Juilliard alumnus Gerard Schwarz
leads the Juilliard Orchestra in the
New York premiere of Juilliard faculty member and composer
Mr. Ranjbaran's Violin Concerto, with soloist William Harvey, was commissioned for Joshua Bell, who performed the premiere with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, also conducted by Mr. Schwarz. Mr. Bell went on to give the work's North American premiere with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and further performances with Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony. The work, which received the Rudolf Nissim Award from ASCAP, was inspired by Persian music - in particular - by the ancient instrument, the kamancheh, which is considered an ancestor to the violin. The concerto is divided into three movements: the first movement is heroic; the second movement is more intimate and lyrical; and the third movement is like a Persian dance and uses Persian modes. The concerto is a mix of east and west and ancient and modern worlds. (www.behzadranjbaran.com)
Renowned American conductor and Juilliard alumnus Gerard Schwarz celebrates his 21st season as Seattle Symphony music director in the 2005-06 season. Under Mr. Schwarz's artistic leadership, the Seattle Symphony has evolved into one of the world's finest orchestras. His vast repertoire, including his devotion to the music of our time, has earned him praise both in concerts worldwide and on recordings, for his compelling sensitivity and extraordinary depth. This is also Maestro Schwarz's fifth season as music director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and his first season as principal conductor for the Eastern Music Festival after a highly successful season as music advisor there. He also serves on the NEA's National Council on the Arts.
Building on Maestro Schwarz's tradition of performing and recording contemporary American music, the Seattle Symphony presented the Made in America Festival: Part I in May 2005, featuring the music of American symphonists such as Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, William Schuman, Virgil Thomson, Leonard Bernstein, and others who created a distinctive American symphonic tradition.
Maestro Schwarz has an extensive
discography with Naxos, Delos, EMI, Koch,
William Harvey has soloed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
and given many recitals in the Midwest and in
After 9/11, Mr. Harvey performed for members of the Fighting Sixty-Ninth regiment as they recuperated from a long day of rescue and clean-up work at Ground Zero. As a result, he was a guest on the Judith Regan Show and FOX News Magazine, and his account of the event was reproduced in a broadcast by WFMT-Chicago.
Mr. Harvey is the founder and
director of Music for the People (www.musicforthepeople.org),
an organization that sends young classical musicians around the world on
missions of cultural diplomacy. For its first project, Mr. Harvey went on a solo
violin concert tour of
His 43 compositions have received a
total of 95 performances. In 2005,
"When I Have Fears" for soprano and piano, received a performance at the New
York Festival of Song. The
Ranjbaran is on the faculty of
Juilliard where he teaches Literature and Materials of Music.
His music has been
performed by such internationally acclaimed artists as Renée Fleming,
Joshua Bell, and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. "Songs of Eternity" was written for Renée Fleming, who gave the premiere with the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Gerard Schwarz. Recordings include Persian Trilogy on the
In the summer of 2005, Mr. Ranjbaran was
composer-in-residence for the 40th anniversary of the Saratoga Music
Festival. In celebration of the
occasion, he composed the orchestral overture
Mr. Ranjbaran was born in 1955 in
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