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Rreze Kryeziu

(b Peja, Kosovo, Nov 19, 1982). Kosovar Albanian composer. In 2001 he finished at the Prenke Jakova music high school in Prishtina and then continued studies in the Academy of Music, branch of General Musical Pedagogy, in the University of Pristina, Kosovo. He completed his pedagogical studies in ...

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Marta Cureses

(b Palma de Mallorca, Aug 24, 1931; d Madrid, October 29, 2006). Spanish composer. He began his musical studies at the Barcelona Conservatory with Gabriel Gálvez, Luis Millet, Juan Pich Santasusana, Joan Gibert Camins, Joaquín Zamocois and Eduardo Toldrá, and later removed to Geneva to broaden his training. His tireless professional work extended beyond composition to directing various musical and ballet groups, orchestration, performing as a pianist, music criticism on radio and television, and teaching. He taught composition and fugue at the Seville Conservatory until ...

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Edward Komara

(b Melrose, MA, April 1, 1921; d Annapolis, MD, Jan 29, 2003). American composer. Early studies with nadia Boulanger at the Longy School of Music (1941–2) were halted by service in the US Army in World War II, which he later documented in his memoir ...

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Virginia Allen

(b Morgan, TX, June 13, 1927). American conductor, composer, arranger, and trumpeter. Allen began trumpet lessons at age seven with his father, a 50-year Texas school band director, and later studied with Jimmy Burke of the Goldman Band and Lloyd Geisler of the National SO. During 45 years of military service, he conducted US Army bands, including the 101st Airborne Division Band. His career culminated with his appointment as Leader and Commander of The United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own) in Washington, DC, ...

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Lars Helgert

(b Pontiac, MI, June 12, 1957). American jazz pianist and composer. She began classical piano study at age seven with Patricia Wilhelm, who also encouraged her interest in jazz. After graduating from Detroit’s Cass Technical High School in 1975 (where trumpeter Marcus Belgrave was one of her teachers), she studied with John Malachi at Howard University (BA ...

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Barry Long

(b Louisville, KY, May 25, 1924). American alto saxophonist and bandleader. He began clarinet lessons when he was ten and later took up alto saxophone. After joining the US Army at 18 years of age, Allen performed in military bands and, while stationed in Paris, formed a trio with Art Simmons and Don Byas. Allen remained in Europe following his discharge, touring with James Moody and studying clarinet at the Paris Conservatory with Ulysse Delécluse. He returned to the United States in ...

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Suzanne L. Moulton-Gertig

(b Mineola, NY, July 11, 1954). American harpist and pedagogue. She studied early with Marion Bannerman, Pearl Chertok, and Mario di Steffano, and in Paris with Lily Laskine in summer 1972. She received degrees from the Juilliard School (BM, MM), working with Marcel Grandjany...

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Mark Tucker

(b New York, NY, Dec 16, 1921; d Encino, CA, Oct 30, 2000). American composer, radio and television personality, pianist, singer, and comedian. The son of Belle Montrose and Billy Allen, both of whom worked in vaudeville, he moved from place to place as a child, attending many schools for short periods of time. He played piano from an early age, although his musical training was mainly informal. He began a professional career in Los Angeles as a disc jockey on radio during the 1940s, then turned to television in the 1950s; he established himself as a comedian, and often played the piano during his shows, improvising jazz and singing his own songs. Among the musicians who appeared with him regularly was the vibraphonist Terry Gibbs. Allen’s most popular television program was “The Tonight Show,” which he began broadcasting locally in New York in ...

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Klaus Linder

(b Santiago, Feb 24, 1928). Chilean composer. His mother, Rebeca Blin, was a teacher at the Conservatory of the State University in Santiago, and his father, Adolfo Allende-Saron, was a composer, choirmaster and critic. He studied with his uncle Pedro Humberto Allende and (...

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Bruce Tychinski

(b Detroit, MI, Sept 9, 1959).

American trombonist. Widely regarded as one of the finest trombonists of the later 20th and the 21st centuries, Joseph Alessi began his studies with his father in San Rafael, California prior to enrolling at the Curtis Institute of Music from ...

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Barry Kernfeld

(bWinnemucca, NV, May 26, 1915; dSan Francisco, Oct 3, 2004). Americandouble bass player. He grew up in San Francisco, played clarinet through his primary and high-school years, and took up double bass while at Sacramento Junior College. At the beginning of the 1940s he performed and made recordings with Lionel Hampton on double bass and electric bass guitar (...

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Andra McCartney

(b Toronto, Feb 6, 1952). Canadian composer. She earned the BMus (1975) from the University of Toronto, the MFA (1977) from Princeton University and the DMA (1982) from the University of Southern California. Her teachers included John Weinzweig, Gustav Ciamaga, Nadia Boulanger and Oscar Peterson at the University of Tornto and Milton Babbitt and Claudio Spies at Princeton. After teaching at the Royal Conservatory and the University of Western Ontario, she began teaching at Queen’s University (Kingston) in ...

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Patrick O’Connor

(b Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe, July 20, 1947). French soprano. She studied in Bonneville, and then Geneva where she graduated from the Centre Lyrique. She made her début at the Opéra-Studio in Paris as Pamina in 1976, and then joined the Lyons Opéra, where she remained a member of the company until ...

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Mark Lomanno

(b Sincelejo, Colombia, Feb 18, 1949). American saxophonist of Colombian birth. His father was a percussionist who performed traditional Colombian music and Almario began his career playing in this style. Influenced by the Cuban music that was popular along the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Almario studied wind instruments and theory in Barranquilla, where he later moved. After a tour of the United States in ...

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(b Lisbon, May 21, 1940). Portuguese composer and conductor. He began his music studies with Marina Dwander, Artur Santos and Joly Braga Santos. In 1959 he completed his higher degree in piano studies with Campos Coelho at the National Conservatory, Lisbon. In 1960...

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Mikko Heiniö

(b Helsinki, June 13, 1953). Finnish conductor and composer. He studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Jorma Panula (diploma 1979) and shared first prize in the Nordic Conductors’ Competition at Norrköping. He was conductor of the Polytechnic Orchestra (...

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Christiane Heine

(b Ochandiano, Vizcaya, July 16, 1929; d Madrid, June 5, 2002). Spanish composer. After early musical training in Medina de Pomar and Burgos, Bernaola, who used his mother’s surname, began his career as a professional clarinettist. He studied composition with Enrique Massó, Francisco Calés Otero and Julio Gómez at the Real Conservatorio, Madrid, and he also attended summer courses given by Jolivet and Tansman in Santiago de Compostela (...

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Angel Medina

(b Villarín de Campos, Zamora, Aug 25, 1925; d Bilbao, September 5, 2002). Spanish composer. He studied initially at the Ciudad Rodrigo Seminary with Cándido Ledesma (1936), becoming a priest in 1948 and then studied in Salamanca with Hilario Goyenechea, and (...

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Terence J. O’Grady and Bryan Proksch

(b Los Angeles, CA, March 31, 1935). American trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and record company executive. He studied trumpet as a child and left college to play in the army for a two-year period. After three years of producing records on his own, he launched A&M Records with Jerry Moss in ...

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Jean-Yves Bosseur

(b Buenos Aires, Feb 19, 1941). Argentine pianist and composer. He worked with Berio and Maderna in 1965; after two years at SUNY, Buffalo (1966–8) he moved to Berlin, then to Paris in 1973. In 1969, with the collaboration of Vinko Globokar and Michel Portal, he founded New Phonic Art, an ensemble dedicated to new forms of improvisation. He was awarded the Guggenheim Prize in New York in ...