Richard Dubugnon (pictured) was born in Switzerland in 1968. He is
one of the most highly sought Swiss-French composers of his generation. The New York Times has described his music as being
"driven by a playful, modern sensitivity." His music is notable for
being immediately communicative with colorful orchestration. He has a catalog
of over 80 works that have been performed on five continents by some of the
prestigious performing artists.
Thea Musgrave is recognized as one of the respected and exciting living composers due to her powerful musical language and strong sense of drama. A native of Scotland, her music was opened to wider audiences through BBC broadcasts. Musgrave has composed eight operas, including Mary, Queen of Scots and A Christmas Carol, and each has been produced by various American opera companies, and in London and Germany. She is the recipient of both a Koussevitzky Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Jia Daquin is a Chinese-born composer and music theorist, and is currently Senior Professor of Composition and Theory at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In addition to his many compositions in a variety of musical styles, he is the author of articles and books concerning composition and musical analysis. Among his achievements, his piece Flavour of Bashu for two violins, piano, and percussion was named Chinese Classic Musical Composition of the Twentieth Century by the Chinese government.Russ Salk will bring his collection of recordings by contemporary composers for your listening pleasure. Enjoy musical excerpts and learn a bit about selected contemporary composers. Registration is appreciated.