Archives: Composers

Andrew March

Andrew March was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom in 1973. In 1996, he studied composition with Jeremy Dale Roberts at the Royal College of Music, London. During his studies, he was awarded the United Music Publishers Prize and the English Song Prize, and on graduation, a Constant & Kit Lambert Award. In 1996, Andrew won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize. His orchestral piece “Marine – à travers les arbres” won first prize in the inaugural Masterprize International Composing Competition, was recorded by the BBC Philharmonic for the European Broadcasting Union and by the London Symphony Orchestra for EMI Classics at Abbey Road Studios. In 2004, Walton Music Corporation published “Be Still and Know” and in 2005, Andrew was involved in a collaborative project to write a number of bespoke choral pieces for the Chapel Choir of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. A CD, “Regina Caeli” (LAMM188D) was later released by Lammas Records. In June 2013, a setting of “De Profundis” was published by Paraclete Press, and later that year, Andrew visited New York City to attend rehearsals and introduce his “Three Pieces for Solo Cello” which were premièred at Weill Hall, Carnegie. In 2014, Indianapolis publisher Colla Voce Music Inc. published two sacred choral settings, Psalm 13 “How Long, O Lord”‘ and the evening vesper, “Marian Antiphon No. 3”.

Biography © Andrew March 2016

Jeffrey Bernstein

Jeffrey Bernstein is a California-based composer, conductor, pianist and educator. He is founding director of the Pasadena Master Chorale and artistic director of the Los Angeles Daiku and was for eleven years director of choral music at Occidental College. Bernstein holds music degrees from Harvard, Yale and UCLA. He has led choirs on fourteen tours of four continents and traveled extensively as a guest conductor, directing choirs and orchestras in Europe, Japan and throughout the United States.

Recently premiered works include Dreams of Japan with the Tokushima Symphony, Fukushima Requiem with the Los Angeles Daiku Orchestra, and The Human Journey and 21st Century 23rd Psalm, both commissioned and premiered by the L.A. Choral Lab.

Bernstein performs solo concerts of improvised piano music has released three piano albums: PianoJournals (2012), Clear Mind Calm Water (2015) and The Desert House (2015). A committed educator and strong advocate for children, Bernstein is the songwriter for the PBS Kids animated series “Let’s Go Luna”, and he teaches at the Pasadena Waldorf School.

Mikhail Johnson

Mikhail Johnson (1989) is one of Jamaica’s promising young pianists and composers. Winner of the Jamaica Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition for Young Musicians Senior Division in June of 2009 and the piano section of the Jamaica Music Teachers’ Association Music Competition in November of the same year, composer of piano and choral music, he has made consistent strides in the music profession.

As an active composer, He has been successful in competitions such being a finalist in the inaugural Cantus Ensemble Composition Competition in London where his composition Rose of Sharon received its world premiere and recording at the St. Gabriel’s Church in Pimlico, London by the Cantus Ensemble. ​In 2016 he was a winner of the North South Consonance Inc. Call for Scores resulting in world premiere performance of his piano work “Fantastic 4” at The Spectrum in New York City, and the Young and Emerging Composers Competition which led to the U.S. Premiere of “Misereatur” a version for string orchestra by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony in their NEOSonicFest Concert series.

Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science and a minor in music from Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Masters of Music degrees in piano performance and composition under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Satterlee (piano). Drs. Christopher Dietz and Mikel Kuehn (composition) from Bowling Green State University and is currently reading for his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at Texas Tech University.

Paul Cantelon

Paul Cantelon is American composer of film scores and contemporary classical music. He is also a violinist, pianist, and accordionist, and a founding member of the American alternative band Wild Colonials.

Born in Glendale, California. He was a music prodigy who made his violin debut at the age of 13 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.Inspired by the work of Donalee Reubenet, he started piano studies. He studied with Andre Gauthier at the Geneva Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, Jacob Lateiner at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, and Vlado Perlemuter at the Conservatoire de Paris.

In the early 90’s, Paul formed the eclectic band, Wild Colonials, with singer, Angela McCluskey, recording two albums for Geffen Records and performing with such artists as Joe Cocker, The Kinks, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, Rickie Lee Jones, King Crimson and Ry Cooder. The Wild Colonials recorded two albums for Geffen, selling in excess of 500,000 units.

In 1995, after composing a special centenary score for the Eisenstein classic silent film, Battleship Potemkin, Paul finished a new collection of works for solo piano and piano trio, opening the Montreux Jazz Festival. These works were met with much critical acclaim from artists as diverse as Pete Townsend, Chick Corea and Phillip Glass. World-renowned cellist, Yo Yo Ma, recently accompanied Paul for an exclusive performance of Paul’s original compositions, as well as works from the standard cello/piano repertoire.

In 2005, Paul began his venture into film with Liev Schreiber’s Everything Is Illuminated. He went on to score such films as the award winning Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007), Sony Pictures’ The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Oliver Stone’s W. (2008), New York, I Love You (2009), Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction (2010), Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2011), Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012), Oscar Winner Geoffrey Fletcher’s upcoming release Violet & Daisy, and Effie Gray, written by and starring Emma Thompson. Paul has also recently contributed original music to Jonathan Demme’s interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, called Fear Of Falling.

Kurt Kuenne

Kurt Kuenne is an award-winning filmmaker and composer of both fiction and documentary films.  He is a winner of the AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting who studied at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he won the Harold Lloyd Scholarship in Film Editing, while concurrently studying Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television under renowned film composers Buddy Baker and David Raksin at the USC School of Music.  He has scored all of his own films as director, which include the teen drama Scrapbook (1999), for which he was named one of the top 25 new faces of indie film by Filmmaker Magazine,  the documentary Drive-In Movie Memories (2001), which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival before running nationally on PBS, and the popular musical comedy short film series of Rent-A-Person, Validation, Slow and The Phone Book, which played more than 130 festivals around the world, winning more than 40 awards.  His documentary Dear Zachary was released in 2008 by Oscilloscope Laboratories and MSNBC, was named one of the top 5 documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review and was named one of the top 100 documentaries of all time by PBS POV;  his score for Dear Zachary was nominated for Best Documentary Score of 2008 by the International Film Music Critics Association.  His subsequent feature film, Shuffle (2011), starring TJ Thyne of TV’s “Bones”, played over two dozen film festivals, winning a dozen awards including the Frank Capra Award, and was released in 2012 by Screen Media Films.  He is the co-writer, editor and sound designer of the acclaimed Warner Bros. documentary Batkid Begins.  His work as composer also includes scoring the restoration of the silent classic Cyrano de Bergerac (1925, Kurt’s score was premiered by the San Diego Symphony in 1999);  the award-winning score for Preston Tylk, the feature film debut of NBC’s The Blacklist creator Jon Bokenkamp;  and writing the music and lyrics for an award-winning stage musical adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel The Looking Glass Wars.