BRUCE WOLOSOFF (ASCAP)

CURRICULUM VITAE

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

COMPOSER

- Works that integrate modern classical, romantic, rock, jazz, and blues forms

- ASCAP member since 1986

2014

"The Loom", music inspired by the watercolors of Eric Fischl
composed for the Eroica Trio
Premiered September 14, 2014, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Film version of the ballet "A Light in the Dark",
directed by Christopher Kai Olsen, received an Emmy nomination
Outstanding Achievement for Arts Programming- Program/Special/ Series

"Finding the Gold Within"- documentary film score
A film by Karina Epperlein

"15 short meditations on John Keats"- solo piano, 38 minutes
Recorded by Bruce Wolosoff, February 2014, Released May 15, 2014

2013

"The Great Good Thing" - opera, two acts, piano/vocal score
with librettist Debbie Danielpour, based on the novel by Roderick Townley.

"for April" - cello and piano, 7 minutes
Recorded by Sara Sant'Ambrogio and Bruce Wolosoff, November 2013
Published as part of a book of April Gornik's Charcoal Drawings, April 2014

"Improvisation on a Ground by Henry Purcell" - solo piano, 2:42

"Dido's Blues" - solo piano, 8 minutes

"LOVEBOOK" - Solo piano, 30 minutes
Recorded by Bruce Wolosoff, April 2013

2012

"A Light in the Dark" - ballet, large chamber ensemble, 51 minutes
Choreography by Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos
Performances by Thodos Dance Chicago
CD released February, 2013

2011

"Tantric Scherzo" - violin, cello, & piano, 10 minutes
Composed for the Eroica Trio
Premiered at the Rubin Museum of Tibetan Art, NYC
Performed at numerous locations by the Eroica Trio

"The White City" - ballet, 45 minutes
Choreography by Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos
Performances by Thodos Dance Chicago

"MANY WORLDS" - solo piano CD, 60 minutes
Bruce Wolosoff, piano

2010

"Nocturnes" - violin & piano, 20 minutes
Composed for violinist Charles Wetherbee and pianist Cameron Bennett

2009

"Mad Maude, and other tales" - violin & piano, 14 minutes
Premiered at Music Festival of the Hamptons
by violinist Theresa Salomon and pianist Konstanin Soukhovetski

Performance at "Celebration of Sound" series in Worthington, Ohio
by violinist Charles Wetherbee and pianist Cameron Bennett

Performances at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and at Texas A & M University
by violinist Theresa Salomon and pianist Kathryn Woodard

"Shenandoah Variations"- solo piano, 18 minutes

Smiles”- score to short documentary film on the life of Roy Scheider.
Screenings at Hamptons Film Festival and the Phoenix Film Festival

2008

"Songs without Words" (18 divertimenti for string quartet)
Commissioned by the Carpe Diem String Quartet, 56 minutes
Recording released on Naxos Records.
Performances in Austin, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Chicago, New York and Tokyo.

2007

Fausta – Chamber Opera, libretto by Michael Hall (in progress)

Four Blues- piano solo, 10 minutes

Incidental music for the film "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium",
Starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman

Haiku – solo piano, 7 minutes

2006

Madimi – Chamber Opera, libretto by Michael Hall,
Developed by the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York.
Staged reading of piano/vocal score at Symphony Space, New York City, February ‘07

Intermezzo – ballet, piano and electronics, 18 minutes
for Joyce Theatre, New York City

2005

Transfiguration – piano and string quartet, 25 minutes

the day Bill Evans died – clarinet and piano, 11 minutes

2003

Sinfonia – string orchestra, 12 minutes
Commissioned by the Columbus Symphony for their Bach & Beyond Festival

Sonata for Violin and Piano – 20 minutes
Premiered by violinst Charles Wetherbee and pianist Caroline Hong
at Weigel Hall, Ohio State University;
also performed by them at Denison University in Ohio, Towson College in Baltimore,
and the Shelter Island Friends of Music

performances by Charles Wetherbee and pianist Lisa Emenheiser
at the Snake River Music Festival in Colorado

2002

The Passions – two-piano score, 18 minutes
Commissioned by the Minnesota Ballet Company,
Premiered in Duluth, Minnesota

2000

Theme music for the TV film "A Woman’s Way";
winner of a Cine Golden Eagle award

1999

Blues for the New Millennium – clarinet, violin and piano, 12 minutes
Commissioned by the 21st Century Consort under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.
Premiered at The Hirshhorn Museum in 2001

Performance by the New York Chamber Ensemble (Alan R. Kay, Rene Jolles, Margaret Kampmeier) at the Cape May Music Festival in 2004

Performance by the Da Capo Chamber Players
(Meighan Stoops, Curtis Macomber, Blair McMillen) at Bard College, 2010

many worlds (In Memoriam: John Arthur Byard) – solo piano, 22 minutes

Original Soundtrack for the feature film "Soho, They Call It."

Mutatis Mutandis – solo electric violin, 27 minutes
Commissioned and premiered by violinist Charles Wetherbee
at Denison University in Ohio

1998

Ballads & Blues – solo piano, 14 minutes

The Gates of Capricorn – solo piano, 20 minutes

Cornelius Agrippa’s Recipe For Madness – string quartet, 23 minutes.
Commissioned by the High St. 4, premiered in Columbus, Ohio.

Whispers of Heavenly Death – baritone voice and piano, 12 minutes
Four poems by Walt Whitman

1997

The Celestial Ruby – orchestra, 7 minutes

Dharma Songs – mezzo soprano and piano, 20 minutes

Ghost Dances – solo piano, 17 minutes

Premiered by pianist Lisa Emenheiser at The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC

1996

Splendor Solis – orchestra, 14 minutes

Red Sulphur – orchestra, 25 minutes

In Nomine – oboe and string quartet, 18 minutes
Commissioned by the Lark Quartet and the Linton Music Series.
Premiered by the Lark Quartet and oboist Rudolph Vrbsky at The Kennedy Center
and at the Linton Music Series in Cincinnati;

Performances by Rudolph Vrbsky with members of the National Symphony.

1995

Planetary Songs – recorder and guitar, 15 minutes
Commissioned by Michaela Petri and Lars Hannibal

looking for the moon in the sea violin and piano, 12 minutes
Commissioned by Rebecca Kelly Dance
Premiered by violinist Nicolas Danielson with Bruce Wolosoff
at the Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse, New York City

1994

from Bruno’s diary – solo piano, 14 minutes
Premiered by the composer at The Greenwich House, New York City

The Book of Lies – mezzo soprano, piano, percussion, 17 minutes
Premiered by Nan Hughes, David Rozenblatt and Bruce Wolosoff
at The Greenwich House, New York City.

Elegy – trombone and piano, 5 minutes
Commissioned by the Ecole Normale de Musique
(published by Editions Billaudot, Paris)
Premiered by trombonist Art Baron with Bruce Wolosoff
The Greenwich House, New York City

1993

A Little Christmas Music – voice, 2 pianos, percussion, 5 minutes
Commissioned and premiered by The 20th Century Consort, Hirshhorn Museum

High John the Conqueror – orchestra, 6 minutes

from the invisible world – piano and woodwind quintet, 13 minutes,
Commissioned by Hexagon.

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes – baritone and orchestra, 11 minutes

1992

the secret fire – solo oboe, fl., cl., vn., cello, piano and percussion, 18 minutes
Commissioned by The 20th Century Consort.
Premiered by oboist Rudolph Vrbsky and The 20th Century Consort
under the direction of Christopher Kendall;

also performed by The Ronen Ensemble in Indianapolis.

1991

when fire flows like water – orchestra, 7 minutes
Commissioned and premiered by The Greenwich Village Orchestra
Rob Grehan, conductor

Reflections on the Stone – soprano, clarinet, piano, 10 minutes
Premiered on the Eclectix! Series, CAMI Hall, New York City

Bodhisattva – piano trio, 13 minutes
Premiered by the Opus 3 Piano Trio at the National Cathedral in Washington;
Performance by The 20th Century Consort at The Freer Gallery in Washington

1989

In the Company of Love – soprano and piano, texts by poet Gerrit Lansing, 14 minutes
Premiered by soprano Darynn Zimmer with Bruce Wolosoff.
Perpetuum Mobile concerts, CAMI Hall, New York. Daron Hagen, Artistic Director

Sonata, Blues & Algerian Landscape – piano & orchestra, 30 minutes
Commissioned by the Greenwich Village Orchestra
Performed by pianist Bari Mort with conductor Rob Grehan

Variations on a Theme by John Coltrane – solo piano, 11 minutes
Premiered by the composer at The Landmark Festival Series in New York City

1988

Linguistics – mezzo soprano, flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 12 minutes
4 poems by Robert Kelly

Quintet for Piano & Strings – 22 minutes
Performed by pianist Bari Mort with students from The Juilliard School at Juilliard.

PIANIST

Solo recitals of original work and improvisations, 2010
'Many Worlds", solo piano CD released December 2011  

Popular freelance pianist (recitalist and soloist with orchestra) in New York City throughout the 1980s; appeared frequently in recital at such venues as Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Bargemusic series, as well as on The Listening Room with Robert Sherman on WQXR-FM and on National Public Radio, among other broadcast appearances.

Consistently championed contemporary music; premiered numerous new works, including the Piano Sonata by Richard Danielpour, Danielpour’s Second Piano Concerto, “Pelaghia” by Charlie Banacos, and works by Daron Hagen.

Critically acclaimed recording of piano music by Busoni, produced by Joanna Nickrenz and Marc Aubort for Music & Arts Records, 1986

Served as Artistic Director of “Music of Our Time”, an 80th birthday tribute to Olivier Messiaen at Lincoln Center, 1987

TEACHER

Maintains an active private studio (1968- present)

Visiting Artist, Hayground School, Bridgehampton NY,
leads a creative orchestra of young student composers, 2005 – present

Adjunct Faculty (piano), Bard College, 1983 – 1984

Artist in Residence, Great Neck Public School System, 1983 – 1984

Beaver Country Day School (piano), 1978 – 1979

Teaching Assistant to Joan Tower, Bard College, 1976 – 1977

EDUCATION

Schools

DALCROZE SCHOOL OF MUSIC with Dr. Hilda Schuster, 1985 MASTER CLASSES :
with Malcolm Frager, KONSERVATORIUM OF LUZERNE, 1985
with Jorge Bolet, UNIVERSITY OF INDIANA, 1976
NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY – MM in Music, 1980
BARD COLLEGE – BA in Music, 1977
Composition with Joan Tower • Theory with Benjamin Boretz •
Improvisation studies with Roswell Rudd
(won Bard’s “Musical Offering” Prize two years in succession 1976, 1977)
THE LAWRENCEVILLE SCHOOL (high school), 1973

Private Studies

COMPOSITION and ORCHESTRATION with Lawrence Widdoes, 1985–91 J
AZZ PIANO and COMPOSITION with Jaki Byard, 1977–78; 1981–85
HARMONY and JAZZ PIANO with Charlie Banacos, 1978–81, 1994-98
COUNTERPOINT with Robert di Domenica, 1978–80
CLASSICAL PIANO: with Richard Goode, 1984–86
with Evelyne Crochet, 1977–78; 1981–84
Principal Piano Studies with German Diez (technique of Claudio Arrau),1974–90

 

 

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