Date: April 4 2014 12:00pm
The Department of Music is honored to welcome Raphael Fusco to the Hotchkiss Hall Stage. Playing his own compositions, Fusco will feature harpsichord works composed while in residency at the Piccola Accademia di Montisi (Italy) during the summer of 2013. He will present other compositions and be joined on stage by other musicians. This concert is co-sponsored by the Washington College Concert Series.
Raphael Fusco is in high demand as a composer, collaborative keyboardist, and conductor in America and in Europe. He began his piano studies at age eight and composed his first pieces when he was ten. His catalog includes over 80 compositions of vocal, chamber, and orchestral music. A specialist in early music and modern improvisation, his eclectic language combines sonorities of jazz and popular genres with gestures and techniques of the Baroque and Classical eras.. The Hartford Courant praised his music as “full of energy and lyricism” and El Mundo noted Mr. Fusco as “one of the most outstanding emerging composers.” The New York Times hailed his performance at Le Poisson Rouge “winning and accomplished.”
In 2012 the Cecilia Chorus of NY commissioned and premiered his Divis Cetera: An Ode from Mount Soracte for choir and orchestra in Isaac Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall. His song cycle “Unsolicited Advice” received an award from the NATS Art Song Competition and was premiered by Lunatics at Large in Weill Hall in 2011. In 2010 his “Nouvelles Pieces de Clavecin” received an award from the Alienor International Harpsichord Competition and New York Repertory Orchestra premiered his Sinfonia Drammatica which was a finalist for the American Prize.
Current projects include a recording of his compositions for baroque instruments with Duo Caminiti-Arnone and baroque violinist Julia Schröder, an opera on the Sumerian creation myth, Atrahasis, and a recording of free improvisations for two pianos with Kurt Thum.
Mr. Fusco is professor of composition, analysis and music history at Mahanaim College and is on faculty at Turtle Bay Music School. He holds degrees from Mannes College of Music and G. Verdi Conservatorio of Turin and also studied at the Paris Schola Cantorum and Vienna Konservatorium. For more please visit www.raphaelfusco.com.