Composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a 2009 Rome Prize winner in Musical Composition. She takes inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic collaborations. She began touring with the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1992, and in 1997 co-founded the MATA Festival. Bielawa was appointed Artistic Director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus in 2013.
Lisa Bielawa’s music is frequently performed throughout the US and Europe. Recent works include Chance Encounter, premiered by soprano Susan Narucki and The Knights in Manhattan's Seward Park, and Airfield Broadcasts, a 60-minute work for hundreds of musicians that was premiered on the tarmac of the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin in May 2013 and Crissy Field in San Francisco in October 2013. Other highlights include the world premieres of Rondolette by Brooklyn Rider and pianist Bruce Levingston, Double Duet by the Washington Saxophone Quartet, Graffiti dell’amante with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Project of Collecting Clouds in Seattle by cellist Joshua Roman and chamber ensemble, Double Violin Concert and In medias res by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The Right Weather by American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and The Lay of the Love and Death at Lincoln Center. A recent Radio France commission for Ensemble Variances and a piece for Finnish male choir Akademiska Sångföreningen both featured Bielawa as the vocal soloist. Her current project Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser is a serial opera that will be broadcast online & on TV.
Pamela Stein Lynde
Praised for her "rich dramatics" (The Boston Globe), soprano Pamela Stein Lynde has earned a reputation for bringing passion, intelligence and style to every performance. Through an international singing career that has included everything from Baroque opera to working with some of some of today's most prominent composers, Ms. Stein has performed with Yamaha Young Concert Artist Series, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh Music Festival, Ivy Connect at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Yale School of Music's New Music, New Haven series, Left Bank Concert Society, Saratoga Fine Arts Festival, American Opera Projects, The Penn Club of New York, Concerts for a Cure at Le Poisson Rouge, Beth Morrison Projects, The Bang on a Can Summer Institute at Mass MoCA, Sinfonietta Nova, Rhymes With Opera at the National Opera Center, and many others. She has premiered compositions by many leading contemporary composers including Tristan Perich, Lesley Flanigan, Daniel Felsenfeld, Trevor Weston, Kevin Clark, Lauren Buchter, Jacob Cooper and Jenny Beck. In recent years, she appeared on a PBS documentary singing the music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang, and created the role of Julia Dehning in the world premier of the opera The Making of Americans at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She can be heard as a vocalist on minimalist composer Alexander Turnquist's latest album Flying Fantasy, which was released this past June on the Western Vinyl label. Ms. Stein received her Master's degree in vocal performance from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where, upon graduation, she was awarded The Phyllis Bryn-Julson Prize for Commitment to and Performance of 20th and 21stCentury Music.
Ms. Stein Lynde has taught voice, music history, music theory, composition, and contemporary chamber music at The College of Saint Elizabeth, City College of New York, and Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts. She is currently singer-in-residence for Rutgers Graduate Composition Department, where she assists in the creation and performance of new works for voice. She serves on the Board of Directors of MATA (matafestival.org), an organization dedicated to supporting young composers from around the world.
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Winner of the coveted 2002 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and one of the youngest composers ever to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, AARON JAY KERNIS is among the most esteemed musical figures of his generation. His music figures prominently on orchestral, chamber, and recital programs worldwide and he has been commissioned for many of America‘s foremost performing artists, including sopranos Renee Fleming, Dawn Upshaw and Hila Plittmann, violinists Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Pamela Frank and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, guitarists David Tanenbaum and Sharon Isbin, and by institutions including the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, VocalEssence, Minnesota Orchestra, and Los Angeles and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, the Walt Disney Company, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Rose Center for Earth and Space at the Museum of Natural History in New York, among many others.
Recent and upcoming commissions include works for James Ehnes at the BBC Proms, his monumental 3rd Symphony (Symphony of Meditations) for the Seattle Symphony, Concerto in Echoes for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, a trumpet concerto for Philip Smith, the New York Philharmonic and the Big Ten Band Association, a chamber work for a two-year Astral Artists residency in Philadelphia.
Recent recordings include a disc orchestral works by the Grant Park Festival Orchestra (Cedille) and a selection of his song cycles by soprano Susan Narucki (Koch). Previously issued CDs include a widely acclaimed CD with Hugh Wolff conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in his Symphony No. 2, "Invisible Mosaic III," and "musica celestis," nominated for a Grammy and winner of France's Diapason d'or Palmares for Best Contemporary Music Disc of the Year, a disc of his Pulitzer-Prize winning String Quartet No. 2 ("musica instrumentalis") and 1st Quartet, "musica celestis" with the Lark Quartet and recordings of the two versions of “Colored Field” with soloists Julie Ann Giocobassi, Truls Mork and the San Francisco and Minnesota Orchestras. His music is available on Naxos, Phoenix, CRI, Virgin Classics, New World, New Albion, Cedille, Nonesuch, Arabesque and Argo.
One of America's most honored composers, Mr. Kernis received the Grawemeyer Award in 2002 for the cello concerto “Colored Field” and the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for his String Quartet No. 2 ("musica instrumentalis"). Other awards include the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize, and Grammy nominations for "Air" and the Second Symphony.
He has become an especially familiar and much-admired presence in Minnesota's Twin Cities, and served as New Music Advisor to the Minnesota Orchestra for ten years. As an educator he is Director of the Minnesota Orchestra's Composer Institute, a program that gives young composers the opportunity to hear their works played by one of the world’s great orchestras, and teaches composition at Yale School of Music. His conducting and performing opportunities have continued to increase in recent years, and he has appeared with members of the San Francisco and Minnesota Orchestra and New York Philharmonic and with major chamber music festivals in Chicago and Portland.