Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Adams was educated at Jacksonville University, the University of Southern California, and Cornell University, where he earned a doctoral degree studying musicology with William Austin and composition with Karel Husa. Adams is a composer of tonal music with a strong stylistic profile who employs individual adaptations of traditional techniques. In 1977, Adams won the Grand Prize of the Delius Festival Composition Competition; in 1984, he was awarded the Raymond Hubbell-ASCAP award for his compositions.
He was born in 1937 and grew up in Baltimore. He studied at the University of Chicago, the Juilliard School and in Aspen with Darius Milhaud. Finding himself dissatisfied with much of what then passed for modern music, he moved to Europe, where he studied with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger (who also taught Aaron Copland , Virgil Thomson and Quincy Jones) and worked closely with the sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar. He returned to New York in 1967 and formed the Philip Glass Ensemble – seven musicians playing keyboards and a variety of woodwinds, amplified and fed through a mixer.
Kevin Olson is an active pianist, composer, and member of the piano faculty at Utah State University, where he teaches piano literature, pedagogy, and accompanying courses.
A native of Utah, Kevin began composing at age five. When he was twelve, his composition, An American Trainride, received the Overall First Prize at the 1983 National PTA Convention at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since then he has been a Composer in Residence at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has written music commissioned and performed by groups such as the American Piano Quartet, Chicago a cappella and others.Many of the needs of his own piano students have inspired more than 100 books and solos published by the FJH Music Company, which he joined as a writer in 1994.
Russian born NATALIYA is a professional, versatile, award winning concert pianist, composer, arranger, songwriter, poet and lyricist, who creates memorable and unique compositions with a focus on brightness of melody and richness of harmony. Her compositions cross the boundaries between Classical Contemporary and Popular music, embracing a wide range of genres. NATALIYA’s music goes from being dramatic, deep, mature and soulful, to being playful and whimsical/cartoon-like, often dynamic, expressive, refreshing and novel, always filled with imagination.
Catherine Rollin is a pianist, composer, clinician and teacher of prize-winning students. Her more than 200 published pedagogical compositions are recognized worldwide for their combination of musicality and “teachability.” Rollin received her principle training with Mischa Kottler, a disciple of von Sauer and Cortot. Catherine’s early interest in Baroque performance practice led her to study harpsichord for two summers while still in high school with the world renowned harpsichordist, Dorothy Lane at Northwestern University. Rollin holds the BMA degree with distinction from U. of Michigan and the MM from Oakland U. In 2002, the latter awarded her their Alumni Achievement Award.
Composer-pianist, Alfred Watson received his degree from The Juilliard School. His compositions which number over 200, bear the influence of the romantic and impressionistic periods. Internationally known pianist Frederic Moyer described Watson's music in this quote "it has heart, beautiful melodies, masterful piano writing, scrumptious harmonies, wonderful voice leading. It boggles the mind, really"
Quinn Mason is currently a student at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts where he studies composition with Dr. Lane Harder. A multiple prize winner in composition, he has worked one on one with distinguished composers David Maslanka, Libby Larsen and Robert X. Rodriguez and David Dzubay. He has written for groups such as loadbang, Atlantic Brass Quintet, Voces Intimae, the New Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and principal players of the Berlin Philharmonic. He is also the recipient of awards from the American Composers forum, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Voices of Change and Texas A&M.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Seymour Bernstein was already teaching piano at the age of fifteen, his teacher at the time, Clara Husserl, having arranged for him to supervise the practicing of some of her gifted younger pupils. He soon had a class of pupils of his own, some of whom are still studying with him. Seymour Bernstein studied with such notable musicians as Alexander Brailowsky, Sir Clifford Curzon, Jan Gorbaty, Nadia Boulanger, and Georges Enesco. The winner of the First Prize and Prix Jacques Durand at Fontainebleau, the National Federation of Music Clubs Award for Furthering American Music Abroad
A graduate from the Warsaw Conservatory of Music, Alicia Jonas trained at The Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music in New York City. Alicia Jonas has lectured, performed and published internationally. Alicia actively contributes to EPTA Piano Journal and has been recognized for her innovative training method by distinguished musicians from respected institutions. Alicia has been an acting Chairperson for the New York State Music Teachers, Inc for over 8 years; 2 years as Chairperson for Piano Congress, 20th Century and Beyond; 10 years arranging piano music for Warner Brothers; and author of multiple acclaimed musical teaching books.
Lisa Donovan Lukas is a composer, songwriter, pianist/vocalist, and music teacher. She began piano lessons at the age of six, and was composing music by the age of eleven. Lisa received her Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from The University of Southern California where she studied with Morten Lauridsen, James Hopkins, Anthony Vazzana, Robert Linn, and William Kraft. After graduation, Ms. Lukas studied orchestration and composition privately for many years with composer/orchestrator and teacher Albert Harris. She also studied songwriting for musical theatre with Lehman Engel in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and film scoring with David Raksin, and Earle Hagen.
Lisa has worked as a composer, songwriter, performer, orchestrator, film and television music copyist and music teacher. Her compositions and songs have been featured in motion pictures and television shows as well as in live performances, recitals and concerts. In addition to her work in film and television, she has written orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have garnered praise and attention. Lisa very much enjoys teaching piano, songwriting, composition, and theory to her music students at Palisades Music Studio.
Alexander Peskanov was born in Odessa, Ukraine, where he attended the Stoliarsky School of Music. Peskanov is a composer of numerous works, but has mainly focused on music involving the piano. Peskanov has written 16 piano concertos, including 13 for young pianists of different levels. His Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings was selected for use by the National Federation of Music Clubs between 2004 and 2020 as well as his Spring Concerto for 2016 - 2020. Mr. Peskanov has been awarded 1st Prize at 2017 Fidelio Composer's Competition in Madrid, Spain. Peskanov has recorded for Naxos Record’s American Classics series and Musical Heritage Society. He is the recipient of three special ASCAP awards.
Rzewski began playing piano at age 5. He attended Phillips Academy, Harvard and Princeton, where his teachers included Randall Thompson, Roger Sessions, Walter Piston and Milton Babbitt.
Many of Rzewski's works are inspired by secular and socio-historical themes, show a deep political conscience and feature improvisational elements. Some of his better-known works include The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (36 variations on the Sergio Ortega song El pueblo unido jamás será vencido), a set of virtuosic piano variations written as a companion piece to Beethoven's Diabelli
Randall Woolf studied composition privately with David Del Tredici and Joseph Maneri, and at Harvard, where he earned a Ph.D. He is a member of the Common Sense Composers Collective. He is the Composer/Mentor for the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and grants from NYSCA, NYFA, Meet The Composer, the Cary Trust, and others.
He has created 3 pieces for video and live instruments with directors Mary Harron (director of “American Psycho”) and John C. Walsh, most recently “Gandharba’s Song”, commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic for concertmaster Deborah Buck.
Composer-pianist Robert Cunningham studied piano at Duke University and the Juilliard School of Music. While remaining active as a performer, his focus later turned more to composition, where he developed a highly original and personal Romantic style. In addition to four piano sonatas and numerous shorter piano works, he has composed for a variety of chamber ensembles, for voice and chorus, and for piano and orchestra. He obtained a master’s degree in composition from Georgia State University in 1995 and a PhD in music theory from Florida State University in 1999. Now retired and living in Gilbert, Arizona, the composer is engaged in a long-term project to publish high-quality editions of his works, to get as many of them recorded as possible, and generally to communicate them to a wider audience.