The Kurt Rohde Emerging Composer Fund
The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble is grateful for the support of the Kurt Rohde Emerging Composer Fund in bringing new voices to the chamber music repertoire with the creation and performance of new works. This valuable resource for composers from all backgrounds allows young artists the opportunity to expand their output and work closely with a professional performing ensemble.
We are pleased to support the following
upcoming new work: 2018-2019 season
Addie Camsuzou is a composer and violinist from the central coast of California. She graduated magna cum laude from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory/Composition; while there, she studied music composition with Dr. Stephen Blumberg, and violin with Ian Swensen and Anna Presler. While studying at Sacramento State University, Camsuzou received several awards and honors. In 2014, she was awarded Honorable Mention in the FeNAM Student Composers Competition and received the Camerata Capistrano Scholarship. In 2015, she was awarded Best Arrangement in the CSUS School of Music Scoring and Arranging Competition and Best Composition in the FeNAM Student Composer Competition. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in music composition at University of California, Davis.
Upcoming new work: 2018-2019 season
Jonathan Favero is a doctoral candidate in Music Composition and Theory at the University of California, Davis, and a former Mellon Public Scholars Fellow. His research interests include music in U.S. social movements, morality in music, and arts education in the U.S. criminal and juvenile justice systems. While many of Jonathan’s compositions have an ontological impetus—such as his second String Quartet, which contemplates violence as a seemingly inherent trait of human nature—recent works have celebrated the spirit of democracy, egalitarianism, and the power of collaboration, as well as challenge audiences to consider our society’s relationship to those principles.
"i-IV" 2017-2018 season: listen here
Chris Castro is a composer from Brooklyn, NY. He has a Bachelor’s in Music from the Juilliard School in both double bass and composition. He is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at the University of California, Davis. His recent composition projects include a work for the St. Louis Symphony, a piano duet for the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and a love song to drunkenness, Brooklyn Narcissus, a song cycle for soprano and mixed ensemble.
"Reverent murmurs" 2017-2018 season: listen here
Phil Acimovic is a composer and performer living in Davis, CA. He has participated in the New Music on the Point, SICPP, and June in Buffalo summer festivals for new music. His chamber orchestra piece Quiet Streams was premiered by the St Louis Symphony as part of the Revision/s new music festival at UC Davis. In addition to composing he constructs sound installations, the most recent one called Speaking of Sound, an installation of meaningful sound memories from people’s lives. Phil is a devoted student of Javanese gamelan, having lived in Central Java for over two years. He studied closely with Bp. Wakidi Dwidjomartono and Bp. Darsono Hadiraharjo, along with several other prominent Javanese musicians. He currently studies composition at UC Davis.
"Vestiges" 2017-2018 season: listen here
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Aida Shirazi is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. Shirazi’s music is described as “well-made” and “affecting” by The New Yorker. Her works for solo instruments, voice, ensemble, orchestra and electronics is often influenced by literature, language, and Iranian classical music. Shirazi is the winner of Diaphonia and XelmYa+, ACIMC and Bilgi New Music Festival calls for scores. Her music has been featured in MATA, Klasik Keyifler, Sesin Yolculugu, Young Composers, Young Performers festivals in the United States and Europe, and performed by Andrew McIntosh, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ryan McCullough, Alexa Renger, Ellen Jewett, Empyrean Ensemble, FOM (The Friends of MATA) and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Shirazi is a Ph.D. student of composition at the University of California, Davis and works with Pablo Ortiz. She has studied with composers Mika Pelo, Kurt Rohde, Yigit Aydin, Onur Turkmen, Tolga Yayalar, Hooshyar Khayam and Mark Andre. She holds her B.A. in classical piano from Tehran University of Art (Iran), and her B.M. in music composition and theory from Bilkent University (Turkey). Shirazi studied santoor (traditional Iranian dulcimer) with Parissa Khosravi Samani.
"writing the letter" 2017-2018 Season: listen here
Julie Herndon is a California-based composer and performer who describes melody and memory using graphics, text, electronics, and improvisation. By modifying, stretching, and transforming song, she creates space for performers and listeners to insert personal identity and content into ever-changing musical structures. Her compositions and installations have been featured in the U.S. and abroad at venues including Artistry Space in Singapore, soundSCAPE in Italy, Hot Air Festival in San Francisco, Megapolis Audio Art Festival in Oakland, and Zen Mountain Cloud Center in New Mexico. Julie is currently composer in residence for Voci women's vocal ensemble and is a doctoral fellow at Stanford University.
"the lives and opinions of literary cats" 2016-2017 Season: listen here
Jennifer Jolley is a composer and sound artist influenced by urban environments and nostalgia. She is the co-founder of North American New Opera Workshop (NANOWorks Opera), a chamber opera company devoted to developing and staging short contemporary operas by emerging North American composers, and also authors Why Composer When You Can Blog? A web log about contemporary composing. She has been commissioned by ensembles and institutions across the United States, including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, University of Texas at Austin, Bowling Green State University, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, The Canales Project, among others. Originally from Los Angeles, Jolley is an Assistant Professor of Music at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned her D.M.A. and M.M. at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and her B.M. at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She teaches various music composition courses including computer music programming and sound art.