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Agustín Fernández

(b Oruro, Aug 12, 1950). Bolivian composer. He left Bolivia for Rome at the age of 19 to study composition with Ravinale at the Conservatorio di S Cecilia (1969–77) and with Donatoni at the Academia di S Cecilia Academy (1979–80...

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Sophie Fuller

(b Kingston, Sept 30, 1949). British composer of Jamaican origin. She played the guitar with the acclaimed Jamaican Folk Singers while still at school. In 1970 she moved to London to study the piano and singing at the RAM, where her teachers included Richard Stoker. Her early musical career involved working as a concert pianist as well as dancing with the African dance company Fontom From. In ...

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Jonas Westover

(b Baton Rouge, LA, Jan 10, 1950). American baritone. Albert was born, raised, and trained in the South; he received his first degree from Louisiana State University (BM) in 1972 and a few years later completed his Master’s degree in Music from Southern Methodist University. He made his debut in the Houston Grand Opera’s ...

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Rudolf Lück

(b Essen, July 19, 1935; d Berlin, Germany, February 2, 2014). German conductor, son of Hans Albrecht. He studied conducting under Brückner-Rüggeberg at the Hamburg Musikhochschule (1955–8), and musicology at the universities of Kiel and Hamburg. He won the international conductors’ competitions at Besançon (...

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E. Ron Horton

(b Hollywood, CA, Aug 30, 1957). American jazz and pop saxophonist. With Grover Washington jr and George Benson he was at the forefront of a movement in the 1970s that combined a jazz sensibility with more mass-market styles such as funk, rock, and rhythm and blues. Albright attended Locke High School where Patrice Rushen was a fellow student. At the University of Redlands, he read business management with a minor in music; during this time he refined his saxophone technique and learned to play bass guitar. He subsequently performed and recorded with Rushen, playing the well-known saxophone solo on her hit single “Forget me nots” (Rhino, ...

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Jonas Westover

(b Upper Darby, PA, April 2, 1957).

American composer and writer on music. As a young man, Alburger studied the oboe, playing with such groups as the Philadelphia and Delaware Youth Orchestras, where he had the opportunity to work with George Crumb and George Rochberg. His interest in composition had already been ignited before college, and he studied with ...

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Lothar Knessl

(b Zagreb, Oct 21, 1928; d October 9, 2012). Austrian composer of Hungarian birth. She studied at the Vienna Musikhochschule (1951–7), where her teachers included Bruno Seidlhofer (piano) and Alfred Uhl (composition). Upon the completion of her studies, she received a year’s scholarship for study in Rome. She taught members of the Vienna Boys’ Choir (from ...

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Francesc Taverna-Bech

(b Sant Feliu de Llobregat, June 10, 1943; d Barcelona, June 11, 1985). Catalan organist and composer. He studied the organ with Torrent, Rilling, Germani, J. Reiberger and Peeters. In 1973 he became an organ teacher at the Barcelona Conservatory. He studied composition with Bernhardt Rovenstrunck and achieved the highest commendation. He attended courses at Santiago de Compostela, Granada, Darmstadt and the Seminary of American Studies in Salzburg (...

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Michael Russ

( b Belfast, Jan 22, 1962). Northern Irish composer . He attended the University of Ulster (BMus 1985) where he studied matrix composition, a technique used in many of his works, with David Morriss, and the University of Durham (PhD 1992) where he studied with John Casken and Peter Manning. In ...

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Michael Walsh and Peter Mondelli

(b Baltimore, MD, Oct 4, 1949). American tenor. He was trained by Rilla Mervine and Raymond McGuire at Catholic University, Washington, DC (1969–72), by Oren Brown at the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School (1972–6), and by Marlene Malas. While at the American Opera Center he made his debut as Ernesto (in Donizetti’s ...

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Richard Wigmore

( b Rome, Jan 25, 1960). Italian harpsichordist, organist and conductor . Largely self-taught, he conducted his first major concert, of Cavalli's Calisto, in Rome in 1985, with a group of singers that were to form the nucleus of a permanent ensemble, Concerto Italiano. The ensemble's first recording, of Monteverdi's fourth book of madrigals, was widely acclaimed for its passion and colour, winning a ...

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Raquel Bustos Valderrama

(b Breslau [now Wrocław], June 8, 1924; d Aug 7, 2005). Chilean composer and educator of German origin. She emigrated to Chile in 1939 and adopted Chilean nationality in 1951. She studied with Frè Focke (1949–53) in Chile and with René Leibowitz...

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Noël Goodwin and Claudio Vellutini

(b Lynchburg, VA, March 3, 1949). American soprano. She studied at the University of Michigan, and continued her training at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, and the Netherlands Opera Studio, with which she made her debut in La cambiale di matrimonio (Rossini). Making her home in Amsterdam, she sang a variety of roles with the Netherlands Opera, one of them in the premiere of Viktor Ullmann’s ...

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Gary W. Kennedy

(b Boston, Sept 25, 1935; d Brooklyn, NY, June 14, 2006). American tenor and soprano saxophonist. He was born into a musical family and attended the Boston Conservatory (BM). In 1956 he recorded with Paul Chambers as a pianist. Having moved to New York in ...

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Bryce Morrison

(b Moscow, Aug 10, 1947). Russian pianist. He studied at the Central School of Music in Moscow and later at the Moscow Conservatory with Dmitry Bashkirov. A familiar and quietly formidable figure on the international competition circuit, he achieved major successes in Paris (second prize in the ...

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George Vlastos

(b Athens, Feb 17, 1960). Greek composer, musicologist, and keyboard player. Born into an artistic family, he took up jazz and free improvised music. During the period 1977–84 he took his first lessons in composition with Yannis Ioannidis while he also studied law at the University of Athens. Thereafter he continued his studies in composition at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule (now Robert Schumann University, Düsseldorf) with Guenther Becker until ...

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Jorge Luis Acevedo Vargas

(b San José, 1948). Costa Rican composer. He studied the piano and composition at the National Music Conservatory. From 1976–80 he studied composition at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg with Klaus Huber and Ferneyhough, taking a postgraduate degree in composition. He attended courses and seminars on early and contemporary music, Gregorian chant and musical education in Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Argentina and Switzerland. He also studied the piano, theatre and history. He was appointed a lecturer in musical appreciation, music history, composition and analysis at the National University Music School. He has also taught at the University of Costa Rica and was a guest professor in the United States, at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University....

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Gareth Dylan Smith

(b Philadelphia, PA, July 1, 1935; d New York, NY, Aug 13, 2009). American jazz drummer. He learned congas from the age of nine and studied percussion while in the US Army (1952–5). After attending the Granoff School in Philadelphia, he worked in jazz and rhythm-and-blues bands and in ...

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Marina Lobanova

(b Baku, May 28, 1947). Azerbaijani composer and pianist. She studied at the Music School attached to the Azerbaijan State Conservatory (1954–65) and then at the conservatory itself (composition with Kara Karayev and the piano with Khalilov), graduating in 1970 as a pianist and ...

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Russ Girsberger and Barry Kernfeld

(b New York, Dec 25, 1939; d New York, March 29, 2006). Drummer and percussionist. In 1957 he played with Dizzy Gillespie’s band at the Newport Jazz Festival, accompanying the singer Eartha Kitt. He studied biochemistry at the Carnegie Institute in Boston, but after graduating he focused on music, working locally with Chick Corea, Alan Dawson, Tony Williams, and, from ...