New Juilliard Ensemble Presents Four World Premiere Works and a Western Hemisphere Premiere on Thursday, April 29 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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New Juilliard Ensemble by Michael DiVito
New Juilliard Ensemble by Michael DiVito



Juilliard presents four world premiere works, written for the New Juilliard Ensemble, by composers Paul Chihara, David Fulmer, Chris Kapica, and Jakhongir Shukurov, and the Western Hemisphere premiere of a work by Martin Matalon, when founding director and conductor Joel Sachs leads the New Juilliard Ensemble, now in its 17th season, in its final FREE concert of the 2009-2010 season, Thursday, April 29 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater (155 West 65th Street).


The program features Jakhongir Shukurov's In Distance (2010, world premiere); Juilliard alumnus Martin Matalon's Trame IV (2002, Western Hemisphere premiere) with pianist Elena Kilonsky (Juilliard alumna); Paul Seiko Chihara's Chamber Symphony (2009, world premiere); Juilliard doctoral student David Fulmer's Violin Concerto (2010, world premiere) featuring the composer as soloist; and Juilliard instructor and alumnus Chris Kapica's Juice Box Hero (2010, world premiere) with soloists, soprano Lilla Heinrich, tenor Drew Seigla, and baritones John Brancy and Tobias Greenhalgh. Mr. Fulmer and Mr. Kapica were commissioned to compose for this concert as part of the NJE's annual competitive audition open to all composition students at Juilliard.


FREE tickets are available beginning April 16 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (located at 155 West 65th Street). For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.


Jakhongir Shukorov has titled his work, In Distance, to suggest the different possibilities of perceiving an object according to the distance from which we observe it. In his program note, he writes: "It is more or less close to the idea of the Japanese stone garden in which a permanent combination of ingredients creates different impressions, depending on the angle of view." Mr. Shukurov, born in 1981 in the ancient city of Bukhara in Uzbekistan, studied composition with Felix Yanov-Yanovsky. His music has been performed at international festivals in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Finland, the United States, and Uzbekistan. An active conductor, he gave the first performances in Tashkent, Uzbekistan's capital, of Gyorgy Ligeti's Kammerkonzert, Sofia Gubaidulina's Concordanza and Detto II, and Paul Hindemith's Kammermusik No. 1. Since 1994, Mr. Shukurov has been a teacher in the department of music theory and composition at Niyazi Music College in Tashkent, where he also resides.


Martin Matalon's Trame IV was inspired by a poem of the same name by Jorge Luis Borges, which Mr. Matalon says "unveils for us the synchrony that exists among all elements constituting ‘universal history'. Less ambitious and more circumscribed, my Trame evokes simply the ‘weaving' proper to each composition, its ‘Ariadne's thread,' hidden or evident." The work is in five continuous movements.


Born in Buenos Aires in 1958, Mr. Matalon received his bachelor of music degree in composition from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1984 and two years later, his master of music degree from Juilliard. In 1989, he founded Music Mobile, a New York-based ensemble devoted to the contemporary repertoire. In 2007, he received the Grand Prix des Lycéens, and in 2005, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and le prix de L'Institut de France Académie des Beaux Arts. He also received the award from the city of Barcelona in 2001, the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986, and a Fulbright scholarship to France in 1988. In 1993, he settled in Paris and collaborated for the first time with IRCAM, the new music center, and the following year was commissioned by them to create a new score for the restored version of Fritz Lang's silent film, Metropolis. He also has composed scores for the films by Spanish director Luis Buñuel. Mr. Matalon has been composer-in-residence at the electronic studios of La Muse en Circuit in Alfortville, France. His catalogue includes a large number of chamber and orchestral works.


Paul Seiko Chihara was inspired by John Adams' Son of Chamber Symphony when composing his work. The Chamber Symphony is a mix of classical music and 40's pop songs (in the style of Bésame Mucho). There is a Japanese children's song in the second and third movements (Red Dragon Fly) which he says "marries quite naturally with all the other disparate musical ideas." Mr. Chihara received his doctorate degree (DMA) from Cornell University in 1965 as a student of Robert Palmer. He also studied with the renowned pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in Paris, Ernst Pepping in Berlin, and with Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood. Mr. Chihara was composer-in-residence at the Marlboro Music Festival in 1971 and the first composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Neville Mariner, conductor). More recently, he has served as the composer-in-residence with the Mancini Institute in Los Angeles. His prize-winning concert works have been performed in most major cities and arts centers in the U.S. and in Europe. Mr. Chihara is now chair of the new Visual Media (film music) program at UCLA.


David Fulmer's Violin Concerto, in which he will perform as soloist with the New Juilliard Ensemble, comprises ten movements that are connected throughout the work and played without interruption. Mr. Fulmer says his work is in many ways a concerto for all of the instruments within this ensemble, writing: "I make use of a full 24-tone collection, so that the octave, usually divided by twelve (semitones), is now split into 24 distinct parts (quartertones). The contour of the piece is largely formed by the registral differentiations of low and high choirs; new sections will often begin in a different range than the previous ones. My aim was to create a lively, charged and ever-changing musical texture that utilizes the violin solo as a harmonic thread throughout the work."


An extraordinary violinist as well as composer, Mr. Fulmer, a native of Boston, was named a winner of the 56th annual BMI Student Composer Awards and was recently presented with the prestigious Charles Ives Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his original compositions. Next month, iO Quartet presents a showcase concert of his compositions. Other upcoming commissions include an orchestral work for the Mimesis Ensemble (2010), a song cycle for the Monadnock Music Festival (July 2010), and a work for violin and piano for violinist Stefan Jackiw. Mr. Fulmer is a violist with the Zukofsky Quartet. He appears frequently and records often with several premiere new music ensembles. Mr. Fulmer is currently is studying at Juilliard as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow; he holds a master of music from Juilliard where he studied composition with Milton Babbitt and violin with Robert Mann. His undergraduate degree is from the New England Conservatory. Mr. Fulmer was just appointed to serve on the faculty of Columbia University, where he teaches violin performance and chamber music.               


On composing his work, Juice Box Hero, Chris Kapica says "I'm twenty-three going on five...What better way to show that side of me than through a fifteen-minute mini-musical about kindergartners putting on their school play? Seeing as this is my first attempt at an orchestra piece, I thought it was too lofty a task to make a gravely serious, Beethovenian gesture; thus, Juice Box Hero was born." Mr. Kapica is an accomplished electric bassist, guitarist, bass clarinetist, and vocalist. He strives to straddle the line between the classical and popular music worlds and draws influences from concerted, rock, funk, R&B, jazz, reggae, flamenco, zydeco, and world music, forming an amalgam all his own.

Mr. Kapica received his master of music degree in May 2009 from Juilliard, where he currently teaches Ear Training in both its College and Pre-College divisions. He studied composition with Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner, Christopher Rouse. His most recent project is a short work for mixed chamber ensemble, commissioned by the Highpoint Composition Seminar for its inaugural performance by the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, taking place in May 2010 in Woodstock, New York.


The New Juilliard Ensemble (NJE), led by founding director Joel Sachs, celebrates the liveliness of today's music, focusing primarily on repertory of the last decade. Now in its 17th season, NJE presents music by a variety of international composers writing in the most diverse styles. Its members are current students at Juilliard, who are admitted to the ensemble by audition. Student interest in the ensemble's work is considerable, with more than 100 students participating each year, although the maximum size of compositions is normally 15-20 players. The Ensemble appears regularly at MoMA's Summergarden and has been a featured ensemble four times at the Lincoln Center Festival. New Juilliard Ensemble members joined members of the Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble with conductor Pierre Boulez for the 2008 FOCUS! festival, which celebrated composer Elliott Carter's 100th year. In January 2009, the New Juilliard Ensemble opened the FOCUS! festival, CALIFORNIA: A Century of New Music, which showcased West Coast composers. In Spring 2009, the New Juilliard Ensemble toured Japan; in December 2009, they perform aleatoric music at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with an exhibition of Persian and Turkish "divining" manuscripts. In January 2010, the New Juilliard Ensemble appeared in the FOCUS! festival, Music at the Center: Composing an American Mainstream.


NJE founder and director Joel Sachs performs a vast range of traditional and contemporary music as conductor and pianist and is co‑director of the internationally acclaimed new-music ensemble Continuum. Dr. Sachs has appeared in hundreds of performances in New York, nationally, and internationally. He has held new-music residencies in Berlin at the Hochschule der Künste, in London at Trinity College of Music, in Salzburg at the Hochschule Mozarteum, and at the annual Oficina de Musica in Curitiba (Brazil). During the last few years, he conducted the distinguished Icelandic contemporary music ensemble Caput in a program of music from Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the United States, and Iceland, and a concert of music by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, and also recorded a CD of works by the Icelandic composer Askell Masson. In March 2009 Dr. Sachs was in residence at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. June 2008 marked his sixth visit to Mongolia. His recordings appear on the Advance, CRI, Naxos, New Albion, Nonesuch, and TNC labels. A CD of music of the Americas with La Camerata de las Americas (Mexico City) was released by Dorian.


Elena Klionsky, who will be performing in Martin Matalon's work, Trame IV, began playing piano at the age of five in her native St. Petersburg, Russia and gave her first public performance at age six. Upon her family's relocation to the United States in 1974, she continued her studies at Juilliard, where she began in the Pre-College Division and subsequently earned her bachelor and master of music degrees and received Juilliard's Petschek scholarship. Her teachers have included Nadia Reisenberg, Adele Marcus, William Masselos, and Jacob Lateiner. She studied chamber music with Dorothy DeLay, Harvey Shapiro, and Tossy Spivakovsky. Ms. Klionsky made her professional debut performing before 15,000 people on the same bill as Itzhak Perlman with the Chattanooga Symphony under the baton of Vakhtang Jordania. Her solo recitals, orchestral appearances, master classes, and TV and radio performances have taken her across the United States to Canada and Mexico, and from Europe to Southeast Asia. She has performed duo-piano concerts with Virginia Wei-Tsen Shiao, recorded for Solaris Classics, and recorded American and Belgian contemporary repertoire for Belgian radio. She resides in New York City.


Baritone John Brancy is a third-year undergraduate at Juilliard. He has performed twice at Carnegie Hall and has given numerous recitals in the United States and throughout Europe. This season marks his first appearance with the New York Festival of Song.


Tobias Greenhalgh is a third-year undergraduate at Juilliard, studying with David Clatworthy. This past summer, he performed the roles of Mr. Brooke in Mark Adamo's Little Women and Marcello in Giacomo Puccini's La bohème in a series of opera scenes at the Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute in South Dakota. He hails from Rochester, New York.


Soprano Lilla Heinrich, from Princeton, New Jersey, is a 3rd-year undergraduate at Juilliard, studying with Cynthia Hoffman. She has traveled from Salzburg, Austria to Nice, France and is excited about her recent acceptance to the prestigious International Vocal Arts Institute for 2010 this summer, directed by Met Opera assistant conductor, Joan Dornemann.


Drew Seigla, from Richmond, Virginia, is a 3rd-year undergraduate at Juilliard, studying with David Clatworthy. He has performed leading and ensemble roles in regional, Equity theaters, and also in Greensboro Opera's Madama Butterfly. He made his operatic debut at age seventeen, as a chorus member of Operafest di Roma's Le nozze di Figaro, performed in Rome. Italy.



Thursday, April 29, 2010, 8 PM

Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 West 65th Street

New Juilliard Ensemble

Joel Sachs, Founding Director and Conductor

Elena Klionsky, Piano

David Fulmer, Violin

Lilla Heinrich, Soprano

Drew Seigla, Tenor

John Brancy and Tobias Greenhalgh, Baritones

Jakhongir Shukurov - In Distance (2010, world premiere)

Martin Matalon - Trame IV (2002, Western Hemisphere premiere)

Paul Seiko Chihara - Chamber Symphony (2009, world premiere)


David Fulmer - Violin Concerto (2010, world premiere)

Chris Kapica - Juice Box Hero (2010, world premiere)

FREE tickets are available beginning April 16 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer
Box Office at Juilliard (located at 155 West 65th Street). For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.