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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. Over his long career he has enjoyed grants from Meet the Composer, a UK Fulbright award, Guggeneheim Fellowship, DAAD, MacDowell and Tanglewood fellowships, ASCAP and BMI prizes, Copland Fund grants, a Barlow Award, and numerous others. In 2010 he was awarded an Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. From 1991-1994 he was Meet the Composer 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 commissioned 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 wrote a work 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, Innova, and Mushkatweek. For further information, visit the Daniel Asia website at www.danielasia.net.
Electro-Acoustic Music Studio, Director
Research interests: music composition, acoustic music, electro-acoustic music, improvisation, analysis of contemporary music
The Boston Globe has described Craig Walsh's (b. 1971) music as "teemingly imaginative, from a composer whom we want to hear more," Fanfare Magazine remarked that his music’s energy “gives one a buzz," and New York Classical Review wrote, "Walsh's Quartet is ingenious and powerful...[it] may well be a 21st-century classic."
Walsh is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Meet-The-Composer/MetLife Creative Connection Grant, Jebediah New Music Commission, Salvatore Martirano Award, St. Botolph Club Creative Award, Concorso Internazionale Luigi Russolo, National Association of Composers in the United States, Friends and Enemies of New Music, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Siday Prize for Musical Creativity, and grants from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and the Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award for chamber music, among others.
Walsh’s music has been presented on five continents, performed by such groups as New York New Music Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, Manhattan String Quartet, Lontano New Music, Arizona Contemporary Ensemble, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, Oberlin Sinfonietta, Wellesley Composer's Conference Chamber Orchestra, Friends and Enemies of New Music, Mallarme Chamber Players, Middle Voices; and soloists Rhonda Rider, Daniel Stepner, Stephen Gosling, Madeleine Shapiro, Stella Markou, Mark Rush, Norm Weinberg, Todd Rewoldt, F. Gerard Errante, and Philipp Staudlin.
His music is published on Albany Records, Centaur Records, and the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States CD series.
Dr. Walsh holds a Bachelor's degree in composition from the Mannes College of Music and Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in composition and theory from Brandeis. He is currently Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, where he teaches composition, theory, electro-acoustic music, and orchestration. Before being appointed at the University of Arizona, Dr. Walsh was on the faculty of Brandies University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Bridgewater State University.