No matter how traditional or experimental the medium, Tonia Ko’s music reveals a core that is whimsical, questioning, and lyrical. She has collaborated with leading soloists and ensembles across a variety of media—from acoustic concert pieces to improvisations and sound installations. Recipient of numerous accolades including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Koussevitzky Commission, Ko’s music has been lauded by The New York Times for its “captivating” details and “vivid orchestral palette.” Born in Hong Kong and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, She earned a DMA from Cornell University. Ko previously served as Composer-in-Residence of Young Concert Artists and Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Chicago’s Center for Contemporary Composition. She was appointed Lecturer in Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2020.
Gabriel José Bolaños Chamorro (b. 1984 Bogotá, Colombia) is a Nicaraguan-American composer of solo, chamber, orchestral and electroacoustic music. He frequently collaborates closely with performers, and enjoys writing music that explores unusual structures and timbres. He is interested in computer-assisted-composition, auditory perception, linguistics, graphic notation and modular synthesizers. Bolaños is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Arizona State University, where he teaches courses in composition, analysis, music technology and acoustics, and serves as co-director of the PRISMS contemporary music festival. He received a BA in music from Columbia University and a PhD in Composition and Theory from UC Davis. Bolaños has received numerous awards and grants for his work, including a Fulbright US Scholar Grant, a research and development grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and a commission from CIRM and Festival Manca in Nice, France.
Aaron Copland is an American composer whose life (1900-1990) spans almost the complete 20th century, and is often considered among the best-known 20th century composers of Western Classical Music. In his youth, Copland went to France to study with famed pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, receiving instruction in harmony, counterpoint, and orchestration, and getting to know composers like Igor Stravinsky and Francis Poulenc. Copland garnered acclaim upon his return to the US during the Great Depression in the 1930’s, among a group of artists at the time who explored folk traditions and a more vernacular style—a relatively unusual practice within classical music institutions of the time. He saw particular success with three ballet collaborations with trailblazing dancer/choreographer Martha Graham: Billy the Kid, Rodeo, and Appalachian Spring—the latter of which is based on the Shaker Tune Simple Gifts. Copland rose to even greater prominence within the orchestral world thanks to these successes, as well as advocacy from two of the most famed conductors of the day: Leonard Bernstein and Serge Koussevitzky. (–Zach Sheets)
Composer/pianist Anthony Cheung writes music that explores the senses, a wide palette of instrumental play and affect, improvisational traditions, reimagined musical artifacts, and multiple layers of textual meaning. His music has been commissioned and performed by leading groups such as Ensemble Modern, Ensemble InterContemporain, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Scharoun Ensemble, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and many others. Honors include a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2012 Rome Prize. He studied at Harvard and Columbia and has taught at the University of Chicago and Brown University, where he is currently Associate Professor of Music. He is currently at work on a large-scale song cycle, “the echoing of tenses,” featuring texts by seven Asian-American poets, which will premiere at the Ojai Festival this summer.
Valerie Coleman is regarded by many as an iconic artist who continues to pave her own unique path as a composer, GRAMMY®-nominated flutist, and entrepreneur. Coleman commenced her 2021/22 season with the world premiere of her latest work, Fanfare for Uncommon Times, at the Caramoor Festival with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. In October 2021, Carnegie Hall presented her work Seven O'Clock Shout, commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Coleman has been named to the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater New Works dual commissioning program in 2021/22. Recent performances and commissions of her works include by the Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Library of Congress, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Philharmonic, and the Boston, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, as well as significant chamber ensembles and collegiate bands across the country. Former flutist of the Imani Winds, Coleman is the creator and founder of this acclaimed ensemble whose 24-year legacy is documented and featured in a dedicated exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. (excerpt from https://www.vcolemanmusic.com/)