Kirk O’Riordan’s music has been referred to as “unapologetically beautiful” and is often praised for its uniquely “visual” qualities that depict a wide range of striking moods. Gramophone Magazine praised O’Riordan as “a composer for whom imagery is a defining inspiration. ...[He] is a deeply sensitive composer who savours going gently into the night.” O’Riordan (b. 1968) is an active composer, conductor, saxophonist, and teacher. In 2009, O’Riordan joined the faculty of Lafayette College where he serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands, teaching courses in music theory and composition. In addition, he conducts the Lafayette College Concert Band and Contemporary Music Ensemble. O’Riordan has studied composition with Rodney Rogers, Randall Shinn, James De Mars, Glenn Hackbarth, Burton Beerman, Marilyn Shrude, and Donald M. Wilson. He has studied saxophone with Frederick L. Hemke, John Sampen, and Eugene Rousseau. In his free time, O’Riordan is an avid fan of obstacle course racing. kirkoriordan.com

 

photo Clay Wegrzynowicz

 

Holly Roadfeldt, piano

Since making her orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13, Holly Roadfeldt has continued to be an active solo pianist and chamber musician performing standard and eclectic recital programs in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Described as a “vivid pianist” (Rosenberg, Gramophone), Roadfeldt’s mission is to inspire and advocate for piano music of the highest caliber, and she regularly mixes newly composed music with established masterpieces. THE PRELUDES PROJECT, Roadfeldt’s debut solo album, was produced and recorded by Andreas Meyer and released by PARMA Recordings. The double album includes Chopin’s Op. 28 Preludes and Kirk O’Riordan’s Twenty-Six Preludes for Solo Piano. Roadfeldt’s performance on this album has been lauded as “utterly convincing [with]…every note of her Chopin sound[ing] fresh and alive and her varied touch perfectly match[ing] the mood of each piece — and all are conjured up with a breathtaking sense of elation.” (Raul da Gama, World Music Report).

 

A dedicated performer of contemporary music, Roadfeldt has premiered over 150 solo and chamber works. She has premiered numerous works by Kirk O’Riordan, David Rakowski, Anthony J. Lanman, Kala Pierson, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Anthony Donofrio, Charles Peck, Griffin Candey, and Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn.

 

Roadfeldt’s live recordings can be heard on the Kosei Publishing (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue) and the Composers Union of Armenia (music by Gor Hovhannisyan) labels. She can also be heard on several releases by PARMA Recordings including Kirk O’Riordan’s STRANGE FLOWERS and Mara Gibson’s SKY-BORN. hollyroadfeldt.com

 

photo Clay Wegrzynowicz

Ann Moss, soprano

Soprano Ann Moss is an acclaimed recording artist and champion of contemporary vocal music who has premiered over 200 new works, the lion’s share of which have been composed for her. Often described as a “fearless performer” of some of the most challenging music of our time, her high, flexible voice has been singled out by Opera News for “beautifully pure floated high notes” and by San Francisco Classical Voice for “powerful expression” … “clear, silvery tones and passionate sweetness.” Moss has been a featured soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Redwood Symphony, Orchestra Without Borders, West Edge Opera, SF Lyric Opera, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and many others.

 

She has released two solo albums, Currents and Love Life, both produced by Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound. She can also be heard on releases from Naxos, Arsis, Albany, Angels Share Records, Navona Records, and Jaded Ibis Productions. A native of Boston and a graduate of Hampshire College, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and San Francisco Conservatory, Moss resides in Richmond CA with her husband, jazz violinist and classical violist Justin Ouellet. Moss is a Reiki practitioner, enthusiastic Yogi, and pursues a lifelong interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine. annmosssoprano.com

 

photo Debra A. Zeller Photography

 

Peter Dutilly, viola

Primarily an orchestral violist, Peter Dutilly is also an active chamber musician, composer, and conductor/educator. Recently appointed to a section viola position with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, Dutilly appears regularly with orchestras across the southeast including those in Naples, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Orlando, where he has held a section position since 2014. His rich tone, expressive color palette, and good nature have garnered him attention as a sensitive collaborator. Dutilly is a proponent of new music, having introduced audiences to dozens of works written for him or rarely performed. As an orchestral musician, Dutilly’s most treasured collaborations have been with John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, JoAnn Falletta, Gerard Schwarz, Anne Akiko Meyers, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Kayhan Kalhor, and Midori. Having settled on the viola as of late, Dutilly played a lot of catch-up in his studies at both Jacksonville University, from which he holds a Bachelor of Music in both Viola Performance and Music Composition studying with Dr. Marguerite Richardson and Dr. Jianjun He respectively, and Florida State University, from which he earned a master’s degree studying with Dr. Pamela Ryan. In his free time, Dutilly is an avid fisherman who loves to cook and travel, with a special place in his heart for his native New England, especially for his home state of Rhode Island and for Maine. Dutilly performs on a viola made by Frederick Haenel in Gaylordsville CT, in the 1950s which was gifted to him by his dear friend and mentor, Ernest Nordman.

 

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