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Houston Young Artists' Concert 25周年庆典重逢音乐会——钢琴三重奏即将登场(7图)[5/27/2012]

作者:世界名人网记者遴璘 HYAC供图          录入于 May 24, 2012 at 06:47:46:

世界名人网讯 休斯顿方圆75英里内的好中之好的年轻音乐家们翘首期待的休斯顿青少年艺术家音乐会(HYAC)正在庆祝它的第25个音乐季。每年超过25场音乐会在休斯顿许许多多的表演场地举行,HYAC着力培育下一代的音乐爱好者和专业音乐家硕果累累。

2012年5月27日下午2时30分,在休斯顿市中心音乐殿堂渥瑟姆中心(Wortham Center)卡伦堂将举行一场别具一格的“重逢音乐会”,推出由休斯顿交响乐团首席黄欣(Frank Huang),艾弗里费雪奖获得者邵欣玲(Sophie Shao),吉尔莫青年艺术家亚当(Adam Golka)组成的钢琴三重奏乐队。这三位世界顶级的音乐家都是在休斯敦长大,25年前,在他们的成长初期都是在休斯顿青少年艺术家音乐会(HYAC)作为获奖青少年音乐家演出过。

这场钢琴三重奏音乐会的亮点包括钢琴三重奏作品之一,是由莱斯大学牧羊人音乐学院老师皮埃尔贾尔伯特(Pierre Jalbert)于1998年创作的钢琴三重奏。皮埃尔贾尔伯特(Pierre Jalbert)将于27日当天亲自出席这场音乐会。

重逢音乐会——音乐家介绍
黃欣 (Frank Huang) - 小提琴家,休斯顿交响乐团首席



黃欣 (Frank Huang) 出身於音樂世家,父親黃立民是北京中央芭蕾舞團樂團指揮,母親張麗蘭和舅舅也都是樂團的小提琴手。他6歲隨父母來到紐約,定居德州休士頓,7歲起由母親啟蒙,10歲時已青出於藍,要另外拜師。他11歲就與休士頓交響樂團合作,舉行音樂會;15歲時隻身到克利夫蘭學習音樂,並開始參加國際性的比賽,曾獲四個金獎和一個銀獎。

作为2003年沃尔特•W•瑙姆堡基金会小提琴比赛和2000年汉诺威国际小提琴比赛两个国际大赛的一等奖获得者,黃欣 (Frank Huang)把小提琴演奏家作为自己的主要职业。自从11岁与休斯顿交响乐团演出以来,黃欣 (Frank Huang)与世界各地乐团同台合作演出——包括克里夫兰管弦乐团,洛杉矶爱乐乐团,圣保罗室内乐团,印第安纳波利斯交响乐团,汉诺威NDR广播爱乐乐团,阿玛迪斯室内乐团和热那亚乐团。他已经在全国公共广播电台的“早安美国”,CNN的 “与Paula Zahn一起美国之晨报”。黄先生的第一个梦幻商业录音在2003年秋天在纳克索斯岛(Naxos)发行,其中包括舒伯特,勋伯格,Erns和韦克斯曼的精彩之作。他在比赛中获得巨大成功,15岁就赢得PREMIO帕格尼尼国际小提琴比赛和印第安纳波利斯国际小提琴比赛(伦敦)的最高奖金。在金斯维尔(Kingsville)国际比赛、欧文•克莱恩国际比赛和单杰洛(D'Angelo)国际比赛中,他还获得了金奖。

黃欣 (Frank Huang)最近的演出包括伦敦Wigmore音乐厅亮相,巴黎沙利科尔托,华盛顿肯尼迪艺术中心,旧金山赫布斯特剧院和他在纽约爱丽丝塔利音乐厅的第二次演出,这场演出也是唐纳德•马蒂诺的小提琴独奏奏鸣曲的世界首演。

除了他的独奏生涯,黄先生坚定地致力于室内乐。他参加万宝路音乐节,拉维尼亚Steans研究所,西雅图室内乐音乐节,和Caramoor节,并经常参加来自万宝路之旅音乐家。他也被选为林肯中心室内乐协会的著名室内乐II节目成员。在加入休斯顿交响乐团之前,黄先生担任Grammy获奖乐队Ying弦乐四重奏的第一小提琴手职位,同时也是伊斯曼音乐学院的教师。

黄先生在2010年开始担任休斯顿交响乐团首席小提琴,他同时担任莱斯大学和休斯顿大学的教师工作。在暑期,他还执教于鲍登国际音乐节,德州音乐节,韩国大山音乐节。黄先生与钢琴家Gilles Vonsattel和大提琴家Nicolas Altstaedt演出钢琴三重奏,并同时兼任总部设在纽约的无指挥室乐交响乐团Sejong Soloists的首席小提琴手。

重逢音乐会——音乐家介绍
邵欣玲 (Sophie Shao) - 大提琴家,纽约林肯中心艾弗里费雪(Avery Fisher)获奖者



十九岁时,大提琴家邵欣玲(Sophie Shao)获得纽约林肯中心著名的艾弗里费雪(Avery Fisher)职业资助。从那时起,邵欣玲(Sophie Shao)的演出遍及美国、欧洲和亚洲。她是罗斯特罗波维奇和柴可夫斯基大赛(Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky Competitions)的首奖得主,“纽约时报”称赞她对从巴赫、贝多芬、克拉姆等宽广范围里的曲目诠释得“洋洋洒洒,强大有力”。

这个音乐季的亮点包括费城室内乐协会(Philadelphia Chamber Music Society)和明德学院(Middlebury College)的独奏音乐会,纽约市联合学院的一个完整的巴赫套曲演出,以及她的广受欢迎的从佛蒙特州伯瑞特波罗市到亚利桑那州塞多纳市“邵欣玲和朋友”巡回独奏会。邵女士最近与电影作曲家霍华德(Howard Shore)的合作成就了一个“大花园”委员会,这首为她写的协奏曲于2012年4月由美国交响乐团首演。在2012-2013年,她将作为独奏参加一个为期两周的西海岸巡回演出,与BBC音乐会管弦乐团和基思骆克(BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart )合作演出埃尔加和肖斯塔科维奇协奏曲。

最近的演出包括与汉斯•格拉夫和休斯顿交响乐团演出的贝多芬三重奏音乐会,在印第安纳波利斯与林昭亮合演谭盾的《鬼戏》(Ghost Opera),与美国交响乐团室内乐团在理查德•威尔逊大提琴女中音音乐会上合作做世界首演,林肯中心室内乐协会、室内乐西北、音乐山(与上海弦乐四重奏)以及在全国各地的许许多多其他演出。她也是在全国各地许多领先音乐节的常客,包括西北室内乐音乐节,布拉沃!韦尔谷音乐节(Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival),天使火音乐节(Music from Angel Fire),诗人节(Bard Festival),圣达菲室内音乐节。

邵女士的曲目被收录在EMI CLASSICS,大桥唱片(Bridge Records)(万宝路音乐节50周年录音)和奥尔巴尼(Albany)唱片上。她在2009年录制的版本,包括理查德•威尔逊的奥尔巴尼唱片,霍华德(Howard Shore)为电影“背叛”Howe Records。她也可以被听到在在Koch唱片公司即将发布的土生土长的得克萨斯州休斯敦乔治(George Tsontakis)的音乐。

邵女士6岁开始演奏大提琴,是前休斯顿交响乐团首席大提琴雪莉(Shirley Trepel)的学生。在十三岁,她入学费城柯蒂斯音乐学院跟随大卫•索耶尔(David Soyer)学习大提琴。从柯蒂斯音乐学院毕业后,她继续在耶鲁大学跟阿尔多•帕里索她(Aldo Parisot)学习大提琴,获得耶鲁大学宗教研究学士学位,耶鲁大学音乐学院音乐硕士学位。她入学获得了保罗和黛丝索罗斯研究员(Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow)。她是瓦瑟学院(Vassar College)和巴德音乐学院(Bard Conservatory of Music)的教师,演奏由圣安娜(Honore Derazey)于1860年制作的、曾经是帕布罗卡萨尔斯(Pablo Casals)拥有的大提琴。

重逢音乐会——音乐家介绍
亚当(Adam Golka) - 钢琴家,斯坦威艺术家



带着他的“輝煌的技術和真實的情感深度”(“華盛頓郵報”),鋼琴家亞當Golka贏得了他的超级技術和敏銳感的戲劇和起搏的一致好評。他已經獲得國際大獎,包括2008年吉爾莫青年藝術家獎,在2003年第二屆中國上海國際鋼琴比賽的一等獎和2009年的最大奖——美國鋼琴家協會艾倫古典獎學金獎。

他出場的音乐会范围廣泛,包括在美国的亞特蘭大,休斯敦,達拉斯,密爾沃基雄鹿,印第安納波利斯,鳳凰城,聖地亞哥,沃斯堡,錫拉丘茲,蘭辛,諾克斯維爾,阿爾巴尼,安阿伯,威奇托,韋科,南達科他州的彭薩科拉,Mobile,矽谷,西弗吉尼亞州,Erie,和Grand Rapids交响乐团,大提頓(Grand Teton)和科羅拉多音樂節交響樂團,以及與國家藝術中心樂團(渥太華),BBC蘇格蘭交響樂團,華沙愛樂交響樂團巴索維亞,上海愛樂樂團,修女卡雷諾委內瑞拉青年交響樂團,樂團普瓦圖 - 夏朗德,Orquesta Filarmonica的哈利斯科(瓜達拉哈拉)。他曾與如唐納德Runnicles,米格爾·哈思Bedoya,祖克曼,馬克威格爾斯沃,邁克爾·克里斯蒂,安德烈亞斯Delfs,埃德溫Outwater大衛Lockington,丹尼爾和歌補,朱利安庫爾提,邁克爾·摩根,提摩太Muffitt,瑞安麥克亞當斯等著名指揮,他經常同他的弟弟指揮家托馬斯·Golka合作。

2010年3月,亞當在卡內基音樂廳與紐約青年交響樂團演奏拉赫瑪尼諾夫的第三協奏曲,完成了他的艾薩克·斯特恩禮堂首演;在2011年9月,亞當在連續兩晚進行的拉伯克交響樂團貝多芬的所有五個協奏曲;2012年1月,亞當在只有3天通知的情况下,代替安德烈·瓦茨與韋科交響樂團演奏勃拉姆斯第二協奏曲。

Golka的獨奏和室内樂出場已經带他到阿姆斯特丹Amsterdam Concertgebouw (Kleine Zaal),紐約卡內基音樂廳(克萊Zaal)(威爾獨奏廳Weill Recital Hall),東京武藏野廳(Musashino Hall in Tokyo),大阪中之島廳(Nakanoshima Hall in Osaka),西棕櫚海灘克拉維斯中心(Kravis Center in West Palm Beach)等著名場館,以及吉爾莫鍵盤節(Gilmore Keyboard Festival),拉維尼亞音樂節(Ravinia Festival),紐約市國際鍵盤節在曼尼斯(New York City International Keyboard Festival at Mannes),音樂門洛(Music@Menlo),帕克,華盛頓國際鋼琴節(the Washington International Piano Festival),得克萨斯國際学术音乐節(PianoTexas International Academy and Festival),新港音樂節和的Duszniki肖邦音樂節,如負盛名的節日。

他即將到來的约请,包括莫扎特,貝多芬,李斯特,柴可夫斯基,和拉威爾費爾法克斯,尤金,德盧斯優越,濱江和奧馬哈交響樂团;與拉維尼亞的Steans研究所的音樂家之旅,並在Caramoor節演奏室音樂在橘县表演希曼諾夫斯基弦樂四重奏(Szymanowski)。

亞當在他的年輕時代積累了廣泛的曲目,他演出过二十多個協奏曲,他演出过足夠多的獨奏作品,可以填充足够20個音乐会的節目,包括貝多芬的三十二个奏鳴曲。在他目前出場演奏的曲目中,可以聽到亞當演奏受人尊敬的美國作曲家理查德·丹尼波爾(Richard Danielpour)的“鋼琴幻想曲”(2008年),這是他在2009年首演的。感謝吉爾莫國際鍵盤節(Gilmore International Keyboard Festival)给亞當的權力。他也是一個專职的室內樂和藝術歌曲的合作者。

作为一個第一代美國人,​​Golka來自一个波蘭音樂家移民家庭。在得克薩斯州休斯敦出生長大,為了追随巴西著名鋼琴家何塞Feghali在得克薩斯州基督教大學学习,Golka在15歲的時候搬到得克薩斯州沃思堡。目前,亞當跟随傳奇人物萊昂弗萊舍(Leon Fleisher)在巴爾的摩皮博迪學院(Peabody Institute)完成他的学习的第四個年頭,但他主要居住地还是在紐約市。亞當的早期教師達留(Dariusz Pawlas)以及他的母親安娜Golka都在休斯敦。

Artist Bios in English


Frank Huang, violinist


First Prize winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, Frank Huang has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. At age 11, he performed with the Houston Symphony in a nationally broadcast concert and has since performed with orchestras throughout the world, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Hannover, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra and the Genoa Youth Orchestra. He has performed on NPR’s Performance Today, ABC’s Good Morning America and CNN’s American Morning with Paula Zahn. Huang’s first commercial recording, comprising Fantasies by Schubert, Ernst, Schoenberg and Waxman, was released on Naxos in 2003.

He has had great success in competitions since age 15 with top prize awards in the International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini” and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. He also received Gold Medal awards in the Kingsville International String Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition and the D’Angelo International Competition.

Recent concerts include debuts in Wigmore Hall (London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Kennedy Center (Washington), Herbst Theatre (San Francisco) and his second recital in New York’s Alice Tully Hall that featured the world premiere of Donald Martino’s Sonata for Solo Violin.

In addition to his solo career, Huang is deeply committed to chamber music. He has attended the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, The Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival and the Caramoor Music Festival; he frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro tours. He was selected by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious Chamber Music II program. Before joining the Houston Symphony, Huang held the position of first violinist of the Grammy® Award-winning Ying Quartet and was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music.

He began his tenure as concertmaster of the Houston Symphony in 2010 and is on the faculty at Rice University and the University of Houston. During the summer, he teaches at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival and the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea. Huang performs in a trio with pianist Gilles Vonsattel and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and serves as concertmaster of Sejong, a conductorless chamber orchestra based in New York.

Sophie Shao, cellist


At the age of nineteen, cellist Sophie Shao received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and has since performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Winner of top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky Competitions, the New York Times has applauded her “eloquent, powerful”interpretations of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Crumb.

Highlights of this season include recitals for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Middlebury College, a performance of the complete Bach suites at Union College and in New York City, and her popular “Sophie Shao and Friends” tour including performances from Brattleboro, VT to Sedona, AZ. Ms. Shao recently collaborated with film composer Howard Shore resulting in a commission of “Great Gardens” - a concerto being written for her to be premiered with the American Symphony Orchestra in April 2012. In 2012-2013, she will appear as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart in performances of the Elgar and Shostakovich concerti on a two-week tour of the west coast.

Recent performances include Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony, Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera with Cho-Liang Lin in Indianapolis, the world premier of Richard Wilson’s Concerto for cello and mezzo-soprano with the American Symphony Orchestra and recital and chamber music appearances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, and Music Mountain (with the Shanghai Quartet) among many other presenters across the country. She is also a frequent guest at many leading festivals around the country including Chamber Music Northwest, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Bard Festival and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Ms. Shao can be heard on EMI Classics, Bridge Records (for the Marlboro Music Festival’s 50th Anniversary recording) and on Albany Records. Her recording releases in 2009 include Richard Wilson’s Brash Attacks on Albany Records and Howard Shore’s original score for movie “The Betrayal” on Howe Records. She may also be heard on an upcoming release on Koch Records in the music of George Tsontakis. A native of Houston, TX.  Ms. Shao began playing the cello at age six and was a student of Shirley Trepel, former principal Cellist of the Houston Symphony. At age thirteen she enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying cello with David Soyer. After graduating from the Curtis Institute, she continued her cello studies with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, receiving a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale College and an M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where she was enrolled as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. She is on the faculty of Vassar College and the Bard Conservatory of Music and plays on a cello made by Honore Derazey from 1860 once owned by Pablo Casals.

Adam Golka, pianist


With his “brilliant technique and real emotional depth” (The Washington Post), pianist Adam Golka has won critical acclaim for his supreme technique and astute sense of drama and pacing. He has garnered international prizes including the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award, first prize in the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition in 2003 and the 2009 Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award of the American Pianists Association.

His extensive concerto appearances have included engagements with the Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Phoenix, San Diego, Fort Worth, Syracuse, Lansing, Knoxville, Albany, Ann Arbor, Wichita, Waco, South Dakota, Pensacola, Mobile, Silicon Valley, West Virginia, Erie, and Grand Rapids symphonies, the Grand Teton and Colorado music festival orchestras, in the United States, as well as with the BBC Scottish Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Shanghai Philharmonic, Teresa Carreno Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Orchestre Poitou-Charentes, and Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco (Guadalajara). He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Donald Runnicles, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Pinchas Zukerman, Mark Wigglesworth, Michael Christie, Andreas Delfs, Edwin Outwater, David Lockington, Daniel Hege, Julian Kuerti, Michael Morgan, Timothy Muffitt, Ryan McAdams, and he frequently collaborates with his brother, conductor Tomasz Golka.

In March 2010, Adam made his Isaac Stern Auditorium debut at Carnegie Hall, playing Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony, and in September 2011, Adam performed all five of Beethoven’s concerti in two consecutive nights with the Lubbock Symphony. In January 2012, Adam replaced Andre Watts with the Waco Symphony, playing the Brahms Second Concerto with only three days notice.

Golka's solo and chamber music appearances have taken him to famous venues such as the Concertgebouw (Kleine Zaal) in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) in New York, Musashino Hall in Tokyo, Nakanoshima Hall in Osaka, the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, and prestigious festivals such as the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Ravinia Festival, Music@Menlo, the New York City International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, the Washington International Piano Festival, PianoTexas International Academy and Festival, the Newport Music Festival, and the Duszniki Chopin festival. His upcoming engagements include concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, and Ravel with the Fairfax, Eugene, Duluth Superior, Riverside, and Omaha symphonies; a tour with Musicians from Ravinia's Steans Institute, and chamber music performances at the Caramoor Festival as well as with the Szymanowski String Quartet in Orange County.

Adam has amassed a broad repertoire in his young age; he plays more than twenty concertos, and he has performed enough solo works to fill twenty recital programs, including the thirty-two sonatas of Beethoven. In his current recital appearances, Adam can be heard performing esteemed American composer Richard Danielpour's "Piano Fantasy" (2008), which he premiered in 2009, thanks to a commission by the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival for Adam. He is also a dedicated chamber music and lieder collaborator.

A 1st generation American, Golka comes from an immigrant family of Polish musicians. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Golka moved to Fort Worth, Texas, when he was 15 years-old, in order to pursue studies with eminent Brazilian pianist Jose Feghali at Texas Christian University. Currently, Adam is completing his fourth year of studies with the legendary Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, but his primary residence is in New York City. Adam's earlier teachers were Dariusz Pawlas, in Houston, as well as his mother, Anna Golka.

Pierre Jalbert, composers



Pierre Jalbert (b. 1967) is one of the most highly regarded American composers of his generation, earning widespread notice for his richly colored and superbly crafted scores. Focusing primarily on instrumental works, Jalbert has developed a musical language that is engaging, expressive, and deeply personal. Among his many honors are the Rome Prize, the BBC Masterprize, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Stoeger Award, given biennially "in recognition of significant contributions to the chamber music repertory," and a 2010 American Academy of Arts and Letters award.

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Jalbert grew up in northern Vermont; his family originally came from Quebec. He began piano lessons at the age of five, immersing himself in the classical repertoire. Growing up, he also heard French and English folk songs and Catholic liturgical music, gaining a deep respect for music that communicates powerfully with an economy of means.

Following undergraduate studies in piano and composition at Oberlin Conservatory, Jalbert earned a PhD in Composition at the University of Pennsylvania under principal teacher George Crumb. He won the Rome Prize in 2000-2001, and earned the BBC Masterprize in 2001 for his orchestral work In Aeternam, selected from among more than 1,100 scores by a jury that included Marin Alsop, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and Sir Charles Mackerras. In Aeternam has been performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the California and Hartford Symphonies, and the Orlando Philharmonic.

Other major works for orchestra include big sky (2005), commissioned by the Houston Symphony and performed by the ensemble at Carnegie Hall; Symphonia Sacra (2001), written for the California Symphony; Les espaces infinis (2001), commissioned by the Albany Symphony; Chamber Symphony (2004), commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Fire and Ice (2006), commissioned for the Oakland East Bay, Marin, and Santa Rosa Symphonies through Meet the Composer Foundation's Magnum Opus Project; and Autumn Rhapsody (2008), commissioned by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

Jalbert has served as Composer-in-Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (2002-05), Chicago's Music in the Loft Chamber Music Series (2003), and the California Symphony (1999-2002).

Jalbert's compositions have been warmly embraced by the chamber music world as well, with performances by the Borromeo, Chiara, Enso, Jasper, Maia, and Ying String Quartets, and the violinist Midori. Upcoming chamber music commissions include pieces for the Emerson String Quartet, the Music from Copland House Ensemble, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music.

Jalbert's music is tonally centered, incorporating modal, tonal, and sometimes quite dissonant harmonies while retaining a sense of harmonic motion and arrival. He is particularly noted for his mastery of instrumental color: in both chamber works and orchestral scores, he creates timbres that are vivid yet refined. His rhythmic shapes are cogent, often with an unmistakable sense of underlying pulsation. Driving rhythms often alternate with slow sections in which time seems to be suspended.

Although his music is not programmatic, Jalbert has drawn inspiration from a variety of sources, including natural phenomena. He composed big sky after visiting Big Bend National Park in Texas, a place of starkly contrasting mountain, desert, and river environments. In Icefield Sonnets for string quartet, Jalbert created transparent, glassy textures in response to poems by Anthony Hawley about life in northern latitudes. TheBaltimore Sun called Icefield Sonnets "fresh [and] dynamic," praising its "luminous colors and propulsive rhythms." Jalbert also set Hawley's texts directly in a 2005 song cycle of the same title, scored for soprano, baritone, and piano trio with percussion.

In Aeternam incorporates a fast, steady pulse that stems from Jalbert's experience of hearing his son's heartbeat for the first time during a pre-natal examination. In Aeternam is simultaneously a memorial for a niece who died at birth and a celebration of his son's arrival, mixing grief with hope in a compelling reflection on the fragility of existence. Wrote the San Francisco Chronicle, "The piece revealed powerful command of the orchestra and a vivid emotional range. In Aeternam made a listener eager to hear more."

Spiritual concerns are also central to Jalbert's work. Symphonia Sacra (2001), inspired by the splendor of Roman churches and cathedrals, incorporates plainchant melodies. Les espaces infinis, another orchestral score from 2001, is described by the composer as "a quiet meditation on the nature of time and space." The Los Angeles Times observed that "the piece, which begins and ends quietly, but achieves a resonant climax at its center, holds the listener through a canny blend of instrumental colors and combinations, chromatic but not dissonant, and ultimately pleasing."

Pierre Jalbert is Professor of Composition and Theory at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, where he has taught since 1996. His music is published by Bill Holab Music and Theodore Presser Company.




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