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University of Arizona School of Music
The University of Arizona College of Fine Arts
Composition Area Coordinator
Daniel Asia, b. Seattle, WA 1953, has been an eclectic and unique composer from the start. He has enjoyed the usual grants from Meet the Composer, a UK Fulbright award, Guggeneheim Fellowship, MacDowell and Tanglewood fellowships, ASCAP and BMI prizes, Copland Fund grants, and numerous others. From 1991-1994 he was Composer- in Residence of the Phoenix Symphony.
Asia's five symphonies have received wide acclaim from live performance and their international recordings. The Fifth Symphony was recently finished for the Tucson and Jerusalem symphony orchestras in celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary.
His various orchestral works have been performed by the Cincinnati Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others.
In the chamber music arena, Mr. Asia has written for, and been championed by, the Dorian Wind Quintet, American Brass Quintet, Meadowmount Trio, Cypress Quartet, Andre-Michel Schub (piano), Carter Brey (cello), Alex Klein (oboe), Benjamin Verdery (guitar), John Shirley-Quirk and Sara Watkins (baritone and oboe), Jonathan Shames (piano), violinists Curtis Macomber, Gregory Fulkerson, Mark Rush and Zina Schiff, and Robert Dick (flute). Under a Barlow Endowment grant, he is presently writing for The Czech Nonet, the longest continuously performing chamber ensemble on the planet, founded in 1924.
The recorded works of Daniel Asia may be heard on the labels of Summit, New World, Attacca, Albany, Babel, and Mushkatweek. For further information, visit the Daniel Asia website at www.danielasia.net.
Electro-Acoustic Music Studio, Director
Craig Walsh's music has been described by Richard Buell of the Boston Globe as "teemingly imaginative, from a composer whom we want to hear more." Robert Carl of Fanfare Magazine remarked, "The energy in this music...gives one a buzz." And Records International noted, "a particular sensitivity to the nuances of timbre and the possibilities afforded by the use of unusual instrumental combinations."
Dr. Walsh is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Meet The Composer/MetLife Creative Connection Grant, Jebediah New Music Commission, Lee Ettelson Composers Award for chamber music, Salvatore Martirano Award from the University of Illinois, Concorso Internazionale Luigi Russolo (Italy), National Association of Composers in the United States (NACUSA), Friends and Enemies of New Music (NYC), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Siday Prize for Musical Creativity from the International Computer Music Association (ICMC), and grants from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), among others.
His acoustic and electro-acoustic music has been presented in the United States, Europe, South America, New Zealand, and Asia. Notable performances include those at Weill Recital Hall, the Mondavi Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Hong-Kong City Hall Theatre, Dom Oruzanih snaga "Army Hall" in Sarajevo, Bourges International Electronic Music Festival (France), Third Practice Festival (University of Richmond), Boston CyberArts Festival, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Australasian Computer Music Conference, Trinity and Royal Northern Colleges of Music (UK), Korean Computer Music Festival, Hogeschool Gent Conservatorium (Belgium) and the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music, among others.
His music has been performed by such groups as New York New Music Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, Manhattan String Quartet, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, University of Missouri St. Louis Dance Company, Oberlin Sinfonietta, Wellesley Composer's Conference Chamber Orchestra, Lontano New Music (UK), Mallarme Chamber Players, New York University New Music Ensemble, Lydian String Quartet, Middle Voices; and soloists Rhonda Rider, Daniel Stepner, Stephen Gosling, David Fulmer, Madeleine Shapiro, Mark Rush, Norm Weinberg, Todd Rewoldt, F. Gerard Errante, Andrew Willis and Philipp Staudlin.
Dr. Walsh's music is recorded on Albany Records, Centaur Records and the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States CD series. His music is published by European American Music and CWM Music (ASCAP).
Craig Walsh studied at the Mannes College of Music (B.Mus.) and Brandeis University (M.F.A., Ph.D.). His composition teachers include Martin Boykan, Eric Chasalow, Robert Cuckson, David Loeb, and Yehudi Wyner. Prior to his appointment at the University of Arizona, he served on the composition and theory faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a board member of The New West Electronic Arts and Music Organization (NWEAMO).