Collaborating Composers

Ladislav Kubikdiodore_rectangles
Kubik Photo Ladislav Kubík was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1946. He studied composition and music theory at the Prague Academy of Music, receiving his Master’s degree in 1970 and DM equivalent in 1980. His compositional career has achieved prominence through 16 international and national awards which include the Guggenheim Fellowship, distinction at the International Rostrum of Composers UNESCO in Paris for Lament of a Warrior’s Wife (1974) and Concerto No.1 for Piano and Orchestra (1978); the Intervision Prize for the television ballet Song of Man (1986); 1st Prize in the International Franz Kafka Composition Competition for Der Weg (1993); 1st Prize in the U.S. NACWPI Composition Contest for Two Episodes for Bass Clarinet, Piano, and Percussion (1995); 2nd Prize in the World Music Contest, Kerkrade, Netherlands, for Symphony for Winds and Percussion (1995); and 2nd Prize in the New England Chamber Music Competition in Boston for Angels and Airplanes (1998). Two times he was awarded the Florida Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship (1998, 2005). In addition to these awards, he was a finalist of Prix Italia, Venice (1977); International New Music Competition, Miami (1989); and a semi-finalist of the Leonard Bernstein International Competition, Jerusalem (1997).

Kubík’s works have been commissioned by Radio France, String Quartet No.1 (1981) and Concerto Grosso (1987); the Salzburg Festival (through the assistance of the Mozarteum Foundation, Austria), Divertimento No.1, “Bläserharmonie” for Winds (1988); Centro para la Difúsion de la Música Contemporánea, Madrid, Spain, Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1988); Centre International de la Musique pour Voix d’Enfants, Paris, France, The Blue Bird (1989); the Czech Music Fund, Wolkeriana (1982), Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello (1983), To the Earth of Future (1984); Florida Music Teachers Association, Elegy in Two Movements (1995), and other prominent organizations.. He has received grants from the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, State of Florida, Michigan State University and Florida State University.

rinderknecht_rectanglesGreg D’Alessio

Greg D’Alessio Is A Composer, Songwriter And Mixed Media Artist. He Is A Professor Of Composition At Cleveland State University, Where He Is Also The Coordinator Of The Electronic And Computer Music Program And Of The New B.A. Degree Focused In Popular Music. Among The Honors And Awards Recognizing His Work As A Composer Are A Commission From The Koussevitsky Foundation In The Library Of Congress, The Aaron Copland Prize, A Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, The Cleveland Arts Prize, 2 Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Award, The Board Of Director’s Prize From The Society For Electro-Acoustic Music (SEAMUS), The Commuinity Partnership For Arts And Culture, And The Otto Ettinger Fellowship To The Tanglewood Music Festival.

His Works Have Been Performed By Such Groups As The Da Capo Chamber Players, The Slee Sinfonietta, The Dali String Quartet, Earplay, No Exit, The Ars Futura Ensemble, The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, And The Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Among Many Others. His Full-Length Mixed-Media Opera The World Above Us Was Presented By Cleveland Public Theater In 2013.

Christopher Goddarddiodore_rectangles
McKee Photo Christopher Goddard is a Canadian composer and pianist. As a composer, he has collaborated with NYO Canada, Esprit Orchestra (Toronto), the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, TAK Ensemble, andPlay duo, and others. Recent commissions have come from the Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall for the 21C Festival and from the City of Reutlingen. His work has been recognized by the Canadian League of Composers, the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers, and the Prix Collégien de Musique Contemporaine. His work has been broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3. He holds degrees in composition, theory, and piano performance from McGill University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Shepherd School of Music (Rice University).

gabriel_rectanglesKeith Fitch

Fitch PhotoKeith Fitch currently heads the composition department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he holds the Vincent K. and Edith H. Smith Chair in Composition and also directs the CIM New Music Ensemble. Called “gloriously luminous” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, his music has been consistently noted for its eloquence, expressivity, dramatic sense of musical narrative, and unique sense of color and sonority. Reviewing a performance of his work Totem by Wolfgang Sawallisch and The Philadelphia Orchestra (chosen by Maestro Sawallisch to celebrate the orchestra’s centennial), The Wall Street Journal praised “the sheer concentration of his writing, and its power to express a complex, unseen presence shaping the course of musical events.” His works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan by such ensembles as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and new music ensembles around the country.

Christopher Starkhirthe_rectangles
Stark PhotoChristopher Stark (b. 1980, St. Ignatius, MT) is a composer of contemporary classical music deeply rooted in the American West. Having spent his formative years in rural western Montana, his music is always seeking to capture the expansive energy of this quintessential American landscape. Stark, whose music The New York Times has called, “fetching and colorful,” has been awarded prizes from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, Chamber Music America, ASCAP, and the Barlow Endowment. Named a 2017 “Rising Star” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, his music has been performed by such ensembles as Alarm Will Sound, Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, BIT20 Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Momenta Quartet, Unheard-of//Ensemble, No Exit New Music Ensemble, and New Morse Code. In 2012, he was a resident composer at Civitella Ranieri, a fifteenth-century castle in Umbria, Italy, and in June of 2016 he was awarded a residency at Copland House. Recent highlights included performances at the 2016 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the 2016 NY Phil Biennial. In 2018, he was in residence in Bergen, Norway where he worked with musicians from the Bergen Philharmonic, and in 2020, he was in residence at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy as the Aaron Copland Fellow in Music. His score for the feature-length film, “Novitiate,” premiered at Sundance in January of 2017 and was theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics. His debut CD, Seasonal Music, was released in 2019 on Bridge Records.

gabriel_rectanglesNasim Khorassani

Khorassani Photo Nasim Khorassani (b.1987, Tehran) is an Iranian composer, currently studying her PhD in Music Composition with Dr Katharina Rosenberger at the University of California San Diego. She studied her second master’s with Dr Andrew Rindfleisch and Dr Greg D’Alessio at Cleveland State University. University of Tehran was where she gained her first master’s and studied composition with Mr Mohammad Reza Tafazzoli, Mr Kiawasch Sahebnassagh, and Dr Sara Abazari. Mainly as a self-taught composer, Nasim started composing since the age of eight. However, her works did not receive any performance in Iran, until 2016 when she moved to the United States. Since then, she has received various commissions from No Exit New Music Ensemble, Del Sol String Quartet, Patchwork Duo, Zeitgeist, and Loadbang.

During her life in Iran, she managed to create and organize a group of music students which received the DAAD Study Visit scholarship in 2009, as the first Iranian group. In 2012, she met with Peter Ablinger and Klaus Lang in Tehran, and performed their music. In 2013, Nasim became among five selected sound artists from Iran, for Iran-UK Sonics residency in London, where she joined various workshops by Keith Rowe and Chris Watson, and had her first experimental improvisation with Veryan Weston at Queen Elizabeth Hall. The trip to Germany as her introduction to modern dance expanded throughout her life, influencing the style of music composition she follows today.

Joshua Musikantowdiodore_rectangles
Musikantow Photo Joshua Musikantow has been active as a composer and a percussionist, with performances in England, France, the Czech Republic, and the United States, and as a creative writer (specializing in poetry), editor, and writing consultant. Born in Chicago, 1981, he currently resides in the twin cities.

He earned his BM in Music Composition at Lawrence University, his MA in Music Composition at the University at Buffalo, and his PhD in Music Composition at the University of Minnesota. His dissertation advisor was the acclaimed Scottish New Complexity composer, James Dillon. He earned his BA in English from Lawrence University, has 12 graduate level creative writing credits at the University of Minnesota, and studied writing in not-for-credit programs at Bennington College and the College of St. Scholastica.

Writing for both acoustic and electronic mediums, the hallmarks of his musical language are explorations of non-traditional tuning systems, use of unorthodox and originally developed techniques as primary resources rather than extended ones, shamanic drumming, and an aphoristic approach to musical forms whereby many semi-autonomous moments populate a larger, fractured cosmology. He was a recipient of the 2013 McKnight Fellowship. He was awarded a 2012 JFund grant for his work, Lisp. His piece, Comma, was a winner of the 2012 Zeitgeist call for scores. His music has also earned him various academic honors and featured spots in festivals, including PureGold, SPARK, Etchings, CASMI, Interlochen Composers Institute, and Oregon Bach.

rinderknecht_rectanglesEmily Koh

Emily Koh (b.1986) is a Singaporean composer and double bassist based in Atlanta, GA. Her music reimagines everyday experiences by sonically expounding tiny oft-forgotten details. In addition to writing acoustic and electronic concert music, she enjoys collaborating with other creatives in projects where sound plays an important role.

Emily is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She has been on faculty at the Alba Music Festival Composition Program (Italy), Dot-The-Line Festival (South Korea), International Composition Institute of Thailand and Asia-Pacific Saxophone Academy (Thailand). Prior to teaching at UGA, she taught at Brandeis and Harvard Universities, MIT, Longy School of Music (Bard College) and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore (BM Music Composition), the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University (MM Music Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy), and Brandeis University (Ph.D. graduate in Music Composition and Theory). She is a member of ASCAP, SCI, and the Composers Society of Singapore. Her music is published by Babel Scores and Poco Piu Publishing.

Emily lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Jason. Besides composing and performing, Emily is a foodie and enjoys eating, cooking and working in her edible garden.

Ladislav Kubikdiodore_rectangles
Kubik Photo Ladislav Kubík was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1946. He studied composition and music theory at the Prague Academy of Music, receiving his Master’s degree in 1970 and DM equivalent in 1980. His compositional career has achieved prominence through 16 international and national awards which include the Guggenheim Fellowship, distinction at the International Rostrum of Composers UNESCO in Paris for Lament of a Warrior’s Wife (1974) and Concerto No.1 for Piano and Orchestra (1978); the Intervision Prize for the television ballet Song of Man (1986); 1st Prize in the International Franz Kafka Composition Competition for Der Weg (1993); 1st Prize in the U.S. NACWPI Composition Contest for Two Episodes for Bass Clarinet, Piano, and Percussion (1995); 2nd Prize in the World Music Contest, Kerkrade, Netherlands, for Symphony for Winds and Percussion (1995); and 2nd Prize in the New England Chamber Music Competition in Boston for Angels and Airplanes (1998). Two times he was awarded the Florida Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship (1998, 2005). In addition to these awards, he was a finalist of Prix Italia, Venice (1977); International New Music Competition, Miami (1989); and a semi-finalist of the Leonard Bernstein International Competition, Jerusalem (1997).

Kubík’s works have been commissioned by Radio France, String Quartet No.1 (1981) and Concerto Grosso (1987); the Salzburg Festival (through the assistance of the Mozarteum Foundation, Austria), Divertimento No.1, “Bläserharmonie” for Winds (1988); Centro para la Difúsion de la Música Contemporánea, Madrid, Spain, Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1988); Centre International de la Musique pour Voix d’Enfants, Paris, France, The Blue Bird (1989); the Czech Music Fund, Wolkeriana (1982), Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello (1983), To the Earth of Future (1984); Florida Music Teachers Association, Elegy in Two Movements (1995), and other prominent organizations.. He has received grants from the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, State of Florida, Michigan State University and Florida State University.

gabriel_rectanglesHong-Da Chin

Chin PhotoOriginally from Kajang, Malaysia, Hong-Da Chin explores multiculturalism and diversity. He incorporates cultural elements from the Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures from Malaysia into his music. Being a Chinese flutist of the Chinese orchestra at his high school, he was invited to perform with gamelan groups and Indian traditional ensembles at cultural and political events. Exposure to traditional Malaysian musics instilled the importance of diversity in his creative output.

Chin’s music has been performed in the US, Germany, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Austria, Poland, Israel, Malaysia, Japan, the Philippines and Singapore. The ensembles and performers include the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (Poland), Bowling Green Philharmonia, Bel Canto Trio, Karr and Mattingly Duo, Altered Sound Duo, Vive Ensemble, Ogni Suono, Patchwork, and Orlando Cela.

Chin earned his A.A from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi studying composition with Neil Flory, and flute with Joy Kairies, B.M. from the University of Houston studying composition with Rob Smith and flute with Jennifer Keeney, and M.M. from the University of Louisville studying composition with Steve Rouse and flute with Kathy Karr. He studied composition with Marilyn Shrude and Mikel Kuehn at Bowling Green State University. Chin earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from BGSU in December 2017.

Chin is currently Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Western Illinois University.

Ty Alan Emersondiodore_rectangles
Emerson Photo Composer Ty Alan Emerson has been presenting music in Cleveland since 2000. Following two terms as president of the Cleveland Composers’ Guild, he is currently Director for the Cleveland Chamber Collective. He has been commissioned by the Collective, No Exit, and ASSEM3LY. Other notable performances include: Zeitgeist, VERB Ballets, Quorum, saxophonists John Sampen and Gary Louie, and The Peabody Wind Ensemble. His work has been featured at music festivals from Bowling Green, OH to Huddersfield, England.

In addition to his work for the concert hall, Emerson has composed and arranged works for the stage including several shows with The Musical Theater Project in Cleveland, including Deconstructing Kurt Weill at Cleveland Public Theater, and a season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Emerson can also be found conducting concert and theatrical works around Cleveland.