Italy.
A new CD with 3 of my orchestra works is being released on Toccata Classics September 1. The new CD titled Auschwitz (they will never be forgotten – nunca se olvidarán) includes the title cut for orchestra and choir as well as Varadero Memories (recuerdos) and In Memoriam Earle Brown both for full orchestra. The CD features celebrated conductor Jose Serebrier and the Malaga Philharmonic with the FIU Concert Choir. To hear excerpts and get more information visit the Toccata Classics web page here
Check out the on the road segment were I will be posting from my travels – prior posts from my travels to Italy, Spain, Poland, Argentina, Slovakia, Austria, and the US over the last year are up. And check out Score Availability under the Works tab – I will periodically be posting downloadable PDFs of my works. Feel free to scroll down for more news…
As of May 1, 2014 and after 4 and half years I have left the job as director of the FIU School of Music and accepted the position of composer in residence at our FIU CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios – while continuing my work as professor of composition and coordinator of the composition program for the School of Music. During the summer and Fall semesters I will be on research assignment composing at artists residencies, and lecturing and conducting my works at festivals and other related events in the US and abroad. I am very proud of what we where able to achieve as a School in those 4 plus years but my research and creative activities have compelled me to move on to this new post. As the composer in residence at our Miami Beach Urban Studios I will be creating and curating new works to be presented at the Studios by our faculty, students, and guest artists and ensembles, bringing additional visibility to the space while continuing my work as a composer nationally and internationally.