Institute Announces Appointment of Paul Moravec as Artist-in-Residence
The Institute for Advanced Study has announced the appointment of composer Paul Moravec as Artist-in-Residence. As the Institute's resident composer, Paul Moravec will introduce new works and lead the Institute's annual concert series. His term begins on July 1, 2007.
The recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Moravec has composed more than ninety orchestral, chamber, choral, lyric, film, and electro-acoustic compositions. His music has been described as "tuneful, ebullient and wonderfully energetic" (San Francisco Chronicle), "riveting and fascinating" (NPR), and "assured, virtuosic" (Wall Street Journal).
"Paul Moravec comes to the Institute with a great body of achievement, which has been widely recognized," commented Peter Goddard, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study. "He will build upon and develop our Artist-in-Residence program, which has established a strong reputation as a promoter of challenging and provocative music and music scholarship, while also utilizing this opportunity for growth in his own work."
"I am delighted and privileged to participate in the life of this incomparably prestigious institution," says Moravec. "In addition to directing the IAS concert series, I will be composing my first major opera as well as a new piece for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. And inasmuch as I was raised in Princeton during the late ‘sixties, I regard this residency as a kind of homecoming."
Moravec was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2004 for Tempest Fantasy, a thirty-minute "musical meditation" on Shakespeare's play scored for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. Tempest Fantasy was first performed by Adelphi University's ensemble-in-residence Trio Solisti and David Krakauer in 2003 at the Morgan Library in New York.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Moravec attended the Lawrenceville School and received his B.A. in music composition from Harvard University in 1980. After graduation, he won a Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. Upon obtaining both his master's (1982) and doctorate (1987) degrees in music composition from Columbia University, Moravec went on to teach at Columbia and later at Dartmouth and Hunter colleges. He is currently University Professor at Adelphi University.
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Moravec has earned numerous distinctions, including a Fellowship in Music Composition from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Italy, a Camargo Foundation Residency Fellowship in France, and two fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as many commissions.
Recent world premieres include Anniversary Dances with the Ying Quartet; Atmosfera a Villa Aurelia with the Lark Quartet; Mark Twain Sez with cellist Matt Haimovitz; Cornopean Airs with the American Brass Quintet; The Time Gallery with eighth blackbird at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Morph with the String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC); Cool Fire and Chamber Symphony for the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival; Capital Unknowns for the Albany Symphony; Everyone Sang for Troy Cook and the Marilyn Horne Foundation; Parables for the New York Festival of Song; Vita Brevis, a song cycle for tenor Paul Sperry; Useful Knowledge, a cantata commissioned by the American Philosophical Society for Ben Franklin's tercentenary; No Words commissioned by Concert Artists Guild for pianist James Lent and the Gay Gotham Chorus; and two works for the Elements String Quartet.
Moravec's discography includes The Time Gallery, performed by eighth blackbird and released by Naxos in February 2006; Songs of Love and War for Chorus and Orchestra on a CD featuring The Dessoff Choirs & Orchestra; Sonata for Violin and Piano performed by the Bachmann/Klibonoff Duo for BMG/RCA Red Seal; Spiritdance, an orchestral work on the Vienna Modern Masters label; an album of chamber compositions titled Circular Dreams on CRI; and Vita Brevis on Albany Records with the composer at the piano. In February 2007, the Bachmann/Klibonoff Duo released his Double Action, Evermore, and Ariel Fantasy on a CD Red Violin for Endeavour Classics. In March 2007, Naxos released a recording of Tempest Fantasy, performed by Trio Solisti and clarinetist David Krakauer. Moravec's music is published by Subito Music Publishing, www.subitomusic.com.
About the Artist-in-Residence Program
The Artist-in-Residence program was established at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1994 to create a musical presence within the Institute community and to have in residence a person whose work could be experienced and appreciated by scholars from all disciplines. Pianist Robert Taub was the first Artist-in-Residence from 1994 to 2001, followed by composer Jon Magnussen, who served as Artist-in-Residence from 2000 to 2007. Paul Moravec served as Artist-in-Residence from 2007 to 2008 and Artistic Consultant from 2008 to 2009. Derek Bermel, a composer, clarinetist, conductor and jazz and rock musician, served as Artist-in-Residence from 2009 to June 2013.
Composer Sebastian Currier became Artist-in-Residence in July 2013. His complex and imaginative works have been performed by such eminent artists and ensembles as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berlin Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet and the New York Philharmonic. A recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, Currier has received numerous honors including the Berlin Prize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
About the Institute for Advanced Study
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