Jay Anthony Gach
Jay Anthony Gach�s instrumental concert music has been critically acclaimed as "witty, virtuosic and accessible", "so exuberant[and]so characterful", "a natural crowd pleaser", "vibrant textures", "multi-layered, whirling and propulsive". Summarized by the composer Lukas Foss during his tenureship as conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, "his writing for orchestra is brilliant beyond words". Mr. Gach's compositions for the voice have been aptly characterized with the simple phrase, "such beautiful music"6. The composer Hugo Weisgal wrote of him, "a composer… of extraordinary technical command and intellectual grasp of what music is all about".
Mr. Gach's original concert music has been performed, recorded and broadcast internationally by ensembles including the Millenium Symphony Orch./Robert Ian Winstin, St. Paul Chamber Orch./Enrique Diemecke, Brooklyn Philharmonic/Lukas Foss, American Composers Orchestra/Paul Dunkel, National Italian Youth Orchestra/Vinko Globokar, City of London Sinfonia, Haydn Chamber Orchestra of London, the Britten Sinfonia Soloists, Vox Juventus Poland, the Gregg Smith Singers, and by solo artists including British pianist Ronan Magill, American clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, Canadian cellist Soo Bae and the soprano and tenor duo Grace Hart & Enzo Citarelli. He has received commissions and awards in over thirty national and international competitions including the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, Astral Foundation (Pew-Bandy) of New York and Philadelphia, Frederick P. Rose Prize, Valentino Bucchi Concorsi Internazionale, Third British Contemporary Piano Music Competition, Delta Omicron Composition Prize, Dr. J. Howland Auchincloss Society for New Music Composition Prize, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Tanglewood Music Center (Bruno Maderna Fellowship), National Endowment for the Arts, et al. Between 1981 and 1999 he resided and worked throughout Europe returning to New York in 2000. In the summer of 2005 his music was featured at the Dubrovnik Music Festival, the Edinburgh Arts Festival, the Crested Butte Music Festival, and the Adirondack Music Festival. Mr Gach has written and conducted many arrangements and original scores for the educational and commercial media, including: The Selfish Giant, a children�s musical; Nora at the Altar Rail, a one-act opera; Legends from Bodmin Moor, a film; British Rail�s �Mind the Doors�, an advertisement; and The Hurlers, an animation film. In 2006 he was honoured at an induction ceremony as a National Patron of the Delta Omicron Music Fraternity. His biography has appeared in Marquis �Who�s Who in America� since 2006 and Marquis �Who�s Who in the World since 2010.
EDUCATION: Ph.D State University of New York at Stony Brook 1982, FLCM Fellow London College of Music 1993
- INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS: Dartington, England International Summer School. American Academy in Rome, Italy Composition Fellowship. Research Assistantship University Tubingen, Germany. - USA FELLOWSHIPS: Wellesley, New Hampshire, Johnson College & Bennington College Composers Conferences. New York Foundation for the Arts. MacDowell Colony. Tanglewood Music Center (Bruno Maderna Composition Fellowship). - SIGNIFICANT COMMISSIONS, GRANTS, PRIZES Selected Commissions, Grants, Prizes: American Lyric Theatre's Edgar Allan Poe Opera Project Commissions (…Of the Flesh) USA 2010. American Chamber Ensemble (The Ingenue & the Matinee Idol) 2009. New York Treble Singers (ELI, ELI) 2008. Concert Artists Guild/ Long Island Composers Alliance (Toccare Cielo) USA 2008. American Lyric Theatre Composer Librettist Development Program (Nora at the Altar Rail) USA 2008. Music+Culture International Piano Music Competition (A "London" Sonata) USA, 2007. Children's Aid Society Chorus (My Letter to the World), USA 2005. Saxtet Publications Composition Competition, (Trains, Steam Whistles and….) UK 2004. Peter B. Allen Sacred Hymn Arrangement Competition USA 2004. XI International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music Prague, Czech Rep. 2003. Upbeat-Hvar International Summer School 2003, Croatia. Kathryn Thomas International Flute Composition Competition (Tre Ecloghe) 2000, UK. SPNM/Huddersfield Festival 1998, UK. Haydn Chamber Orchestra of London (Selfish Giant) 1997, UK. Oberlin College Chorale 1995 (Hashir Hashem Luchem), USA. Islington (London) International Festival 1995, UK. Third British Contemporary Piano Competition 1994, UK. American Composers Orchestra 1988, USA. Frederick P. Rose Orchestral Prize 1988 USA. St. Paul Chamber Orch. American Composers Competition 1985 USA. ASCAP Standard Awards 1988-2011, USA. - PUBLICATIONS Merion Music Inc. Theodore Presser Company, Carl Fischer, JAG-U-AR EZ Music, Classical Vocal Reprints of New York, Granta/Little Bookroom, PBA Music, Saxtet Publications.G7 Music. SibeliusMusic.com - CRITICAL COMMENTARY Critical Commentary: "Gach’s music dances with charisma. Finely tuned shifts of mood emerge through his keen sense of rhythm and rich harmonic vocabulary." …Of the Flesh, Parterre Box, 2010. "Gach's concerto [trio] La Vita Autumnale offers darkly dramatic Rachmaninovian ripples and intensity," Lucid Culture 2010. "…an excellent collaboration between the two performers in a tango written for Soo Bae with pianist, Keun-A Lee showing her tango playing skills, including the use of her forearms and elbow to be every bit as powerful and perfect…" Tango from Toccare Cielo, BillyWhiteWriting, 2009. "[the saxophone quartet] requires excellent ensemble and precise articulation. It is witty, virtuosic and accessible. Gach has cleverly used the quartet to convey the title in a very original way." Trains, Steam Whistles and Radiator Pipes, Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine, UK. 2006. “Every so often I hear a piece of music which makes me stop what I am doing and simply listen.” (From the Land of TV, MENSA Newsletter, 9/03). "Finding vivid inspiration in a Calliope’s refrain.” Calliope, New York Times 1/03. “..exuberant sonata…so characterful…could have been written especially for [this pianist].” A “London” Sonata, SPNM New Notes 11/94. “Lively duets…notated precisely and popular with performers.” Six Pieces for Two Violins, Strings Magazine 7/91. “…vibrant textural transformations.” Simple Figures, NY Times 4/89. “…a natural crowd pleaser.” CHANT, New York Newsday 5/88. “The music is multi-layered, whirling and propulsive…well-scored and vividly played.” Il Ponentino, Minneapolis Star 10/85. “I believe he will make a real contribution to the music of his generation.” (composer, John Lessard). “…above all a musician, a craftsman. And there are too few of those in this world. (composer, Billy Jim Layton). REFERENCES I believe he will make a real contribution to the music of his generation". (John Lessard) …[his] writing for orchestra is brilliant beyond words". (Lukas Foss) …above all a musician, a craftsman. And there are too few of those in this world". (Billy Jim Layton) …one of the most talented composers I have come to know in the past twenty years. "…extraordinary technical command and intellectual grasp of what music is all about". (Hugo Weisgall)
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