Alba Music Festival: la musica non si è fermata!

Targato CN Italy | News Article | Per le mattinate Educational, alle 10.30 per l’International Composition Seminar a cura di Elliott McKinley, Four of the chosen 2020 Alba Composition Fellows – Kira Wales, Michael Grebla, Bernard Short, Austin Franklin, incontro con quattro giovani compositori prescelti per la presenza a Alba nel 2020. Si prosegue con lo spazio dedicato dal Festiva

Alba Music Festival (May 2020)

Piamont, Italy

An annual summer festival in the Piamont region of Italy bringing together artists internationally. I was commissioned to write a new work for the Borromeo String Quartet, though due to COVID-19, the festival was switched to an online format. Instead, I participated online and was featured as part of a livestream series, where I presented a recording of a prior quartet and took part in an interview.

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Alba 2020 Virtual Music Festival

The ALBA festival was due to proceed in person in Italy in late May this year, though due to COVID-19, plans the festival shifted online. I was glad to participate virtually by way of a seminar chaired by Prof. Elliott McKinley. The seminar was streamed directly from the ALBA website during the festival, though a record was uploaded to YouTube some days later which can be found below.

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Italy&USA – Alba Music Festival online 2020, i concerti dal 27 maggio

Cronaca Torino Italy | News Article | Il programma prosegue ininterrottamente fino al gran finale di domenica 31 maggio alle ore 17 (con replica alle 21), dove per l’ultimo concerto ci sarà un excursus tra gli artisti e i luoghi di Alba.

COVID-19 Interruption to Season

My 2020 season had some wonderful firsts planned, including my Italian Debut with the Borromeo String Quartet at Alba Music Festival, my Lincoln Centre Debut with a work for viola & cello with Rae Gallimore at Lincoln Centre, a work for solo harp for Melanie Genin at Roulette Brooklyn and more, but as is the case for many, the realities of Covid-19 not just in New York, but globally have meant those plans have had to change. As disappointing as it might be, changing those plans is a very small price to pay for the health and wellbeing of our community.

In this very difficult time, now more than ever, I believe the artist plays a critical role in inspiring resilience, unity and hope in the face of otherwise incomprehensible tragedies and disruption in our lives. To help rationalise this stark reminder of the fragility of our existence and our mortality.

It may be some time before the concert halls and public spaces open up as they once were, but I can assure you the music will not stop. Despite disruption to this year’s season proceeding as planned, I am hard at work on a series of new and innovative projects that will continue to reach people despite the restrictions of Covid-19. [YOUR SUPPORT]I look forward to announcing more details soon, in the meantime please join my newsletter to keep up to date with the latest developments.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with your concern and wishes. Despite not having seen anyone for a very long while, I grateful to be safe and healthy! I am forever thankful to this great City of New York and all of its essential workers for keeping me safe and healthy through this crisis. This is a remarkable city with a resilient people. I am proud to call myself a “New Yorker” and in the words of our Governor, as New Yorkers, we will get through this, because we are “New York Tough”.

TUTTI Festival (March 2020)

Granville Ohio, USA

A biennial festival at Denison University bringing together artists from across the country. Here I worked with the ETHEL String Quartet for the Midwest Premiere of String Quartet #2: Fede. The festival lasted from March 4-8 and involved a number of performances as well as participation in workshops, discussion and networking events.


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(2019) University of Western Australia 6th Annual "Biology As Art" Competition & Exhibition

Finalist selected from 78 submissions for solo piano “The Moreton Bay Fig”. The work was featured as a sound installation as part of a related exhibition at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Western Australia.

(2019) New York Composers Circle John Eaton Memorial Competition

Runner-up/Honourable Mention for String Quartet #1: "Sfidare".

2019 John Eaton Memorial Competition Winner & Honorable Mentions Announced

New York Composers Circle | News Article| John Eaton honorable mention awarded to Michael Grebla for String Quartet #1: "Sfidare".