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(b US, 1949). American bassoonist and composer. He earned degrees at the University of Kansas (BM, MM) and the Eastman School of Music (DMA 1980), where he worked with Austin Ledwith and David Van Hoesen, respectively. He also studied composition with John Pozdro, Samuel Adler, and warren Benson ...


Barbara A. Petersen

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(b Covington, KY, Sept 1, 1921). American composer and flute teacher. He attended Los Angeles City College and the University of Southern California (BA 1948, BM 1949, MM 1951, DMA 1953), where he studied composition with ernst Toch , gail Kubik , ernest Kanitz , and hanns Eisler . He also studied privately with peter jona Korn . His principal flute teachers were Ary Van Leeuwen, Archie Wade, Jules Furman, Frohman Foster, and William Hullinger; early in his career he played with the Corpus Christi (TX) and Muncie (IN) SOs and other ensembles. From 1953 to 1955, he taught at Del Mar College (Corpus Christi), and in 1957, after a year at Ball State University (Muncie), he joined the faculty of Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, becoming professor in 1966. He has received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship (1954) and two Huntington Hartford Foundation awards (1956, 1964). In ...


Danilo Mezzadri

(b Los Angeles, CA, June 3, 1946). American composer, conductor, flutist, and lecturer. Kessner studied composition with henri Lazarof at UCLA where he earned a PhD with Distinction in 1971. He taught music composition and theory at California State University, Northridge, from 1970 to 2006. Kessner has composed more than 100 works: orchestral (14), choir and stage (9), symphonic band (8), and various chamber music settings (80). His music is performed worldwide and has been recorded commercially. His compositional style evolved into centric harmony with explorations in microtonality and free rhythmic associations. While at California State University, he founded and directed The Discovery Players, a contemporary music performance group. He has served as guest conductor for several regional orchestras in the United States and for the Black Sea Philharmonic of Constanta, Romania. With his wife and pianist Dolly Eugenio Kessner, he created the Duo Kessner, which primarily performs contemporary flute literature. Since ...


David Wright

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(b Brooklyn, NY, March 15, 1933; d New York, NY, Feb 10, 2000). American oboist, teacher, and composer. He first studied recorder and flute, then switched to the oboe at the age of 12 to fill a school orchestra vacancy. His oboe teachers were Abe Klotzman at the High School of Music and Art, Lois Wann at the Henry Street Settlement, and harold Gomberg . He studied composition under Elliott Carter and karol Rathaus at Queens College, CUNY (BA 1950), and privately with ben Weber . In 1973 he began teaching oboe and chamber music at the Juilliard School; he was appointed adjunct professor at Yale University in 1975. Other teaching positions and residencies included SUNY, Stony Brook, the Aspen Music Festival, the Mannes College, and the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. He appeared frequently as a solo recitalist or guest artist, but is best known as principal oboist of several highly regarded chamber ensembles, including the ...


Gregorio Maria Paone

(b Capua, nr Naples, 1803; d Naples, 1860). Neapolitan clarinettist and composer. Ferdinando Sebastiani studied clarinet with Michele Rupp and composition with Fedele Fenaroli at the Real Collegio di Musica di San Sebastiano in Naples, where he eventually became a clarinet teacher himself. He also became principal clarinet of the Orchestra of Teatro San Carlo and of the Reale Cappella Palatina in Naples. As well as his orchestral activity he worked as a soloist and played in Paris, Florence, Vienna, and Naples. He wrote a huge number of pieces, which indicates how at that time even instrumentalists were keen on music composition.

Sebastiani used a particular clarinet made by the Neapolitan instrument maker Gennaro Bosa. A variant of the standard Müller clarinet, the Bosa clarinet required the use of the right thumb in order to make some passages easier, while in the Müller system of fingering the right thumb usually serves only to sustain the instrument....


Jason S. Bergman

(b Missoula, MT, Sept 13, 1952). American trumpeter, educator, and composer. Vizzutti studied at the Eastman School of Music where he received the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded to a wind player in the institution’s history. He is widely known for his exceptional versatility and virtuosic technique that have set him apart from other performers of his era. His career has included performances with Chick Corea, Doc Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. His numerous recordings, featuring many motion picture and video game soundtracks, include Back To The Future and Star Trek. As an educator he has taught at the University of Washington and been an Artist in Residence at the Eastman School of Music, the University of South Carolina, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State University, the Ohio State University, and the Trompeten Akademie in Bremen, Germany. As a composer, his works have received premieres from the Los Angeles Philharmonic....