Naftali Schindler is
a graduate of the Yale School of Music. Prior to that, he studied
composition and theory at Boston University. His music has been performed across North America, Europe, and Israel. He has been commissioned by Alea III, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Apple Orange Pair, and others. His music often incorporates elements of musical traditions from across the globe, and he performs in gamelan ensembles.
Thea Musgrave (pictured) is recognized as one the most 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. She has composed eight operas, including Mary, Queen of Scots and A Christmas Carol. Each has been performed by various American opera companies, and in London and Germany. She is the recipient of both a Koussevitzky Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Jia Daqun 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 about composition and musical analysis. Among his achievements, his piece "Flavour of Bashu for two violins, piano, and percussion" was named Chinese Classical Music 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.