William Bolcom

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Named 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America, and honored with multiple Grammy Awards for his ground-breaking setting of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, William Bolcom is a composer of cabaret songs, concertos, sonatas, operas, symphonies, and much more.  He was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Music for hisTwelve New Etudes for piano.

As a pianist he has recorded for Advance, Jazzology, Musical Heritage, Nonesuch, Vox, and Omega. With his wife, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, he has performed in concert for 40 years throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad.
Premieres in 2012:  Second Piano Quintet by the Pro Arte Quartet and pianist Christopher Taylor in Madison, Wis.;Chestnuts [4 songs] by Emalie Savoy, soprano, Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano, Dimitri Pittas, tenor, Joshua Hopkins, baritone, and Warren Jones, piano in Carnegie Hall/New York; Gettysburg, July 1, 1853 by Nathan Wyatt, baritone and Lucas Wong, piano in Los Angeles, CA; Ninth Symphony by Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra [Rice University], Larry Rachleff, conductor in Houston, TX; and The Jersey Side by soprano Christine Brewer and pianist Roger Vignoles in wigmore Hall/London.

Premieres in 2010:  Romanza by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco; La fantome du Clavecin by harpsichordist Andreas Skouras in London; The Hawthorn Tree by mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle and members of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York; and Prometheusby the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Chorale, pianist Jeffrey Biegel, and conductor Carl St. Clair in Costa Mesa, CA.  The latter work has also been performed by the other 8 commissioning orchestras.

2009 saw the premieres of First Symphony for Band in February by the University of Michigan Symphony Band in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Shakyamuni in February by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for the reopening of Alice Tully Hall; and in May, Introduzione e Rondo:  HAYDN GO SEEK by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt in Eisenstadt, Austria and Lady Liberty by The Master Singers of Lexington [Mass.] and The Ann Arbor Vocal Arts Ensemble.

In February 2008 his Eighth Symphony was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by James Levine in Boston, MA and Carnegie Hall/New York. Within the same month the Guarneri and Johannes String Quartets premiered Bolcom’s Octet:  Double Quartet.  Other 2008 premieres: Ballade in January 2008 by pianist Ursula Oppens; Lucrezia, a one-act comic opera for 5 singers and 2 pianists, in March 2008 by New York Festival of Song; Four Piedmont Choruses in May 2008 by the Piedmont Chamber Singers; A Song for St. Cecilia’s Dayin June 2008 at the University of Chicago.

In 2007 Bolcom was feted in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, with a two and a half-week festival of his music, including master classes, recitals, and concerts of his organ and chamber music. Titled Illuminating Bolcom, the festival was highlighted by two performances of Songs of Innocence and of Experience accompanied by animated projections of Blake’s illuminations. The animations were commissioned by VocalEssence and created by projection designer Wendall K. Harrington.

In September 2006 Bolcom’s Canciones de Lorca with tenor Placido Domingo, the Pacific Symphony, and conductor Carl St. Clair, was premiered at the gala opening concert of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA.

Bolcom taught composition at the University of Michigan from 1973-2008. Named a full professor in 1983, he was Chairman of the Composition Department from 1998 to 2003 and was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition in the fall of 1994.  He retired from teaching in 2008.

In addition to their performances, Bolcom and Morris have recorded over two dozen albums together. Their first one, After the Ball, garnered a Grammy nomination for Joan Morris. Recent recordings include:  two albums of songs by lyricist E. Y. “Yip” Harburg and Gus Kahn on Original Cast Records; Bolcom’s complete Cabaret Songs, written with lyricist Arnold Weinstein, on Centaur; and Someone Talked!  Memories of World War Ii with tenor Robert White and narrator Hazen Schumacher.

Recent recordings of his works include:  From the Diary of Sally Hemings, written with playwright Sandra Seaton, performed by soprano Alyson Cambridge and pianist Lydia Brown, and available on White Pine Records; Little Suite of Four Dances and Concert-Piece with clarinetist Maureen Hurd and available on MSR Recordings. 

Photo credit: Katryn Conlin

Guy Livingston

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Guy Livingston leads a dual career as a pianist and producer. Based in Paris, he has performed all over the world, notably as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Orchestre Nationale de France, and as a recitalist at the Centre Pompidou, the Théâtre du Chatelet, the IJsbreker, the MuziekGebouw, the Library of Congress, The Knitting Factory, Miller Theater, and Lincoln Center.

His recordings of the 20th and 21st century repertoire include prize-winning albums of music by John Cage, George Antheil, and over 100 other composers from around the world. Guy Livingston’s best-selling first recording (Don’t Panic) contained 60 one-minute premieres by composers from eighteen countries, and was featured in Le Monde, Gramophone, Diapason, Piano MagazineSports Illustrated, The New York Times, and on National Public Radio. He has recorded for New World, Wergo, and Mode Records.

Guy Livingston is one of the foremost performers of George Antheil’s music today. He organized the Paris Antheil Centennial Concert, and was Artistic Director for the 2003 George Antheil Festival in Trenton. In seven recitals over five years, he performed the complete piano music of George Antheil at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Livingston holds degrees with honors from Yale University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands. Prizes and awards include the Huntington Beebe Scholarship, the Gaudeamus New Music Competition, the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, the Orléans Twentieth Century Piano Competition and the Sitges-Barcelona Concorso de Piano Segolo XX.

Livingston is the co-founder of Paris Transatlantic Magazine, artistic director of Le Piano Ouvert (Paris), and manager of Stichting Transatlantic for Music and Art (Amsterdam).

Guy Livingston est actif en tant que pianiste des deux côtés de l’Atlantique. Basé à Paris, il joue au Louvre, Châtelet, et au Centre Pompidou, aux Pays Bas (MuziekGebouw, Paradiso, Korzo, Vredenburg, IJsbreker), et également en Russie, Italie, Pologne, Allemagne, et en Afrique du Sud. A New York, M. Livingston se produit au Miller Theater, Knitting Factory, Cooper Union, et au Lincoln Center.

Guy Livingston est le principal interprète de la musique du futuriste George Antheil aujourd’hui. Son disque des sonates perdues d’Antheil (« éblouissant » – Le Monde) est sorti chez Wergo en 2003. Un autre disque chez New World en 2006, offre la création du 2e concerto pour piano.

Elève d’Alexander Edelman et Claude Helffer ; diplômé de l’université de Yale, du Conservatoire de New England, et du Conservatoire Royal des Pays-Bas, Livingston remporte plusieurs prix dont le Prix Gaudeamus en piano; ainsi que lauréat du Concours International Piano du XXème Siècle d’Orléans et du Concurso Internacional de Música Contemporánea de Sitges (Barcelona).

Son premier enregistrement a connu un succès extraordinaire (« Pas de Panique », Don’t Panic: Wergo CD 6649-2) et comportait 60 morceaux d’une minute commandés à des compositeurs de 18 pays. Le deuxième volet « One Minute More » vient de sortir, avec 60 nouvelles pièces, qui sont illustrées par des jeunes vidéastes néerlandais. Ce programme tourne en concert et dans les festivals de cinéma actuellement (New York, Boston, Radio France, Strasbourg, Montréal, Chicago, Washington, Amsterdam, Shanghai).

Livingston collabore souvent dans les performances avec des écrivains, des danseurs (aux Spectacles Sauvages), et avec des comédiens (The Nothing Doing Bar, Shirazmataz, Dada Suisse, Nuit Blanche Parisienne). Livingston a joué récemment en soliste avec l’Orchestre National de France, le NCRV Radio Orchestra (Pays-Bas), les Philadelphia Virtuosi, et le Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Concert at the Mona Bismarck American Center

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34, avenue de New York 75116 Paris

métro : Alma Marceau, Iéna
vendredi 7 mars à 19h30
tél : 01 47 23 81 73
tarifs : 20 euros (15 euros étudiants)
réservations : rsvp@monabismarck.org
interprètes : David Levi, Sandrine Buendia, Nigel Smith, Rayanne Dupuis, Guy Livingston, William Bolcom, Joan Morris


Night Make My Day
I Will Breathe a Mountain
Camp Shadywillow
60 second ballet for chickens
Laura Sonnets
Excerpt from Sally Hemmings
Lucrezia Confessional Scene


Bolcom and Morris duo: a selection of ancient and modern cabaret songs
(Bolcom will announce from the stage)

reception to follow


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(afternoon of Tuesday, March 4th)
14h à 18h
Regional Conservatory of Paris, rue de Madrid
Performance class of the Quatuor Ysaÿe
Quartet and Piano Workshop led by Mr. Bolcom.