National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award- winner William Bolcom (born 1938) is an American composer of chamber, operatic, vocal, choral, cabaret, ragtime, and symphonic music.
He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan’s School of Music in 1973, was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition in 1994, and retired in 2008 after 35 years. Bolcom won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1988 for 12 New Etudes for Piano , and his setting of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience on the Naxos label won four Grammy Awards in 2005. He has written four violin sonatas; nine symphonies; four operas, plus several musical theater operas; eleven string quartets; two film scores; incidental music for stage plays; fanfares and occasional pieces; and an extensive catalogue of chamber, choral, and vocal works.
As a pianist, Bolcom has performed and recorded his own work frequently in collaboration with his wife and musical partner, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris. Cabaret songs, show tunes, and American popular songs of the 20th century have been their primary specialties in both concerts and recordings.
Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/ Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Gabriela Lena Frank explores her multicultural heritage through her compositions.
Gabriela’s work has been described as “crafted with unself- conscious mastery” (Washington Post), and “brilliantly effective” (New York Times). Gabriela is regularly commissioned by luminaries such as cellist Yo Yo Ma, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and the King’s Singers as well as many of the country’s top orchestras. In 2017, Gabriela is collaborating with Pulitzer playwright Nilo Cruz for an opera for Fort Worth Opera about famed painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. 2017 also sees the founding of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy for Music, a non-profit school for emerging composers from around the world who study with Gabriela and various of her renowned performer colleagues.
Gabriela received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rice University, and her Doctorate from the University of Michigan. She resides with her husband Jeremy on their farmstead in the Anderson Valley of northern California and is published/managed exclusively by G. Schirmer.
Onix Ensamble is an extraordinarily talented group of Mexican musicians dedicated to bringing to audiences the finest performances of contemporary music from Mexico and Latin America. Based in Mexico City, Mexico, all members of Onix are internationally acclaimed musicians and soloists in their own right. Onix is recognized for their virtuosity and innovative musical interpretations.
Dedicated to the principles of high quality musical craftsmanship, artistic originality, and cultural diversity, Onix was founded in 1996 by Mexican musician and new music advocate, Alejandro Escuer. Onix delivers a unique panorama of exclusive works which are often influenced by literature, theatre, visual arts, and new technologies, with an emphasis on original interpretations of works by Latin American composers.
Onix’s repertoire spans a wide musical spectrum, ranging from the most recent trends in new music to classics of the 20th century.
Onix has collaborated on projects both nationally and internationally that have resulted in recordings, world premieres, residencies, and projects. They have released five CD recordings and premiered many new works by composers written exclusively for Onix. They have toured extensively in Mexico, the United States, South America and Asia.