Molly Morkoski performs
Nocturne in the Age of Covid-19
by Gary Philo
GARY PHILO, born in Jersey City, New Jersey, grew up in Yorktown Heights, NY, playing trombone in school orchestras and bands, and guitar and bass in folk, rock, and later, jazz bands. His works have been performed by many individuals and groups, including Mary Rowell, Geoffrey Burleson, Loadbang, the Guidonian Hand, James Bergin, Emily Kalish, Transient Canvas, Collage, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Vermont Philharmonic, the Silesian Philharmonic, James Dunham, Nicholas Underhill, The Cleveland Chamber Collective, and others. He is a recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship, awarded by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, has been commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts, and has received grants from Meet-the-Composer and CAP. He has also received fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center where he studied with Hans Werner Henze, and the Composers Conferenceat Wellesley. Recordings include Spring Music for orchestra, available on MMC Recordings, his sextet Lech Lecha, recorded by the Cleveland Chamber Collective, and Three Pieces for Piano, recorded by Nicholas Underhill and available on Capstone Records. Mr. Philo serves on the board of the League of Composers/ISCM, is a member of the American Composers Alliance and BMI, and was a founding member of Composers in Red Sneakers, a Boston-based composers cooperative that produces concerts of their works and the works of other composers. He holds degrees from Berklee College of Music (BM), the New England Conservatory of Music (MM), where he studied composition with William Thomas McKinley and Columbia University (DMA), where his principal teachers were Mario Davidovsky, Jack Beeson, and Chou Wen-chung.
Little Pieces for Piano
Homage á Larry Coryell, for solo guitar
Remembrance, for solo guitar
Dance With The Departed, for fl/pic, cl/b.cl, perc, piano, violin, cello
String Trio No. 2
String Quartets No. 3, 4
Adagio for String Orchestra
Giocoso for Two Violins
Duos for Violin and Viola, written for James Bergin and Emily Kalish
New pieces for string orchestra, written for CIAO! conducted by, James Bergin
Five Impromptus for Solo Piano
Nocturne for Orchestra
Quartet in Two Parts, for Clarinet and String Trio
String Quartet No. 2
contact: gphilo at gmaildotcom
Pianist Molly Morkoski has performed as soloist and collaborative artist throughout the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, and Japan. Her playing has been recognized by The New York Times as “strong, profiled, nuanced … beautifully etched … . an energetic and focused player … . with flexibility and warmth …” and The Boston Globecalled her “outstanding.” In 2007, she made her solo debut in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage playing Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Op. 126. As a soloist, she enjoys championing the classics, such as Bach’s Goldberg Variations and contemporary masterworks such as Ives’ Concord Sonata and Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus, as well as premiering new works of current composer colleagues, such as John Harbison, Steven Mackey, and Gabriela Lena Frank. Molly Morkoski has performed in many of the country’s prestigious venues, including Weill and Zankel Halls, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Boston’s Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall, St. Louis’ Powell Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian. Internationally, she has performed at the Teatro Nacional in Santo Domingo, the Strasbourg Conservatoire, the U.S. Embassies in Paris and Nice, and in Japan’s Suntory Hall. She has performed concertos with the Raleigh, Asheville, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Tuscaloosa Symphonies, and with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Molly Morkoski is a member of Meme, Open End, and Exponential Ensembles and has collaborated with some of today’s leading musicians, including Dawn Upshaw, John Adams, John Corigliano, and David Robertson. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New World Symphony, Speculum Musicae, Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her debut solo CD, Threads, was released on Albany Records, to critical acclaim, and she has enjoyed numerous other recording collaborations, most recently Compadrazgo a disc dedicated to the piano music of Gabriela Lena Frank. Molly Morkoski was a Fulbright Scholar to Paris, where she was an apprentice with the Ensemble Intercontemporain. The recipient of many awards, she holds degrees from UNC Chapel Hill, Indiana University Bloomington, and SUNY Stony Brook. She has given masterclasses at numerous universities and has served as a chamber music coach for programs at Juilliard Pre-College, New York Youth Symphony, SUNY Stony Brook, Columbia and more. She is currently Associate Professor of Piano at CUNY-Lehman College in the Bronx.
William Anderson is a guitarist and composer and an advisor to the Roger Shapiro Fund.