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📷 Students walking along Aj's Way
Originally from Morganville, NJ, Glenn Einschlag began his appointment as principal bassoon of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in September of 1999. He has performed with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. As a soloist, Mr. Einschlag has played numerous solo recitals as well as various concerti with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. In June of 2007, Mr. Einschlag performed the Françaix bassoon concerto and a recital at the annual conference of the International Double Reed Society in Ithaca, New York.
As an avid chamber musician, Mr. Einschlag has participated in many music festivals including those of Aspen, Tanglewood, Spoleto (USA), and Domaine Forget where he became heavily influenced by the noted bassoon pedagogue Norman Herzberg. He has studied at such schools as The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he was awarded a Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Benjamin Kamins.
Canadian composer, Marjan Mozetich, was born of Slovenian parentage in Gorizia, Italy in 1948 and emigrated to Canada in l952. He began his musical training in piano and theory at the age of 9 in Hamilton, ON . Later he pursued studies in composition with John Weinzweig and Lothar Klein at the University of Toronto. In 1972 he received a Bachelor of Music Degree and an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto Diploma in piano performance. From l973-74, with the assistance of the Canada Council of the Arts, Mr. Mozetich continued his studies privately under the supervision of Luciano Berio in Rome, Franco Donatoni at the Academia Chigiana, Siena, and privately in London under the supervision of David Bedford.
Early in his career he was active in the avant guard music circles. He co-founded and was artistic director of the contemporary ensemble, ARRAYMUSIC. His works were performed by prominent new music ensembles across Canada and abroad, and had received several awards: in particular, second prize in the prestigious International Gaudeamus Composers' Competition in Holland and first prize in the CAPAC (SOCAN)-Sir Ernest MacMillan Award, fellowship to the Instituto Musicale F.Canetti (Vicenza) and scholarship to the Academia Musicale Chigiana (Siena).His pieces continue to be broadcast and performed both domestically and internationally.
Stylistically he has evolved over the years from avant-guard expressionism, to minimalism, to a post-modern romanticism. Throughout, his music has remained accessible while still retaining an artistic individuality and integrity. Paradoxically, he has achieved an overtly Ôtraditional' and yet distinctively modern voice. Since the 80's he has developed into a unique style of post-modern romantic music: a blend of the traditional, popular and the modern which has been enthusiastically received by the musical public.His works have been performed, broadcast, throughout Canada and abroad, even on Canadian Airline's 'in flight' music programs.
Much of his music has been used by major contemporary dance companies such as Ballet B.C., Alberta Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, Ballets Du Nord (France). Mr. Mozetich has written compulsory pieces for the 1992 Banff String Quartet Competition and the 1995 Montreal International Music Competition for violin. In 1995 he was the honoured composer on postmodern music at the Gent Conservatory Music Festival in Belgium where three concerts with live national broadcast featured his compositions.
In 1996 his lush romantic work, THE PASSION OF ANGELS for 2 harps & orchestra, received its world premier with the Edmonton Symphony, and POSTCARDS FROM THE SKY were premiered by the Thirteen Strings in Ottawa. His violin concerto, AFFAIRS OF THE HEART, received a standing ovation at the premiere with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in 1997.
"One of the most important composers of our time." (Kingston Whig-Standard) Marjan Mozetich's compellingly beautiful music has found favour with outstanding artists, critics and audiences around the world. "His music generates the kind of joyousness you feel when you hear the young Mozart." (Toronto Star) "imploring with ... fullness of melodic beauty" (Dusseldorfer Feuilleton). His aim is to write music that expresses beauty, sensuousness and emotion - things that give him and his audiences pleasure.In February, 2000 the premiere of his Piano Concerto dedicated to Robertson Davies and created for and performed by the brilliant pianist Janina Fialkowska, received a standing ovation and critical acclaim. CBC Records has just released a new CD of his works titled AFFAIRS OF THE HEART under the leadership of Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra.This new CD from CBC Records captures three of Marjan Mozetich's orchestral compositions. When CBC Radio broadcast the concert performance of Mozetich's 1997 violin concerto, Affairs of the Heart, the switchboards lit up from coast to coast. There were numerous reports of what those who work in radio sometimes call "the driveway experience":where listeners are so captivated by what they're hearing, they remain in their cars, listening to the end, even though they've long since arrived home. Juliette Kang is the featured violinist.
The Passion of Angels (1995) is one of a rare breed of orchestral works featuring two solo harps, and it is the first such work by a Canadian composer. Mozetich says that "it was the Edmonton Symphony's harpist Nora Bumanis and Julia Shaw, former harpist of the Calgary Philharmonic, who specifically wanted me to write a piece for them. Their genuine love of my music was an inspiration."
Postcards from the Sky is the collective title of an ongoing series of short pieces for string orchestra. As the title suggests, these works are relatively short, evocative thoughts on the heavens at large, either literal or metaphorical.