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June 2015 – Paul has been appointed artistic director of a new festival, the The Danbury Chamber Music Intensive, which brings some of today’s most exciting musicians to Danbury, CT to teach and give concerts that feature unique genre-crossing, the classic favorites, and the music of living American composers in celebration of the legacy of Charles Ives, a native of Danbury.

May 2015 – Paul has been awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

September 2014 - Paul has been selected to take part in the Milwaukee Symphony Composer Institute. Guest Conductor Jeffrey Milarsky will lead the Milwaukee Symphony in a performance of Relic in October 2015.

About Paul Frucht

Originally from Danbury, CT, Paul Frucht is an emerging American composer whose music has been hailed for its “sense of lyricism, driving pulse, and great urgency” (WQXR). His music has received performances from orchestras including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, the NYU Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Orchestra, musicians of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra and chamber ensembles including American Modern Ensemble, Court-Circuit Ensemble, Ensemble dal Niente, the Hsin Trio, the Les Deux violin duo, Pulse New Music, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble among others. His music has also been featured on several music festivals and performing arts organizations including the, the Asia America New Music Institute, the Dynamic Music Festival, the Red Note New Music Festival, the Pulsing and Shaking Festival and at the Choreographic Institute at the New York City Ballet.

This summer, Paul’s music will be featured on the Utah Arts Festival and he will return as composer-in-residence to the pianoSonoma Festival, where the Longleash Trio will premiere his new piano trio in Weill Hall at the Greene Music Center. In August, Paul begins his position as the artistic director of a new music festival in Danbury, CT which brings some of today’s most exciting musicians to Danbury, CT to teach and give concerts that feature unique genre-crossing, the classic favorites, and the music of living American composers in celebration of the legacy of Charles Ives, a native of Danbury.

Paul is the recipient of numerous honors and awards in composition. In the spring of 2015, Paul was awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is also the recipient of three of the most prestigious prizes awarded to composition students by the Juilliard School: the Gena Raps Chamber Music Prize, the Arthur Friedman Award for outstanding orchestral composition, and the Palmer Dixon Prize for the most outstanding work by a student composer in an academic year. He has also received recognition from Periapsis Music and Dance, the American Modern Ensemble, and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and the American Composers Orchestra. He is the recipient of several scholarships from the Juilliard School, including the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship, the Arlene J. Smith Scholarship, and the Marvin Hamlisch Scholarship in Composition.

In 2013, Paul graduated with Master of Music Degree in Composition from the Juilliard School, where he is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate. In 2011, he graduated Magna Cum Laude earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from New York University’s Steinhardt School. His principal teachers have been Robert Beaser and Justin Dello Joio. An enthusiastic educator himself, Paul has been a music theory teaching fellow at Juilliard since 2012, has been a music theory instructor at the Juilliard Pre-College Division since 2013, and this fall, he will join the adjunct music theory and ear-training faculty at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Paul is passionate about writing music that reflects the world and contemporary American culture. In response to the Sandy Hook tragedy, Paul composed a piece for a small chamber ensemble entitled “Dawn,” which is dedicated to Dawn Hochsprung, the other 25 victims of the shooting, and their families. Paul attended Rogers Park Middle School from 2000 to 2003, where Dawn was an assistant principal. “Dawn” was premiered at Juilliard in April 2013 and has since received numerous performances in and around Connecticut since, most notably at a tribute ceremony to Dawn at Rogers Park in June 2013.

Works

List of Works By Category

Chamber Music

Impulse (2015) for piano trio
Duration: 10 minutes
Commissioned by pianoSonoma for the Longleash Trio. Premiere anticipated for August 2015 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA.

Rhapsody (2014) for violin duo
Duration: 9 minutes, 30 seconds
Composed Les Deux Violins
Premiere 2015 TBA

Double Cascade (2014) for piano duo
Duartion: 9 minutes
Composed for the pianoSonoma Festival
Premiered by David Alasashvilli and Peter Dugan at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA

In Wind (2014) for flute, piano, violin, and cello
Duration: 5 minutes
Commissioned by the pianoSonoma Festival
Premiered by participants of the pianoSonoma Festival at the Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA

The Visitor (2014) for Pierrot Ensemble
Duartion: 10 minutes, 30 seconds
Composed for Ensemble dal Niente and the Red Note New Music Festival
To be premiered in March 2014 by Ensemble dal Niente at the Red Note New Music Festival in Normal, IL.

Four Extraordinary Temperaments (2013 - 2014) for String Quartet
Duration: 25 minutes
Composed for the Kleio Quartet
Premiered March 2014 at Morse Hall at the Juilliard School

Dawn (2013) for Alto Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Harp
Duration: 6 minutes 30 seconds
Composed in dedication to Dawn Hochsprung, the other twenty-five victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, and their families.
Premiered by members of the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Matthew Aucoin in April 2013, subsequent performances conducted by Yuga Cohler as well as the Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, the Ridgefield Symphony, and the Sherman Chamber Ensemble.

Echo in Rogers Park (2013) for Violin and Piano
    I. The Field
    II. Song from Another Time
Duartion: 14 minutes 30 seconds
Premiered by Stefani Collins and Ben Laude in April 2013, subsequent performance by Julia Choi and Ben Laude.

Music for Dance ("Unraveled") (2012)
Duration: 10 minutes
Composed for the “Composers and Choreographers” program at Juilliard. Premiered by members of the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Gene Chang in Meredith Wilson Theatre in November 2012. Subsequent performances conducted by Yuga Cohler in Peter Jay Sharpe and Morse Hall.

String Quartet (2012)
Duration: 5 minutes
Composed for Node Contemporary Music.

Residuum (2011)
Duration: 10 minutes
Composed for Flutist Daniel James. Premiered by members of the Juilliard Orchestra in November 2011 in Paul Hall at the Juilliard School.

Bloom (2011)
    I. Emergence
    II. Vigilance
Duration: 16 minutes
Composed for Pulse New Music. Premiered in April 2011 at Merkin Concert Hall.

Orchestra/Large Ensemble

Dawn (2013) for orchestra
3(picc)-2(eh)-3(bcl)-2, 4-2-2-1, timp+2, hp, pno, strings
Composed in dedicated to Dawn Hochsprung, the other twenty-five victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, and their families.

Relic (2013) for Orchestra
Duration: 11 minutes 30 seconds
3(picc)-3(eh)-3(bcl)-3(cbn), 4-3-3-1, timp+4, hp, pno, strings
Premiered by Maestro Jeffrey Milarsky and the Juilliard Orchestra in Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre in February 2013.

Emergent Machine (2014) for Wind Ensemble
Duration: 8 minutes 30 seconds
Commissioned by the Music Parents’ Association of Fairfield High Schools, Inc.
Premiere TBA

Penumbra (2012) for Orchestra
Duration: 15 minutes
3 (picc)(alto)-2(eh)-3(bcl)-2, 4-3-3-1, timp+3, hp, pno, strings
Premiered by the San Diego Symphony through the American Composer’s Orchestra’s Earshot program in Copley Hall in April 2012.

Arrow in the Sand (2010) for Orchestra
Duration: 11 minutes
Composed for Ensemble dal Niente and the Red Note New Music Festival
To be premiered in March 2014 by Ensemble dal Niente at the Red Note New Music Festival in Normal, IL.

Solo Works

Five Piano Bagatelles (2013 - 2014)
Duration: 11 minutes
Composed for Robert Fleitz. Premiered anticipated for August 2015 as part of the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive Artist Concert Series at the Marian Anderson Recital Hall in Danbury, CT.

Exclamation (2010) for Flute
Duration: 4 minutes
Composed for Mike McCoy.

Vocal Works

Three States of Relativity (2015) for mezzo-soprano and piano
Duration: 15 minutes
    I. The Yesterday, text by Heather Burns
    II. Time Enough, text by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
    III. Mid-summer, was it, When they Died, text by Emily Dickinson
Composed for pianoSonoma guest artist mezzo-soprano Kara Seinz and artist-in-residence pianist Peter Dugan. Premiered anticipated for August 2015 in Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA.

Events

2015 - 2016 season

Saturday, August 2nd, at 3:00 PM

Impulse, for piano trio
Longleash Trio at the pianoSonoma Music Festival
Weill Hall at The Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA
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Tuesday, August 4th, at 5:30 PM

Impulse, for piano trio
In Wind, for flute, violin, cello, and piano
Three States of Relativity, song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano
Artists-in-Residence of the pianoSonoma Music Festival
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*performance includes an interactive discussion of the works and a wine tasting

Thursday, August 13th, at 7:00 PM

Five Piano Bagatelles
Robert Fleitz, piano on the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive (CMI) Artist Concert Series
Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre, Danbury, CT
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Friday, August 14th, at 7:30 PM

Echo in Rogers Park, for violin and piano
Hannah Ji, violin, and Ben Laude, piano on the CMI Artist Concert Series
Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre, Danbury, CT
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