Monday, October 24, 2016

PARMA Artists are Semi-Finalists for The American Prize

The American Prize seeks to "[Provide] evaluation, recognition, and reward 
America's finest performing artists, ensembles, and composers based on recorded performances." 

Here at PARMA we are extremely excited to announce that TWELVE
of the semi-finalists in the running to receive The American Prize are PARMA Artists.

The PARMA semi-finalists for The American Prize are: 

Lee Actor is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Orchestra. Composer and conductor Lee Actor has released three albums on Navona Records, PIANO CONCERTOSAXOPHONE CONCERTO, and PREMONITIONS. Lee Actor has won numerous awards, including the First Prize Winner in the 2007 International Horn Society Composition Contest. In addition, Actor is also a member of the American Music Center and ASCAP, who recently named Actor the recipient of an ASCAPlus award for the sixth consecutive year.

Adrienne Albert is a semi-finalist for The American Prize for Composition in Chamber Music and Choral Music. Composer Adrienne Albert has released two compilation albums on Navona Records, LIGHT AND SHADOW, and FINE MUSIC; VOLUME THREE.Adrienne is a graduate of the UCLA and spent many years performing, but after a long hiatus from composing, she began studying composition again alongside Stephen "Lucky" Mosko at CalArts and orchestration with Albert Harris.

Lawrence Ball is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Chamber Music. Composer Lawrence Ball released three albums on Navona Records, a compilation album, FINE MUSIC: VOLUME THREE, and two solo albums METHOD MUSIC and most recently, ENERGY DIAMOND. Ball has composed over one-hundred and fifty scored compositions and three thousand recorded piano improvisations, expanding in ranging genres from Turkish sax music to multimedia installations, and auto-generated music.

John Bilotta is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Chamber Music and is a semi-finalist for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music. Composer John Bilotta has released three compilation albums on Navona Records, CRIMSON & LACEPREMONITIONS, and CONVERSATIONS. Bilotta's works have been performed all around the world by outstanding soloists and ensembles including Rarescale, Earplay, Chamber Mix, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society.

Hakki Cengiz Eren is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Orchestra. Turkish composer Hakki Cengiz Eren recently release his first album with PARMA, COLOR STUDIES, which was released on Ravello Records and received high praise from reviewers such as Gapplegate saying Eren created "four outstanding high modernist compositions." Eren is the Recipient of Hans J. Salter Music Memorial Award (2016), has also been a finalist in both the 2015 Donald Aird Earplay Competition (2015) and the 2013 Ensemble Et Cetera Composition Competition. In addition to composing Eren is also a skilled guitarist and lutenist.

Arthur Gottschalk is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Choral Music, is a semi-finalist for the Ernst Bacon Award for Composers, as well as the Ernst Bacon Award for Performance of American Music. Composer Arthur Gottschalk has released two albums on Navona Records,REQUIEM, and a compilation album MOTO PERPETUO. Arthur Gottschalk's Concerto for Violin and Symphonic Winds won the First Prize of the VVX Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Originale (Corciano, Italy), and he has been awarded the prestigious Bogliasco Fellowship for additional work in Italy.

Thomas Juneau is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Choral Music. Composer and conductor Thomas Juneau released one album on Ravello Records, VISIONS ETERNAL. Juneau is active all around the united states as a composer and conductor, conducting in major concert halls throughout the United States, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Juneau's first choral compositions were published when he was just seventeen years old, 

Libby Larsen is a semi-finalist The Ernst Bacon Award for Composers. Composer Libby Larson released two albums on Navona Records, a solo album CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, and more recently THE CROSSROADS PROJECT, a compilation album. Composer Libby Larsen is one of America's most performed living composers. Larsen has created a catalog of over five hundred works ranging in intimate vocal to orchestral works. 

Timothy Lee Miller is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Chamber Music. Prolific composer Timothy Lee Miller has released two compilation albums on Navona Records, SPELLBOUND and more recently, DASHING. Miller has also released a compilation album on Ansonica Records, ABRAZO. Miller has also received numerous commissions and awards, including several ASCAP awards and the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011. 

Michael Murray is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Chamber Music and Orchestra. Composer Michael Murray has released two albums off of Navona Records, PERCIPIENCE, and SPELLBOUND, which is a compilation album. Michael Murray also recently released an album on Ansonica RecordsABRAZO, another compilation album and the first album release on Ansonica, receiving high praise from Gramophone and Pop Matters. Murray has appeared all around the world and has won awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs.

William Vollinger is a semi-finalist for The American Prize for Composition in Chamber Music and for Choral Music. Composer William Vollinger has published two albums on Navona Records, one solo album RASPBERRY MAN and a compilation album, FINE MUSIC; VOLUME THREE. Vollinger, who focuses his compositions in voice, both sung and spoken,  has been performed by groups such as the Gregg Smith Singers and New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, whose performance of Three Songs About the Resurrection won first prize at the Geneva International Competition.

Judith Lang Zaimont is a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition for Chamber Music and for Orchestra. Composer Judith Lang Zaimont has released two albums on Navona Records, ETERNAL EVOLUTION, and was featured on the compilation album, FINE MUSIC: VOLUME TWOThe New York Times has described her work as "exquisitely crafted, vividly characterized and wholly appealing," and perhaps, for these reasons, her music has consistently drawn performers from around the globe and several of her works have achieved repertoire status. 

We, at PARMA, are extremely excited that we have so many incredible artists 
considered for The American Prize.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Special Performance and Marga Richter's 90th Birthday!

This Sunday on October 23rd, the Long Island Composer Alliance is hosting A Special LICA Birthday Concert in honor of three long island composer birthdays, including the co-founder of LICA, and PARMA artist, Marga Richter! The event will take place at Bryant Library, 2 Paper Mill Road in Roslyn, NY.

Marga Richter has released two albums on Ravello Records, a single album, POETIC IMAGED BEYOND POETRY and a compilation album, VANGUARDS; VOLUME 2.

Marga received her Bachelor's and Master's degree from The Julliard School where she has gone on to compose 150 works, which encompass themes from every classical musical genre. Her orchestral works have been played by more than 50 orchestras, including the Atlanta and Milwaukee Symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra, and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Marga says, "Composing is my response to a constant desire to transform my perceptions and emotions into music. Everything that touches me, everything I become aware of as beautiful, or mysterious, or painful, or joyful, or unknowable becomes an immediate or eventual source of inspiration. Music is the way I speak to the silence of the universe."

From all the staff here at PARMA, we'd like to wish long-time PARMA artist Marga Richter a Happy 90th Birthday! Help celebrate and honor this milestone birthday of a talented composer this coming Sunday by attending this event, sharing, and listening to her works. 

Acclaimed PARMA Artist Carmine Miranda Hits One Million Streams!

Acclaimed cellist and PARMA artist Carmine Miranda, has recently reached one million streams on Spotify for his recent Navona Records album SCHUMANN | DVOŘÁK: CONCERTI FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA!

SCHUMANN | DVOŘÁK, his second album release on Navona, his first album release with PARMA being PIATTI: 12 CAPRICES FOR SOLO CELLO in 2014. This recording put Miranda in the ranks among some of the youngest performers in the world to perform and release the 12 Caprices for solo cello by renowned cellist Carlo Alfredo Piatti (1822-1901).

Miranda's parents, both Italian immigrants, moved to the United States when Miranda was still quite young. Miranda, a Venezuelan-American, began studying music at the age of seven at the Carabobo State Music Conservatory in Venezuela where he first began studying music theory and solfege. Miranda received his Bachelor of Arts, Masters and Doctoral degree in music with honors, at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH. 
PARMA Music Festival, 2015

Miranda has performed all over the world as a solo artist, in festivals, like the PARMA Music Festival, and with ensembles such as the Moravian Philharmonic and Caracas Municipal Symphony. In addition to live performances, Miranda's work has appeared on radio, TV, and PBS affiliate stations earning high praise from headline reviewers such as Gramophone, Fanfare, and Limelight Magazine

The list of awards and titles that Miranda has received doesn't end, and yet he is still so young. He has received the Coral Gables Music Club Award for “Best Instrumentalist,” first prize in the 2005 Alhambra Music Competition, and the National Orchestra Award for “Best Soloist;” which was awarded by the Florida Music Educators Associate. More recently, when Miranda's first PARMA album was released, he received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the 2014 Global Music Awards for Best show, which is the GMA highest honor. In 2016 he received another Gold medal from the Global Music Awards, and two Hollywood Music in Media Award nominations. 

We asked Miranda how he felt about his most recent accomplishment of hitting one million streams on Spotify, he responded “I would like to thank the PARMA team and everyone involved in this project for all the invaluable help towards this great success. I also want to thank Naxos for their wonderful support and all of the listeners, fans, friends and critics who have supported our rendition of these works; without them, this would not have been possible. I hope to continue producing great classical recordings that everyone can enjoy and hope to have the continued support of everyone that has been following my musical career as it progresses.”

Here at PARMA we have enjoyed having the opportunity to consistently work with Carmine Miranda. Keep up with him on Facebook and Twitter and Spotify. Do you want to add to his one million streams? Listen below. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PARMA Artist Jonathan Little Featured by the BBC Singers

Jonathan David Little, right
We're excited to announce that long-time PARMA composer Jonathan David Little was selected for a workshop performance by the BBC Singers earlier this month.

Jonathan's piece "That Time of Year" was featured at BBC Maida Vale Studios in London on October 4th. The choir was led by Judith Weir, CBE, Master of the Queen's Music, and conducted by James Morgan of the British Academy of Composers, Authors and Songwriters (BASCA).

The BBC Singers
"That Time of Year" is one of many of Jonathan's choral works that will be included on his new album, due out in 2017 on Navona Records.

In the meantime, you can hear Jonathan's music on his Navona debut POLYHYMNIA here.

Congratulations, Jonathan!

Monday, October 17, 2016

PARMA Artist Couloir is the Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year!

Congratulations to Ravello PARMA artists Ariel Barnes, cellist, and Heidi Krutzen, harpist,of the duo Couloir, for receiving the Classical Artist/Ensemble Award this past Thursday, October 13th in Regina, Canada, during the Breakout West event weekend.

The Classical/Ensemble Award, which is awarded by the Canadian Music Centre at the Western Canadian Music Awards,"recognizes an artist/ensemble whose music styles includes instrumental soloists, large or small chamber ensembles, as well as instrumental soloists with chamber accompaniment." 

The Couloir duo has released two albums with Ravello, WINE DARK SEA, and most recently, MAXWELL MUHLY & COULOIR, which was released in May of this year. MAXWELL MUHLY & COULOIR has been highly praised by reviewers such as Winnipeg Free Press, Textura, and Kathodik

In addition to winning an award, Couloir's album, MAXWELL MUHLY & COULOIR was recently featured as "Disc of the Week" on CBC Radio 2 through the In Concert series with Paulo Pietropaulo