Insights at the Atrium: "New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers"

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Insights at the Atrium: "New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers"

Location

David Rubenstein Atrium

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Price Range

Free

Date & Times

21

May, 2019

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

For 23 years, the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program (VYC) has been nurturing children’s inherent creativity, resulting in hundreds of original compositions every year. In this free event, Philharmonic musicians perform three of the newest works composed by 12- to 14-year-old New Yorkers. The performance is complemented by a discussion with Philharmonic Very Young Composers, musicians, Teaching Artists, and VYC founder Jon Deak on the program and its worldwide impact on the composers and audiences alike.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Subscribers, Friends at the Affiliate level and above, and Patrons may secure guaranteed admission by emailing AdultEd@nyphil.org.
 

Artists

Jon Deak

Speaker

Jon Deak

Speaker

Speaker

Jon Deak is Artistic Director of the Very Young Composers of the New York Philharmonic, an international, award-winning program he founded in 1995 in which children in grades 4–9 compose and orchestrate their own music to be performed by the New York Philharmonic and many other orchestras and ensembles. Under his leadership the New York Philharmonic has given more than 100 World Premieres of works written and orchestrated by children 13 years of age and under, and the program has spread to 60 locations on four continents.

Also a prominent instrumentalist, Mr. Deak was Associate Principal Bass of the New York Philharmonic for many years. As a composer, he has written more than 300 works, and his music has been performed by orchestras such as the Chicago and National Symphony Orchestras and the New York Philharmonic. His Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. His music can also be heard on several television series and numerous recordings.

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Anna Urrey

Flute / Speaker

Anna Urrey

Flute / Speaker

Anna Urrey

Flute / Speaker

An avid solo and chamber music artist, Finnish-American flutist Anna Urrey has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony in C, among others. Internationally, Ms. Urrey has collaborated with Philippe Entremont at Les Concerts du Cloître in Nice, France, was an Artist-In-Residence at the Banff Music Center in Alberta, Canada, and performed in Muscat, Oman, with the Castleton Festival Orchestra under the direction of Lorin Maazel. A dedicated pedagogue, Ms. Urrey is a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Apprentice and an adjunct flute teacher at the City College of New York. She also serves on the faculty for the Harmony Program at P.S. 129 and maintains a private studio in New York City. Ms. Urrey earned her M.M. and Performance Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music and B.M. from Rutgers University, where she received the Burian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance. Her principal teachers include Robert Langevin, Michael Parloff, Bart Feller, and Kaoru Hinata.

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George Curran

Trombone / Speaker

George Curran

Trombone / Speaker

Curran

Trombone / Speaker

George Curran became the bass trombonist of the New York Philharmonic in June 2013 after serving in that role with the Orchestra during the 2012–13 season. Previously, he was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for five years and a fellow with the New World Symphony. He has also performed with the major orchestras of Cincinnati, Detroit, Colorado, North Carolina, and Alabama.

In 2010 he performed with the Atlanta Trombone Project on a recording titled Roadwork. This project resulted in the formation of the Southeast Trombone Symposium, a week-long summer workshop at Columbus State University (CSU) where college students are coached by members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra trombone section. Mr. Curran was a soloist on a recently released recording titled A Beautiful Noise, which features prominent trombone soloists performing with the CSU Trombone Choir, including Philharmonic Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi. Mr. Curran has also performed concertos with the U.S. Army Band at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, and many college ensembles.

A native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, George Curran received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers have included John Rojak and Peter Norton.

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Pascual Martínez Forteza

Clarinet / Speaker

Pascual Martínez Forteza

Clarinet / Speaker

Pascual Martinez Forteza

Clarinet / Speaker

A native of Mallorca, Spain, clarinetist and E-flat clarinetist Pascual Martínez Forteza joined the New York Philharmonic in 2001; he currently serves as Acting Associate Principal Clarinet, The Honey M. Kurtz Family Chair. Prior to his appointment with the Philharmonic, he held tenure with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and at age 18 he was assistant principal and later acting principal of the Baleares Symphony Orchestra in Spain. He has recently performed as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.

Mr. Martínez Forteza appears regularly as a soloist, recitalist, and master-class teacher at international festivals and conservatories, including the International Clarinet Festival of Chanchung (China), ClarinetFest 2009 (Porto, Portugal), Buffet Crampon Summer Clarinet Festival (Jacksonville, Florida), University of Southern California, Mannes School of Music, The Juilliard School, New Jersey Clarinet Symposium, XI Encuentro Internacional de Clarinetes de Lisboa (Portugal), Mexico Clarinet Convention, and I Latinoamerican Clarinet Congress (Lima, Peru). Past and future engagements include solo performances of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Weber’s Clarinet Concertos Nos.1 and 2, Krommer’s Concerto for Two Clarinets, Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra, and Luigi Bassi’s Fantasy on Themes from Verdi’s Rigoletto. He frequently collaborates with Philharmonic colleagues in New York City venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

Since 2003 Mr. Martínez Forteza and Spanish pianist Gema Nieto have played throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States as Duo Forteza-Nieto. Together they founded the Benifaio Music Festival in Spain, where Philharmonic colleagues have joined them for a week of master classes and concerts. A decade ago Mr. Martínez Forteza founded Vent Cameristic, a wind ensemble of professional musicians from Spain. As a soloist with that ensemble, he has played every year at the Concerts d’Estiú in Valencia, Spain. In 2003 Spanish National Radio (RNE) produced a CD featuring selections from these performances. Mr. Martínez Forteza has also made recordings for radio and television in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Pascual Martínez Forteza started playing clarinet at age ten with his father, Pascual V. Martínez, principal clarinet of the Baleares Symphony Orchestra for 30 years and teacher at the Baleares Conservatory of Music in Spain. Mr. Martínez Forteza earned his master’s degree from the Baleares and Liceo de Barcelona Music Conservatories in Spain and pursued advanced studies with Yehuda Gilad at the University of Southern California, where he won first prize in the university’s 1998 Concerto Competition.

Mr. Martínez Forteza is currently a faculty member at New York University and teaches orchestral repertoire at Manhattan School of Music. A Buffet Crampon Artist and Vandoren Artist, he plays Green Line Tosca Buffet clarinets and uses Vandoren reeds and M30D mouthpieces.

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Justin Jay Hines

Percussion / Speaker

Justin Jay Hines

Percussion / Speaker

Justin Hines

Percussion / Speaker

Percussionist, composer, and educator Justin Jay Hines has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Alarm Will Sound, and Chamber Music Society of Detroit. He served as principal percussion of The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Since 1997 he has served as a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist in classrooms, concerts, workshops, and residencies across New York City and in educational programs in Japan. As a Broadway musician, he has played in many Tony Award–winning shows, including In the Heights, Pippin, Caroline or Change, and Tarzan. As an educator, he has collaborated with the St. Louis Symphony, New World Symphony, 92nd Street Y, Lincoln Center Education, Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Center for the Arts, and The Juilliard School. His classical compositions have been featured most prominently by his group Classical Jam at venues throughout the US and Asia. Currently Mr. Hines is a composition mentor for the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, and is on the teaching faculty of New York University. In May 2018 he made his New York Philharmonic debut hosting the Young People’s Concert Inspirations and Tributes: “The Riddle of Shostakovich.” In November 2018 he appeared as The Hunter, The Cuckoo, and The Tipsy Blacksmith in the New York Philharmonic’s performances of waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss, conducted by Manfred Honeck.

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Jacinta Clusellas

Speaker

Jacinta Clusellas

Speaker

Speaker

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Bill Gordh

Speaker

Bill Gordh

Speaker

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Very Young Composer Artemy Mukhin

Speaker

Very Young Composer Artemy Mukhin

Speaker

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Very Young Composer Vivian Graham

Speaker

Very Young Composer Vivian Graham

Speaker

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Very Young Composer Isai Rabiu

Speaker

Very Young Composer Isai Rabiu

Speaker

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Jessica Mays

Moderator

Jessica Mays

Moderator

Moderator

Jessica Mays is Manager of the Very Young Composers Program (VYC) at the New York Philharmonic. A Colorado native, Ms. Mays first encountered the VYC program in 2011 through its Denver affiliate, Young Composers Playground. Before joining the New York Philharmonic, Ms. Mays held positions including Lead Teaching Artist and musician with the Colorado Symphony’s Very Young Composers program and the Playground Ensemble’s Young Composers in Denver and Vail, respectively. Ms. Mays has extensive experience leading community outreach and creativity-based music education programs. She also works as a professional composer, arranger, pianist, and singer-songwriter.

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