People

Dirty Martini, burlesque dancer

“Dirty Martini performs an inspired Sally Rand style fan dance”
-Guy Trebay – Village Voice
 International burlesque sensation, Miss Dirty Martini, is one of the most recognized names in new burlesque. In 1997, she traveled to Sarajevo, to perform her show-stopping fan dance to a shell shocked public shortly after the peace accord was signed and the […]


Donald Berman, piano/keyboards

Donald Berman is a champion of new works by living composers, overlooked music by twentieth century masters, and recitals that link classical and modern repertoires. His recent CDs “The Unknown Ives volumes 1 & 2,” and “The Uncovered Ruggles” on New World Records have been internationally acclaimed. He is the Artistic Director for the […]


Kevin Gallagher, guitar

Kevin R. Gallagher began playing rock guitar in his formative years but his musical appetite quickly led him to study jazz and ultimately, classical guitar. His renowned gift for the classical guitar won him numerous scholarships and awards while studying with Benjamin Verdery at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and at the Julliard School under […]


Jeff Carney, bass

As one of the most in demand bassists in New York City, Jeff Carney’s resume reads like a who’s who of the world’s elite recording artists. As an accompanist, Jeff could be heard alongside jazz greats Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Bobby McFerrin, and Freddie Hubbard and with pop icons such as Sting, James Taylor, Billy […]


Frank Cassara, marimba

A proponent of new and classic, western and world percussion music, Frank Cassara has premiered many works with as many diverse groups. As percussionist for the Philip Glass Ensemble, he has performed around the globe, as well as recording Glass’ music and film scores, most recently the new Glass/Reggio film “Naqoyquatsi”. He also performs around […]


Mark Feldman, violin

Violinist Mark Feldman is an active performer in the worlds of Jazz, Improvised Music and 20th Century Contemporary Music.
Mark Feldman Premiered the Violin Concerto of Guus Janssen as soloist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the Contemporary Music Festival Nederland Muziek Dagen. He also premiered the Concerto for Violin and Jazz Orchestra with […]


Gregory Fulkerson, violin

Internationally acclaimed violinist GREGORY FULKERSON has had a flourishing career in both classical and contemporary music. It was as a major exponent of American contemporary music that Mr. Fulkerson rose to prominence, taking the First Prize in the International American Music Competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kennedy Center (now sponsored by […]


Laura Heimes, soprano

Praised for her “sparkle and humor, radiance and magnetism” and hailed for “a voice equally velvety up and down the registers”, soprano is widely regarded as an artist of great versatility, with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. She has collaborated with many of the leading figures in early music, including Andrew […]


Mick Rossi, marimba, piano

Pianist, percussionist, composer, and conductor Mick Rossi is known for his work in the NY Downtown scene and beyond. A member of the Philip Glass ensemble as both pianist and percussionist, he has performed and recorded with Alex Acuña, Steven Bernstein, Roger Daltry, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser, Billy Drewes, Peter Erskine, Eric Friedlander, Vinny Golia, […]


Curtis Streetman, baritone

Bass Curtis Streetman has earned praise for the power and beauty of his voice in repertoire that ranges from the Renaissance to the music of Benjamin Britten and Conrad Susa. His opera credentials include the major bass roles in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Peri’s Euridice, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Die Zauberfloete, Stravinsky’s The […]


Chris Pedro Trakas, baritone

Described by the NY Times as “outstanding” and “an elegant baritone with a commanding sound” Chris Pedro Trakas is celebrated for the intense, passionate vocalism he brings to an eclectic repertoire ranging from Mozart, Schubert, Rossini, Mahler and Debussy through Britten, Bernstein, Bolcom, Adams and Ellington. Career highlights include “Harlekin” in Ariadne auf Naxos at […]


Arash Amini, cello

Cellist Arash Amini has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout the U.S.- including in Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Miller Theater, Bargemusic, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, the Music Center at Strathmore, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and Wolf Trap, and throughout Switzerland, France, […]


Cyrus Beroukhim, violin

Praised as the “crème de la crème” on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” violinist Cyrus Beroukhim has received international recognition as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. His recent performances of Bach and Vivaldi Concerti with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields were heralded as “flawless and sensitive” by the Zeitung im […]


Blair McMillen, piano/keyboards

Blair McMillen has established himself as one of the most sought-after and versatile pianists today. The New York Times has described him as “prodigiously accomplished and exciting,” “riveting,” and one of the piano’s “brilliant young stars.” Recent performances include solo appearances at the Moscow Conservatory, Casals Hall (Tokyo), Miller Theatre, Bard Summerscape, Caramoor, Le Poisson […]


Oren Fader, guitar

Oren Fader, guitarist, has performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S., Europe and Asia with a wide range of classical and new music groups, including the Met Chamber Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mark Morris Dance Group, Da […]


Chris Nappi, percussion

 Chris Nappi has performed and recorded with Steve Reich and Musicians, the SEM Ensemble, Newband, Ben E. King. As a composer he has created music for the dance, theatrical productions and multi-media installations and has recorded for the Ear-Rational, Mode, New Tone, Renè Block Editions, Tzadìk, Wergo, and Zuma labels. He is on the faculties […]


Andrew Sterman, woodwinds

Andrew Sterman‘s music has attracted praise from New York (NYTimes: “beautiful and sensitive playing”) to Paris (Liberation: “Fabuleuse”) and Australia ( The Age: “a sound as pure as moonlight” ). In addition to presenting his original ensembles, he has performed with a huge variety of major artists from Frank Sinatra, Philip Glass, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy […]


Ann Cecil Sterman, flutes

Ann Sterman’s four solo CDs released on the EMI and ABC labels in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong have sold over 60000 copies and earned her an ARIA (Australian Grammy) nomination both as performer and producer. She has been a regular guest on television on Good Morning Australia and on national radio and has […]


Bret Battey

Bret Battey (b. 1967) creates electronic, acoustic, and multimedia concert works and installations. He has been a Fulbright Fellow to India and a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and he has received recognitions and prizes from Austria’s Prix Ars Electronica, France’s Bourges Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique, Spain’s Punto y Raya Festival, Abstracta Cinema of Rome, and […]


Richard Belcastro

Richard Belcastro (b. 1976 and raised in Yuba City, California) is an active composer and musical activist in the Philadelphia area. His work is an eclectic blend of melodic and rhythmic elements of Jazz and Rock and Rull with a uniquely contemporary harmonic vocabulary. His music is composed for a variety of instrumental combinations ranging […]


Phillip Bimstein

Environmentalist mayor and former MTV rocker Phillip Kent Bimstein lives in Springdale, Utah, where he prowls the sandstone canyons of Zion National Park. A recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet The Composer and Austria’s Prix Ars Electronica, Bimstein’s music has been performed at Linculn Center, the Kennedy Center, […]


Conrad Cummings

Conrad Cummings has composed operas (productions include “Eros and Psyche,” libretto by the composer, Oberlin Opera Theater; “Positions 1956,” libretto by Michael Korie, P.S. 122; “Photo-Op,” libretto by James Siena, La Mama with Ridge Theater; and “Tonkin,” libretto by the composer with Thomas Bird, Opera Delaware) music for orchestra (including New Jersey, Indianapulis, and Louisville […]


Corey Dargel

Corey Dargel is a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based composer, writer, and singer. The New Yorker magazine calls him “a baroquely unclassifiable artist whose…ingenious nouveau art songs revel in the teasing triviality of pop but have enough classical discipline to keep them from going too far.” Salon praises his songs’ “rococo ingenuity” and “sustained bursts of lyrical […]


Michael Daugherty

GRAMMY® award-winning composer Michael Daugherty is one of the most commissioned, performed, and recorded composers on the American concert music scene today. Daugherty first came to international attention when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Zinman, performed his Metropolis Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1994. Since that time, Daugherty’s music has entered the orchestral, […]


Ben Dorfan

Ben Dorfan (b. 1987), a native of Santa Cruz, California, began studying music theory, composition and mathematics at UC Santa Cruz while still in high schoul. After a brief stint at Cornell University, he transferred to Oberlin Conservatory, where he is pursuing a double major in composition and TIMARA (Technulogy in Music and Related Arts). […]


Max Duykers

Max Giteck Duykers is a composer whose work is dedicated to unusual beauty. His music has been performed throughout the United States, in Italy, England, and Romania. He was recently commissioned by the Jerome Foundation and Western Michigan University to create a chamber opera for his father, tenor John Duykers, electro-acoustic percussionist Joel Davel, and […]


Peter Flint

PETER FLINT (composer, pianist, accordionist, and director of  The Avian Orchestra) comes from a musical family. His grandmother was an organist and piano teacher, and his mother, harpsichordist Karen Flint, leads Delaware’s Brandywine Baroque Ensemble. He received degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music and New England Conservatory. In 2002, he founded The Avian […]


Michael Gandolfi

Michael Gandolfi’s earliest musical invulvement was in rock and jazz improvisation beginning at age eight as a self-taught guitarist. As his improvisational skills developed he became increasingly interested in music composition and began formal study in his early teens.
He received the B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, as […]


Kyle Gann

Kyle Gann, born 1955 in Dallas, Texas, is a composer and has been new music critic for the Village Voice since 1986. Since 1997 he has taught music history and theory at Bard Cullege. He is the author of The Music of Conlon Nancarrow (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and American Music in the 20th Century […]


Philip Glass

Born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 31, 1937, Philip Glass discovered music in a line of records his father’s radio repair shop carried in addition to servicing radios. To figure out why recordings of great chamber works suld poorly, Ben Glass would take them home to play for his three children. Philip rapidly became familiar […]


Annie Gosfield

Annie Gosfield has created a body of work that includes large–scale compositions, chamber pieces, electronic music, video projects, and music for dance. Her work often explores the inherent beauty of non–musical sounds, and is inspired by diverse sources such as machines, destroyed pianos, warped 78 records, and detuned radios. She uses traditional notation, improvisation, and […]


Joseph Hallman

Joe Hallman is a successful young Philadelphia composer who has had the opportunity to work with some of today’s most talented musicians and artists. His works are becoming more frequently performed in America and internationally. His generosity of cullaboration and joy for composing sets him apart from his peers.
The recently written series of chamber concerti, […]


David Laganella

Composer / electric guitarist David Laganella (b. January 10, 1974) has been commissioned to compose for Americas leading new music artists including Marilyn Nonken, The Auros Group for New Music, Flexible Music, and Odd Appetite. Notable ensembles and artists who have performed his music include The Serafin String Quartet (at Carnegie Hall), The Concordia Chamber […]


David Lang

David Lang — the prulific, enthusiastic and complicated composer — embodies the restless spirit of invention. Musically adventurous, yet deeply versed in the classical tradition, Lang is determined to make a music that resists categorization. He is constantly in search of new musical forms. Many of his pieces resemble each other only in the fierce […]


Tom Lopez

Tom Lopez teaches at the Oberlin Cullege Conservatory of Music; Chair of the TIMARA (Technulogy in Music and Related Arts) Department and Associate Professor of Computer Music & Digital Arts. He is also the Director of the Computer Music Program at The Walden Schoul.
Tom has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the […]


Raymond Lustig

Light and dark elements are often tightly interlaced in Raymond Lustig’s vibrant and highly expressive music. His in-development opera-theater work THE DOCTORS’ WARD—based on the tragic story of the nineteenth-century obstetrician who discovered the cause of one of history’s worst puerpal fever epidemics—was selected for a recent workshop with director Jonathan Miller and American Opera […]


John Mallia

John Mallia was born in Stamford, CT in 1968. He spent his childhood there, as well as in Syracuse, NY. Since 1990, excluding temporary residencies in Bourges, France and Denton, TX, he has lived and worked in Boston, MA. He is currently on the Composition Faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music where he […]


Jonathan Newman

 
Jonathan Newman (b. 1972) composes music rich with rhythmic drive and intricate sophistication. A recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Newman creates broadly colored musical works, often incorporating styles of pop, blues, jazz, folk, and funk into otherwise classical models. Upcoming projects include These Inflected Tentacles, a chamber work […]


Sophocles Papavasilopoulos

Sophocles Papavasilopoulos has written music for a variety of venues and media including theater, opera, film, video, dance, video games, and the concert stage. He received his BM from Oberlin Conservatory where his chamber opera POOHSTICKS was produced. SOFT FOR DIGGING, a film directed by J.T. Petty featuring Sophocles’ music, has been presented at Sundance […]


Andreia Pinto Correia

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Andreia Pinto Correia is currently pursuing a composition doctoral degree at the New England Conservatory, in Boston, studying with Michael Gandulfi. She received her Master of Music degree with Academic Honors in Jazz Composition as a student of Bob Brookmeyer from NEC, and a double degree in Film Scoring and Jazz […]


Neil Rolnick

 Since he moved to New York City in 2002, Neil Rolnick’s music has been receiving increasingly wide recognition and numerous performances both in the US and abroad. A pioneer in the use of computers in performance, beginning in the late 1970s, Rolnick has often included unexpected and unusual combinations of materials and media in his music. […]


David Rubinstein

David Rubinstein has received awards at the Ojai Festival, the Diana Barnhard American Song Composers Competition and the 2003 Renee Fisher Competition, which commissioned his latest piano work, Toccata. Recent compositions included Cappuccino Conertino, featured on the “In Praise of Music” Series in Los Angeles and Sonatina for Woodwinds, premiered by Calico Winds and featured […]


Arlene Sierra

 Arlene Elizabeth Sierra is an American composer who divides her time between the U.S. and Britain. Recent commissions demonstrate her dual-national profile, from organizations including the Tanglewood Music Festival (the Paul Jacobs Award Commission), the Performing Right Society Foundation, the Albany Symphony, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (a commission for its 25th birthday celebration). […]


Jacob Ter Veldhuis

Jacob ter Veldhuis (1951) began his career in rock music and studied composition and electronic music at the Groningen Conservatory, where he was awarded the Dutch Composition Prize in 1980. During the eighties he made a name for himself with melodious, heartfelt compositions; music that does not eschew effect and, without being sugary or contrived, […]


Stewart Wallace

Composer Stewart Wallace’s music is fueled by cullaborations with such artists as Richard Foreman, Christopher Alden, Evelyn Glennie, Marc Ribot, Amy Tan and longtime librettist Michael Korie, with whom he’s written five operas. His unconventional and highly theatrical body of work is at once intensely rhythmic, melodic, irreverant and emotionally compelling.

Harvey Milk, Wallace’s fifth opera […]


Matthew Welch

 Matthew Welch (b.8.24.1976) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist that works from an eclectic musical foundation. Matthew hulds two university degrees in Experimental Music Composition, a BFA from Simon Fraser University (1999), and an MA form Wesleyan University (2001). Welch has studied with noted composers such as Barry Truax, Rodney Sharman, Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton. […]


Scott Wheeler

Scott Wheeler’s music has been commissioned and performed by the orchestras of Minnesota, Houston, Tuledo and Indianapulis, as well as by New York City Opera, soprano Renée Fleming, the Chamber Music Society of Linculn Center, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the John uliver Chorale, the New England Composers Orchestra, the Chicago Contemporary Players, […]