Curtis Institute appoints four composers to its faculty

The Curtis Institute has appointed four composers to its faculty.

Composers include Nick DiBerardino, Amy Beth Kirsten, Jonathan Bailey Holland and Steven Mackey. They will begin their respective terms in the 2022-23 school year.

The quartet will all work with Curtis students and current faculty member Richard Danielpour to develop composition through classes, seminars and coaching.

“I am very proud that Jonathan, Amy Beth and Steve, all fantastic composers and educators, are joining us at Curtis,” said DiBerardino, who was named Director of Composition Students and the 2020-21 Curtis Ensemble. in an official press release. . “It is an honor to call them and Dr. Danielpour, my colleagues. Our composition students will greatly benefit from the diversity of musical perspectives they offer, and their vast experience of working with the world’s greatest ensembles will be invaluable not only to our composers, but also to our performance students and our fellows in direction.

DiBerardino is also a Rhodes Scholar whose music has been performed with organizations including Symphony Tacoma, Sandbox Percussion, New College Choir, arx duo, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, and saxophonist Matthew Levy. Residencies include those for the Intimacy of Creativity festival at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Hidden Valley. He also founded the first laptop orchestra in England.

Bailey Holland’s work has been performed with organizations such as New World Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Eighth Blackbird, Awadagin Pratt, Roomful of Teeth, Odyssey Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Network for New Music, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Emmanuel Music and Plymouth. Musical series, among others.

Kirsten’s work is known for her multimedia theatrical collaborations where she has presented herself as a composer, poet, filmmaker, singer and director.

Finally, Mackey wrote a plethora of music for guitar as well as the short chamber opera “Moon Tea”.

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