The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents It's 10th Annual Reading Session of Young Composers' Work, Today
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues its commitment to nurture new work and young composers with its 10thAnnual Reading Session on Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m. in Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts.
This year's chosen composers - Jeffrey Campbell Binner of Gettysburg College, Kai-Young Chan of the University of Pennsylvania, Erberk Eryilmaz of Carnegie Mellon University, and Marina López of Duquesne University - bring a wide range of vision, experience and culture to the program.
The four pieces to be performed during the reading session are "Grief" by Binner, "Tepki 2" by Eryilmaz, "Vers le Jardin Japonais" by Chan and "SunStroke" by Lopez. All submissions were evaluated by adviser David Stock, professor emeritus at Duquesne University and one of the Pittsburgh Symphony's Composers of the Year.
The reading session provides the composers with invaluable critiques and feedback at a professional level. In addition to hearing their pieces performed by a world-class orchestra in front of an audience, they gain insights into orchestration, compositional techniques and providing parts for an ensemble. The reading session will be led by guest conductor Leonard Slatkin.
Since the 2004-2005 season, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has offered an annual reading of new works by young composers from area universities as part of its Composer of the Year program. In recent years, the annual reading program expanded its call for submissions from specific Pittsburgh-area universities to all residents of Pennsylvania.
A reception and panel discussion with Maestro Slatkin, Stock and the four composers will follow the reading session in the Regency Rooms of Heinz Hall. Admission to the annual reading session and the post-session reception are free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900.
Jeffrey Campbell Binner was born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1991. He is an emerging composer who began his musical endeavors at the age of nine. Binner studies composition with Avner Dorman at the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College. He has participated in reading sessions with the Da Capo Chamber Players, SHUFFLE Concert and the Amernet String Quartet. Binner is a saxophonist and pianist. Gettysburg College commissioned Binner for his Fanfare and Procession for Orange and Blue. His first film score was for the movie "LARPing," which was accepted into the SoCal Film Festival. He was recently the assistant to Avner Dorman on the score to "The Wonders," a film by award-winning director Avi Nesher. His inspiration is derived heavily from the perspective of an actor; creating music from an emotional level that paints a vivid story.
Kai-Young Chan is drawn to assimilating elements from various Asian musical traditions as well as classical Chinese folklores, language and literature into the his versatile output from concert works to film scores, from conventional western idioms to modern Chinese instrument ensembles. He has worked closely with professional performers across the continents including the Daedalus Quartet, the International Ensemble Modern Academy, Ensemble XXI, Chinese Music Virtuosi and Hong Kong New Ensemble. His chamber work, "Shimmers the Shivery Moon," was featured in the 2013 Chinese Composers Festival in Hong Kong, and his "le vent de la nuit" premiered in May 2013 by the Dolce Suono Ensemble as a winning piece of their composition competition. His "Tinkles in the Rain" received its European premiere in the ISCM World Music Days 2012 (Belgium). His accolades include champion in New Generation 2012, the David Gwilt Composition Prize, the Audience Choice Award of the Young Musicians Performance Platform and the CASH Music Scholarship, among other honors. He also won the Speech Choir Young Composer Award for his speech choral work "East-Rail says...", which is made a set piece in the 2012-2013 Speech Choir Showcase. Chan is a Benjamin Franklin Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studies composition with Jay Reise, James Primosch and Anna Weesner. He completed his Master of Music in composition as a student of Victor Chan at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts with first class honors.