Award-winning American composer Timothy Brown is one of the most popular and widely performed composers for the piano of his generation. He has been influenced greatly by the Italian composer Ennio Morricone, and Timothy’s music is noted for its “immediate emotional impact” and its roots in the neo-romantic style of music composition. He has embedded traditional formal structural elements in his wide array of compositions which includes orchestral, ballet, choral, chamber works, and over three hundred publications written specifically for the piano for “pedagogical purposes.”
He was born in Middletown, Ohio and his early piano and music theory studies were with Rebecca Shoup Willhide. His undergraduate studies were at Bowling Green State University, and he later received his master’s degree from the University of North Texas where he studied piano with Adam Wodnicki and music composition with Newel Kay Brown. Later he was a recipient of a research fellowship from the Royal Holloway, University of London, where he pursued his post-graduate studies in music composition and orchestration with the English composer, Brian Lock. He later continued his research at the well-known Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Foundation in Rome, Italy.
Early in his career, Timothy was awarded the first prize at the (2000) Alienor International Harpsichord Composition Competition (Centaur records). His world premieres have included commissions by The Daniel Pearl Music Foundation, The Music Teachers National Association Collaborative Composer Commission (2015), The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, and The Carter Albrecht Foundation. Through an artistic partnership with “the balletfoundation for the XXI Century” he received five commissions for contemporary works for dance including the staging of “three contemporary ballets” including “The Happy Prince” which is based on the writings of Oscar Wilde. His music has been showcased at numerous venues throughout North America and Europe including the Mozarthaus Vienna, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, the “Library of Congress Concert Series” in Washington D.C, the Spoleto Music Festival, and the Chapman University Symphony and Chorus. His most recent new Piano Concerto (2016), “The Classical Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” is written in the style of Prokofiev’s first symphony, Op. 25, “The Classical Symphony,” and was recently premiered by the Korean Concert Pianist, Hwa Jung Lee in the Dallas area. Timothy Brown is an exclusive composer/clinician for The FJH Music Company Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (ASCAP).
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Andrej Heinrich Klassen, Pianist, Teacher, and Conductor
Arnold Nevolovich was born in 1953, in St. Petersburg,Russia. In 1973 he graduated in composition from Musical College under the direction of V.Gavrilov. In 1978, he graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, named by Rimsky-Korsakov, as a composer and musical pedagogy under the direction of the famous Russian composer, Professor Slonimsky. Mr. Nevolovich has been a member of the Union of Composers of Russia since 1986. For several years he worked as a founder and the main adjudicator for the annual international competition for young composers called “I am a composer” in St Petersburg.
During this time, Mr. Nevolovich taught composition, music theory, and piano. He also worked as an accompanist in various musical schools of St. Petersburg. Mr. Nevolovich is ha been the recipient of awards from the International Competition for duet composers in Tokyo, Japan, where he received first and second prizes. In 2015, his Duet “Tango Vita” for piano for four hands received the first prize of Kawai in Tokyo. Since 1995, Mr. Nevolovich is a member of International Association of piano duets.
Arnold Nevolovich has authored compositions for piano, piano duets and ensembles, chamber music for violin, and choir and orchestra, vocal music, music for theatre and musicales, and arrangements of music for children. You can see his compositions in many books, published around the world. Arnold Nevolovich’s style of music possesses elements of contemporary, lyrical, and jazz melodies and rhythms. Since 1997 he lives in Germany with his family and works as a piano and composition teacher, a choir conductor, and plays in chamber ensembles and duets with his wife who is a musician as well.
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Ruslan Agababayev, Composer, pianist, producer
Ruslan Agababayev was born in 1976 in Baku, Azerbaijan where from an early age he showed a comprehensive musical talent. After graduating from Baku Music Academy, he continued his education in the US and received his Master’s Degree in Composition from New School University. Among his teachers were such great musicians and distinguished Professors as David Deltredici, Bruce Barth, Mike Holober, David Loeb and Ron Carter Elmira Safarova, Olga Homenchuk, Robson Yefraim. While in Azerbaijan, Mr. Agababayev toured extensively throughout the former Soviet Union and Europe. In the U.S. he has performed in classical and jazz festivals, where his own works, as well as his classical and jazz interpretations, were well received. Ruslan performed and shared the stage with such legendary musicians as Toots Thielemans, Teddy Charles, and Ron Carter.
His monumental composition, the cantata “Greetings to Heydarbaba,” written for symphonic orchestra and choir, was performed at the Fourth International Mugham Festival on March 18th, 2015 in Baku and brought him international recognition. In this piece Ruslan combined classical music along with traditional Azerbaijan Mugam.
Ruslan Agababayev is a multiple award winner, including the “ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers) Foundation Award,” “Mark Brunswick Composition Award,” and many others. He was nominated for “The Best Composition for Orchestra” nomination presented by ” New School University” . Mr. Agababayev is a resident composer for Bachanalia Orchestra and was commissioned to write compositions for renowned violinist Nina Belina. He extensively represents Azerbaijan Culture abroad. Among the projects he organized in New York was the International Festival dedicated to the memory of legendary Vagif Mustafazadeh , and the “Qara Qaraev Festival .” Since 1998 Ruslan has performed in a number of concerts featuring the ethnic music of Azerbaijan. Among Ruslan’s compositions are pieces for symphony orchestra and smaller chamber groups, vocal music, and compositions for jazz ensembles. By unifying the incredibly rich colors of Azeri Mugam with classical music as well as American Jazz, Ruslan is aspiring to capture the attention of various countries and introduce them to the entire richness of Azerbaijan culture from his perspective. One of the projects that Ruslan is working on is concentrated on expression of Azerbaijan culture through Mugam, and incorporates the diversity of musical cultural backgrounds including, but not limited to, Jazz, Latin American music, Balcan Music, Flamenco,and Middle Eastern Folk.
Examples of Mr. Agababayev’s works are below:
Cen Song Leng
Cen Song Leng was born in Wuhan, China in 1966. He graduated from the department of composition at Wuhan Conservatory of Music in 1993, studying with Zhongliang Tong, Zhimin Peng, and Jian Liu. He is now an associate Professor at Wuhan Conservatory of Music.
Professor Leng has won many academic awards, such as the Golden Bell Award, an honor in composition at China. He was invited to present as a keynote speaker at National Composition Symposium in 2001 and 2003. Also, the music by Professor Leng has been widely performed in China and festivals in Europe and the United States, such as 13th Sound&Music Computing Conference in Germany, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, 2017 International Computer Music Conference, MUSICACOUSTICA in Beijing and International Electronic Music Week. Professor Leng has composed for orchestral music, ballet, chorus, piano, electronic music, five elements of metal, and interactive computer music. He is especially good at Miao style clarinet and jazz piano.
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