- Sam Di Bonaventura
(b Stockholm, Dec 30, 1952). American composer and pianist. She graduated in piano and composition from Bennington College, Vermont, where she studied with Henry Brant, Louis Calabro, Vivian Fine and Lionel Nowak. She has been composer-in-residence for the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, director of the Philadelphia New Orchestral project and president of the New Music Alliance. Davidson has been awarded many commissions, state and national fellowships, including the Pew Fellowship in 1992, and Meet the Composer Awards, gaining residencies with Opera Delaware and the Newark SO.
Davidson has been influenced by the highly individual styles of American composers such as Ruggles and Cowell. Her rhythmically driven music achieves striking effects with simple changes in harmony. She skilfully manages tension and release, often unfolding her works in linear fashion, with one event ending as the next begins. She brings a sense of beauty and emotion to a strict organizational structure....