You’ll find yourself at the very center of contemporary music-making with a special free concert featuring new works by three young composers—Yi-Yiing Chen, Michael Gilbertson and Jules Pegram—conducted in rotation by six emerging conductors, the culmination of the prestigious Conductors/Composers Workshop. The concert is a chance to hear new voices now shaping the future of orchestral music, and a fascinating look at variations offered by a conductor’s interpretation. Don’t miss the excitement when the creative sparks fly!
2017 In the Works Composers
Born in Taiwan, Yi Yiing Chen’s music has been described as “very different, showing the composer’s versatility and breadth of range and influence” and “an exciting amalgam of eastern and western styles” Her works have been performed at different festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Asian Composers League Festival and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. Received awards include the Tanglewood Music Center’s Elliott Carter Memorial Composer Fellowship, the LungShan Temple Scholarship, the NEC Symphony Composition Competition and the NTNU Presidential Scholarship. Most recently, she was awarded the 2nd Prize in the 2016 NACUSA Young Composers Competition and was elected to be the Composer Fellow of Collage New Music for 2016-2017.
Besides writing music, Chen is also an active pianist. She presented a solo piano recital in Taiwan and currently is an affiliated artist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She had previously served as a concert pianist of the NEC Concert Choir and performed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the New England Chinese Professionals Lunar New Year Gala. Yi Yiing also plays flute, Chinese bamboo flute and Dulcimer.
Chen is currently a doctoral student at the New England Conservatory studying with Prof. John Heiss and Prof. Michael Gandolfi funded by NEC’s Francis Judd Cooke Scholarship. She teaches at NEC, MIT, Yamaha Music School of Boston and Children’s Music Center of J.P.. She previously received her M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and B.A. from the National Taiwan Normal University, where her mentors included Nils Vigeland, Richard Danielpour, Reiko Füting, Mao-Shuan Chen and Gordon Chin.
The works of Michael Gilbertson have been described as “elegant” by The New York Times, “vivid, tightly woven” by the Baltimore Sun, and “genuinely moving” by the Washington Post. Gilbertson holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale. His works have been programmed by orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Albany Symphony, and Grand Rapids Symphony. In March, 2016, he was MusicalAmerica Magazine’s featured New Artist of the Month. Gilbertson’s music has earned five Morton Gould Awards from ASCAP, an Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts, and a BMI Student Composer Award. Gilbertson’s music can be heard in the documentary Rehearsing a Dream, which was nominated for an Academy Award. His published music includes choral works with Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer, and orchestral works with Theodore Presser. Gilbertson’s opera Breaking was premiered by the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in 2013. Gilbertson serves as artistic director of ChamberFest Dubuque, an annual music festival in his hometown of Dubuque, Iowa for concerts and educational outreach. In fall 2017, he will begin a three-year tenure as Composer in Residence with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and will join the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Composer Jules Pegram writes music full of shimmering color, boundless energy, and an unbridled lyricism that makes it refreshingly direct. Pegram has received the 2017 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for Crush for Eight Cellos. In 2016, he was selected to participate in the inaugural Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive and the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles, receiving The ASCAP Foundation’s Harold Arlen Film & TV Award. His Shadows of the Studio was chosen for the American Composers Orchestra’s 2015 Underwood New Music Readings and in 2013 his Neon Nights was named the winning composition in the Marilyn Glick and Symphony in C Young Composers Competitions, with subsequent performances by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C.
Pegram received the Master of Music in Composition and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan, where he has studied with Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, Paul Schoenfeld, and Bright Sheng. He received the Bachelor of Music in Composition summa cum laude from the University of Southern California, studying with Bruce Broughton, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Morten Lauridsen, Erica Muhl, and Frank Ticheli.
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