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Stefan Weisman

BIO:

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Composer Stefan Weisman’s music has range, earning ardent praise from opera critics as “personal, moody and skillfully wrought” (New York Times) and “a touching tour de force” (New York Magazine) as well as delighting the host of The Wendy Williams Show who called “Twinkie,” his satirical art song, “Fabulous!”

Weisman’s compositions include chamber, orchestral, theater, dance and choral pieces, and he specializes in vocal works that explore edgy and compelling topics. His opera Darkling, commissioned by American Opera Projects, was included in the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, premiered to great acclaim in New York, and toured Europe. It was released by Albany Records. His one-act opera Fade, commissioned by the British opera company Second Movement, premiered in London and had successful performances in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Brooklyn. The Scarlet Ibis debuted in New York’s acclaimed Prototype festival, co-produced by HERE and Beth Morrison Projects. The New York Times praised The Scarlet Ibis as an “outstanding new chamber musical” and The Wall Street Journal called it “subtly subversive, and its production groundbreaking.”

His work has been performed by Bang on a Can, Anthony Roth Costanzo, the Miró String Quartet, and So Percussion. Inside Jersey Magazine selected him as one of twenty-one artists from New Jersey who are “breaking big.” He is a graduate of Bard College, Yale University (MA), and Princeton University (Ph.D). Weisman teaches at the Bard High School Early College. He has also taught at Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, the City College of New York, CUNY, and the Princeton University Department of Music. His music is available on New Amsterdam Records and Albany Records.



And here is a long bio:

Composer Stefan Weisman’s music has range, earning ardent praise from opera critics as “personal, moody and skillfully wrought” (New York Times) and “a touching tour de force” (New York Magazine) as well as delighting the host of The Wendy Williams Show who called “Twinkie,” his satirical art song, “Fabulous!”

Inside Jersey Magazine selected him as one of twenty-one artists from New Jersey who are "breaking big." Among his commissions are works for Bang on a Can's People’s Commissioning Program, Sequitur, the Minimum Security Composers Collective, the Empire City Men's Choir with the Cosmopolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Battell Chapel Choir, and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium, which commissioned a piece in honor of George Crumb on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Other groups who have performed his work include the Miró String Quartet, So Percussion, the FLUX Quartet, Odd Appetite, the Locrian Chamber Players, the New Millennium Ensemble, the Third Angle Ensemble, the Yesaroun' Duo, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Luna Nova, pianist Lisa Moore, flautist Patti Monson, mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, male soprano Anthony Roth Costanzo, Newspeak, the NOW Ensemble, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra conducted by Luis Garcia-Renart, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic conducted by Leon Botstein, and the New Jersey Symphony with conductor Paul Lustig Dunkel. His orchestral work The Bird Happens was selected to be included in the American Composers Orchestra's 2005 Underwood New Music Readings, and was conducted by Steven Sloane.

His compositions include chamber, orchestral, theater, dance and choral pieces, and he has specialized in vocal works that explore edgy and compelling topics. His chamber opera Darkling, based on a book-length poem by Anna Rabinowitz, was commissioned by the American Opera Projects. It was included in the Guggenheim Museum's "Works & Process" series, and premiered to great acclaim at the East 13th Street Theater. The piece was presented in the Lower East Side Performing Arts' Op on Screen Festival, and at the German Consulate as part of the Friends of Freie Universität's Jewish Documentary Film, Theater and Speaker Series. A touring version of Darkling previewed at New York City Opera's VOX "On the Edge" Showcase and was then presented in Germany and Poland in 2007. It was released by Albany Records in November 2011. His one-act opera Fade, written with librettist David Cote, was commissioned by the British opera company Second Movement and premiered in London in 2008. It also had successful productions in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Brooklyn. His evening length opera, The Scarlet Ibis, was premiered in the 2015 PROTOTYPE opera festival, produced by HERE and Beth Morrison Projects. The Wall Street Journal said it was "subtly subversive, and it's production groundbreaking."

His music has also been heard at Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, the June in Buffalo festival, the Flea Theater, and a Bang on a Can Marathon Concert. He has participated in theater, dance and video collaborations at venues including the Knitting Factory, HERE, the Most Significant Bytes Multimedia Festival, and Barbès. His fellowships and residencies include New Dramatists, the MacDowell Colony, the Edward Albee Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.  

He is a recipient of awards from the MAP Fund Grant, Meet the Composer, SCI, ASCAP, and the American Music Center. His choral work Light, light, light, light, light was the first-prize winner in the Roger Wagner Center’s Choral Composition Competition. His piece From Frankenstein won the Chicago Ensemble’s 2005 Discover America Competition. Restless Legs for the Bang on a Can All Stars was mentioned in the New York Times’ retrospective of 2007’s best new music. His work SuperSoft won the soundON Festival of Modern Music's 2009 International competition. 

He is a graduate of Bard College (Clair Leonard Scholar, Betsy Richards Memorial Scholar, BA `92) and Yale University (Bradley-Keeler Memorial Scholar, MM `97), and Princeton University (Naumberg Fellowship, MFA `03, PhD `11). His composition instructors have included David Lang, Joan Tower, Daron Hagen, Martin Bresnick, Jacob Druckman, Steven Mackey, Barbara White and Paul Lansky.

Presently, he is on the faculty of Bard College's High School Early College in Queens, New York. He has also taught at Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, the City College of New York, CUNY, and been a Lecturer in Music at Princeton University. He has also been the coordinator of both the Princeton University Composers’ Ensemble, and the Princeton University Composers’ Colloquia. Additionally, he produced the compact discs included in the 2006 ASCAP Deems Taylor award-winning book "Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington" (Yale University Press) by Vivian Perlis and Libby Van Cleve. His music is available on New Amsterdam Records and Albany Records.


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