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Upcoming Performances, Commissions and other news

 

Nicolas Schezinger has completed a solo piano piece, Puddles, a commisison by the Piano Teacher Congress of New York.

Puddles is the 2017 PTCNY 20th/21st Century Festival Commissioned Piece. Students all over New York City under the age of 18 will compete to premiere the work at the Winners’ Recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 6, 2017.

Details are available on the PTCNY website:

http://pianoteacherscongress.org/commissioned-piece-2017/

 

 

 

Composers Gregory Mertl and Nicolas Scherzinger are in the process of planning two concerts in New York City this coming season.  Details coming soon.

Scherzinger is currently working on a new piece for the vocal ensemble Ekmeles, who will premiere the piece in New York City this year, and then perform the piece again at Syracuse University in 2017.

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Recent Performances, Recordings and other news

The Kinhaven Faculty Woodwind Quintet premiered Atomic Tangerine (2016) for woodwind quintet at the Kinhaven Music School, in Weston VT, July 9, 2016

Two as One as Two to One (2011) was its New York City premiere at the Mannes Prep Composition Faculty concert on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8pm at Mannes College The New School for Music Concert Hall (Mannes College The New School for Music, New York).

Two as One as Two to One (2011) and For Noah (2008) was performed on a concert at Tenri Cultural Institute on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8pm (Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011).

The American Modern Ensemble gave the New York City premiere of Fractured Mirrors on Monday, April 6, 2015  at SubCulture (New York).

Julia Nolan, Steven Stusek and and Laurent Estoppy, tenor saxophones, premiered Three Really Mad Tenors (2015) a new work for three tenor saxophones and computer at the World Saxophone Congress in July 2015 in Strasbourg, France.

Janet Brown, soprano, and Kenneth Meyer, guitar will give the NYC premiere of Till I become accustomed to the Dark (2004) at Tenri Cultural Institute on Saturday, May 23 2015 at 8pm (Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011).

Scherzinger's orchestra work The Little Prince Suite was premiered by the UT Austin Orchestra, James Welsch conducting, in April 2016.

Until Only the Mountain Remains for flute, oboe, bass, and vibraphone was premiered at the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont, on June 28, 2014. The piece was premiered by Peter Schultz (flute, piccolo), Mary Watt (oboe, English horn), Troy Rinker (double bass) & Conrad Alexander (vibraphone).

Scherzinger's work Fractured Mirrors was an honorable mention in the American Modern Ensemble 2013 eighth annual composer competition, Tier III (professional cataegory).

Lisa Tipton, violin and Adrienne Kim, piano premiered Mud (2013) on Lisa Tipton's DMA recital at Elebash Recital Hall at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, NY, October 21, 2013.

The Polaris Duo, featuring Gillian Blair (saxophone) and Elinor Nicholson (harp), performed Through a Winter Landscape at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England, on November 25, 2012.

Scherzinger recently joined the composition faculty at Mannes College The New School for Music, Prep and Extension Divisions in New York City.

Scherzinger performed his own work Shadowed (2006) for soprano saxophone and computer at an all SU Faculty Composer's Concert, at Setnor Auditorium, in Syracuse NY, on November 7, 2012.

The Kinhaven Faculty Ensemble, (Dave Sapadin, clarinet, Nicolas Scherzinger, saxophone, Micah Killion, trumpet, Deborah Buck Mazzocchi, violin, Adam Grabois, cello, Logan Coale, bass, Adrienne Kim, piano, John Bannon, percussion) premiered Crossing Shadows (2012), at a Faculty Concert, Kinhaven Music School, Senior Session, Weston, VT, July 14, 2012.

Karyl Ryczek, soprano and William Anderson, guitar performed Till i become accustomed to the dark at the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival in the Irasburg Town Hall, Irasburg, Vermont on July 13, 2012.

The Montclair State University Trumpet Ensemble performed Taking the Plung-r for trumpet ensemble (6 trumpets) at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, May 1, 2012. 

Peter Rovit, violin and Wesley Baldwin, cello premiered Two as One as Two to One (2011) in conccerts at SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY  October 5, and at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY October 7, and at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY October 11, 2011.

The Kinhaven Faculty Ensemble performed Gathering Together, for large ensemble, at a Faculty Concert, Kinhaven Music School, Senior Session, Weston, VT, July 30, 2011

The Knife Quartet, featuring Rachael Elliott, bassoon, Nicolas Scherzinger, saxphone, Micah Killion, trumpet, and Logan Coale, bass, at a Faculty Concert, Kinhaven Music School, Senior Session, Weston, VT, July 9, 2011 

Jesse Dochnahl, soprano saxophone, performed Shadowed (2006) on a recital in Urbana (IL), April, 2011

Meridian Phase II performed the newly revised version of For Noah (rev. 2011) for piano trio, at Setnor Auditorium at Syracuse University, on Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

Doren Dinglinger, violin

Adrienne Kim, piano

Elegy (2000), for Violin and Piano, was performed by Doren Dinglinger, violin and Adrienne Kim, piano for the Garden City Chamber Music Society, Garden City, New York, on November 21, 2010.

Scherzinger spent 2 weeks in August 2010 as an artist in residence at the I-Park artist colony in East Haddam, CT.

The Kinhaven Faculty Brass Trio premiered a new work for Brass Trio at the Kinhaven Music School, July 17 2010.

Jody Vianen, saxophone, performed Shadowed at the 7th International Saxophone Week at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, April 14, 2010.

John Graham performed Calico Dances, for solo viola and electronic sounds, on a recital at Gallery 345 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 11, 2010.

He also performed the work at the "Day of Progressive Viola " at New York’s Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. (YASI), October 5, 2009, New York City.

The new music ensemble Sequitur, based in New York City, performed Colloquy, for solo violin and chamber ensemble, with Andrea Schultz, violin, at Merkin Hall, May 10, 2009 (New York City premiere)

 

Society for New Music released a CD with one of the featured works begin Fractured Mirros, released on Innova Recordings, December 2009.

Lisa Tipton, violin, Alberto Parrini, cello, and Adrienne Kim, piano commissioned and premiered For Noah (2008) for piano trio at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 11, 2008.

Elegy (2000), for Violin and Piano, was performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, on January 17th, 2008 at Rose Studio at Lincoln Center, Erin Keefe, violin and Gillles Vonsattel, piano, in New York City.

Syracuse University Trupmet Ensemble premiered Taking the Plung-r for trupmet ensemble (6 trumpets) at the International Trumpet Guild conference, Banff, Canada, June 2008.

Joseph Lulloff, saxophone

Joseph Lulloff, saxophone, performed Shadowed (2006) for soprano saxophone and interactive computer on tour in the USA and Russia in the fall of 2007.

 

The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, under the direction of Sydney Hodkinson, performed Fractured Mirrors (2005), at the Aspen Music Festival, in Aspen, Colorado, on Saturday, August 4, 2007.

Gilberto Bernardes, saxophone, performed Shadowed (2006) at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, as part of the International Gaudeamus New Music Week, the largest new music festival in the Netherlands, Friday, April 20, 2007,

The USC Contemporary Music Ensemble, Frank Ticheli director, performed Fractured Mirrors (2005), Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Ethos Percussion Group and the Jerome Foundation commissioned Stop! and go... (2007) for organ and percussion quartet. The work was premiered in Syracuse, New York by the Ethos Percussion Group and Christopher Marks, organ, on April 15, 2007.

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Victor Romasevich, viola, performed Calico Dances on a program by Composers, Inc., a new music organization based in San Francisco, CA, on February 13, 2007

Randall Hall, saxophone, recorded Schism (2003), for saxophone and interactive computer, released on Innova Recordings in December of 2006.

Scherzinger was the recipient of a 2005 Barlow Endowment Commission for a solo guitar piece that Ken Meyer premiered in the Fall of 2006. Ken Meyer will be recording the work and releasing a CD in 2007. The title of the piece is Offering of the Five Senses (2006), for solo guitar.

Scherzinger was composer-in-residence at the Seal Bay Music Festival in Vinalhaven, Maine in June 2006.

Christopher Marks, organ, recorded Five Pieces for Organ (2003), which was released on Raven Compact Disks [OAR-790] in July of 2006.

L' Ensemble Accroche Note
performed Fractured Mirrors (2005), for chamber ensemble, on concerts at Syracuse University and Cornell University in April 2006.

 

The Meridian Phase II ensemble and Adrienne Kim, piano, premiered Shimmer (2006), for piano quintet at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 6, 2006. This same piece will be performed at the Seal Bay Festival in Maine in June 2006.

Randall Hall, saxophone, commissioned Shadowed (2006) for soprano saxophone and interactive computer that he premiered at the 2006 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Iowa City, Iowa, on February 18, 2006

John Laverty and the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble commissioned, so faint a stillness remembered (2005), for wind ensemble that was premiered on November 16, 2005 in Setnor Auditorium at Syracuse University.

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The Cassatt String Quartet

The Cassatt String Quartet premiered Whisper (2004), for string quartet, in Blacksburg, Virginia, on the Musica Viva! concert series, on January 30, 2005. The New York state premiere took place in Syracuse, New York on April 19, 2005, also by the Cassatt String Quartet.

for more information on Musica Viva!, go to http://www.musicaviva-swva.org/
for more information on the Cassatt String Quartet, go to http://www.cassattquartet.com/

The Society for New Music premiered Fractured Mirrors (2005), for chamber ensemble in Syracuse, New York on March 6, 2005. This piece was commissioned by the Society for New Music.

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Adrienne Kim, piano, premiered Immoral Minority (2004), a new work for solo piano, at the Aaron Copland School of Music, City University of New York, Samuel J. & Ethel Lefrak Concert Hall, Flushing, New York, on November 30, 2004.

 

John Graham, viola
performing Calico Dances
in Aspen, Co.
(2004)

John Graham, distinguished violist and professor at the Eastman School of Music, performed Calico Dances, a work for solo viola and electronic sounds, at the Aspen Music Festival in August 2003 and July 2004.

Visit grahamviola.com to learn more about violist John Graham.


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Randall Hall, saxophone, premiered Schism, a new work for saxophone and interactive computer, at the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July 2003.

 

Chris Marks and Hendricks Chapel commissioned Five Pieces for Organ. Chris performed the work in March 2003 in Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University.

Scherzinger was a guest lecturer at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 9 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in February. The lecture was on his recent work involving improvisatory works for saxophone and interactive computer. For more information about this topic, please follow this link: inter-sax-tive

The new music ensemble, Musica Nova, under the direction of Bradley Lubman, premiered Colloquy, a concertino for violin and chamber ensemble at the Eastman School of Music in October of 2002.

The Gardenia Trio commissioned Dark Wind, Dark Rain (2002) for oboe, bassoon and piano. The work, Dark Wind, Dark Rain, was premiered at the International Double Reed Society Banff Conference on August 9, 2002 in Banff, Canada. The members of the Gardenia Trio are Maria Cueva-Mendez, piano, Kimberly Persia, bassoon, and Marlen Vavrikova, oboe.

Janet Brown, soprano, and Sar-Shalom Strong, piano, performed Winter Privacy at an all-faculty recital at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University on Tuesday, April 9 2002.

 

Julia Nolan, saxophone, and the Canada Council commissioned Nicolas to compose Through a Winter Landscape, a work for soprano saxophone and harp that was premiered on a recital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in January 2002. Rita Costanzi performed on harp. This same recital was broadcast nationally on CBC Radio Two on February 22, 2002.

Julia also performed Mirage, a work for alto saxophone and piano at the 2002 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Denton Texas on March 7, 2002.


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John Graham premiered Calico Dances, a new work for solo viola and electronic sounds, on a recital on February 10, 2002. This work is composed for and dedicated to John Graham.



Randall Hall, saxophone, recently performed Solitude at an all Electronic Music Concert at the Eastman School of Music .in Rochester, New York. He also performed the work in Belgium and Luxembourg in March, as well as in Taiwan in August. Solitude was premiered and commissioned by Randall Hall.


Jennifer Undercofler, piano, performed Amid the Shadows on a program that was broadcast on WBFO in Buffalo, New York, on May 23, 2001. She and her husband, Brian Krinke, violin, also performed Elegy on a recital in New Milford, Connecticut on June 16, 2001.

Julia Nolan, saxophone, performed Mirage on a recital at Western Washington University on Monday, April 30, 2001. She also performed the piece on a recitals at Vancouver Community College, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in March and July 2001. Julia Nolan teaches saxophone at Western Washington University and the University of British Columbia.

Jon's Point, LA, a recent film by Jack Beck, with music by Scherzinger, was performed on April 7, 2001 at Hartwell Theater at SUNY Brockport, in Brockport, New York, as part of the ImageMovementSound collaborative artists festival. An additional performance took place at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, on April 15, 2001.

click here to see a clip: http://www.aquilineproductions.com/works/
scroll down the page to find Jon's Point, LA

List of screenings:

The Tank Gallery, NYC (December 2005)
The Tank Gallery, NYC (May 2005)
Kindred Intnl. Film Festival (April 2003)
eKsperim[E]nto, Manilla, Phillipines (March 2003)
Invideo, Milan, Italy (January 2003)
St. Louis Film Festival (November 2002)
Antimatter Video Festival, Victoria, B.C. (September 2002)
Red Bank Film Festival, New Jersey (August 2002)
Rooftop Films, Brooklyn (June 2002)
San Antonio Underground Film Festival (June 2002)
Open Air Shorts, Times Square, NYC (June 2002)
VideoEx Fest, Switzerland (May 2002)
Dresden Intnl Film Festival, Germany (April 2002)
THAW Film/Video/Digital Fest, Iowa City (April 2002)
Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, MS (April 2002)
Memphis Intnl Film Festival (April 2002)
HiLo Film Festival, San Francisco (March 2002)
FirstGlance Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA (March 2002)
Durango Film Festival, CO (March 2002)
Z Film Festival, Chicago (December 2001)
Shorts Intnl Film Festival, NYC (November 2001)
MicroCineFest, Baltimore (October 2001)
Silver Lake Film Festival, CA (September 2001)
Image/Movement/Sound - SUNY, Brockport, NY (April 2001)
Image/Movement/Sound - RIT, NY (April 2001)

 

Jon Gudmundson, saxophone, and Kathy Palmer, piano, performed Mirage at the World Saxophone Congress in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on July 8 , 2000. They also performed the work at the Brevard Music Center in August 2000.

David Gilbert conducted the Composers' Sinfonietta in a performance of Changing Tides at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in February 2000.

 

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