About Tobias Picker
American composer Tobias Picker, who is currently celebrating his 60th birthday season, is described by BBC Music Magazine as “displaying a distinctively soulful style that is one of the glories of the current musical scene.” He has composed numerous works in every genre and has had works commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the Helsinki Philharmonic. Mr. Picker began composing at the age of eight and studied at the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School and Princeton University where his principal teachers were Charles Wuorinen, Elliott Carter and Milton Babbitt. His first commissions occurred while still in his late teens and, by the age of thirty, he was the recipient of awards including the Bearns Prize (Columbia University), a Charles Ives Scholarship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He received the Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1992 and was elected into the Academy in 2012. His first opera, Emmeline, saw its premiere at the Santa Fe Opera in 1996, and his fourth opera, An American Tragedy, was commissioned by and premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005. His adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox was commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Opera, and his Thérèse Raquin was commissioned by The Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, and Opera de Montreal. Mr. Picker’s first ballet, Awakenings, toured across the UK with the Rambert Dance Company throughout the 2010/11 season. Dolores Claiborne, Picker’s fifth opera, premiered at San Francisco Opera on September 15, 2013. Mr. Picker is currently the Artistic Director of The Opera San Antonio at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, and his music is published exclusively by Schott Helicon Music Corporation.
About MACE (Mannes American Composers Ensemble)
Directed by Mannes faculty composer Lowell Liebermann, MACE (The Mannes American Composers Ensemble) is a large ensemble which focuses on the music of living American composers. MACE not only presents works by iconic American masters such as John Adams and William Bolcom, but also cutting-edge works by up and coming composers. The ensemble aims to embrace as broad a view possible of the incredibly diverse and vital landscape of contemporary American Music. This season will include performances of the music of Mannes 2013/14 composer-in-residence Uri Caine and also Ned Rorem, Huang Ruo, David Del Tredici, Louis Karchin, Derek Bermel, Lewis Spratlan, Tobias Picker, Luna Pearl Woolf and Pulitzer Prize-winning Mannes alumna Shulamit Ran. Click here to download past and future MACE programs.
About Mannes College The New School for Music
Founded in 1916 by David Mannes and Clara Damrosch, Mannes became part of The New School in 1989. A leading conservatory of classical music, the college provides professional training for some of the most talented student musicians in the world. The comprehensive curriculum, the faculty of world-class artists and the resources of a progressive university support students in their quest for virtuosity in vocal and instrumental music, conducting, composition and theory. Like the students they teach, Mannes faculty members come from every corner of the world. They include performers and conductors from prominent orchestras, ensembles and opera companies and renowned solo performers, composers and scholars from every field of classical music.
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