News and Performances

Headline Update for 2003


New Zaimont CD, Feature Article and Copland House Grant


There are several important current developments in the career of American composer Judith Lang Zaimont - a new CD, a feature article in a major music magazine and a significant grant.

Albany Records has just issued "Callisto - Music for Piano" (Troy 617), a survey of Ms. Zaimont's most significant recent piano music by her longtime collaborator and musical interpreter Joanne Polk. The recording of the 3-movement "Sonata for Piano Solo" is especially significant. The piece was premiered in May of 2000 at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. and was cited as the most important solo piano piece of 1999 by Piano & Keyboard magazine in its great piano compositions of the 20th Century timeline. It is the composer's largest solo statement to date for the instrument and has also been performed in New York City and Minneapolis. The third movement, Impronta Digitale, was chosen as a representative American work for the 2001 Van Cliburn Competition and was performed by both of the competition's Gold Medal winners.

"Jupiter's Moons", in six movements, was created on a commission from Focus on Piano Literature 2000 and was premiered by Paul Stewart on June 9, 2000 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. "Nocturne: La Fin de Siècle", premiered in New York City in March of 1979, was chosen for the repertoire list for the 1988 General Motors/ Seventeen Magazine Competition. It has since been performed around the world. "Hesitation Rag" was commissioned and premiered by Virginia Eskin in 1997.

You can find more information about the CD at
http://www.jamesarts.com/releases/nov03/JZCD_112403.htm.

Kyle Gann's appreciation of Zaimont's music forms the substance of his American Composer profile of Judith Lang Zaimont in the December issue of Chamber Music magazine. He describes her music as "subtle, vigorous... elegantly professional [and] deeply felt" and the range in her works as "capable of thorny abstraction, but also of light atmosphere and humor...." He concludes that "in some ineffable way, they all sound like her, and all very musical."

The significant grant is a 2003 Aaron Copland Award, which will allow Ms. Zaimont to spend several months as solo resident this coming Spring at Copland House, the longtime home of Aaron Copland north of New York City. The composer will use this time to create her new orchestral tone poem "Stillness", which is being written for a consortium of American and European orchestras. You can find more about Aaron Copland House at http://www.coplandhouse.org.

Judith Lang Zaimont, a Tennessee native who grew up in New York, and now teaches at the University of Minnesota, is an internationally recognized composer whose music is characterized by its expressive strength, dynamism, and rhythmic vitality. Her musical language is coloristic, and she has contributed significant works to virtually every genre.

Among her many composition awards are a just-announced 2003 Aaron Copland Award, joining earlier awards of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and commission grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Minnesota Composers Forum; First Prize Gold Medal in the Gottschalk Centenary Composers Competition, First Prize in the Chamber Orchestra Composition contest to honor the Statue of Liberty Centennial; and First Prize in the international 1995 McCollin Competition for Composers (for Symphony No. 1, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra in season 1995-96). She has offered masterclasses at many institutions, and has also been featured Composer at the 1995 Society of Composers International American meeting; Scholar in Residence with a consortium of Atlanta-area colleges (1995), and Filene Artist in Residence at Skidmore College (1997-98). Her music appears on two Century lists (Chamber Music America; Piano & Keyboard Magazine), and is the subject of many articles, book chapters and several dissertations. In addition to being the 2003 Commissioned Composer for the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Ms. Zaimont is also the 2002 Composer for the National Federation of Music Clubs, and 2002 Commissioned Composer for the Music Teachers Association of California, and the National Board Member for Composition for the College Music Society (2003-2005).

Ms. Zaimont's music is widely performed (Connecticut Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, Women's Philharmonic, Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony) and has been recorded for the Koch International Classics, Arabesque, Milken Family Foundation, Albany, Jeanne, Leonarda, Northeastern, and 4Tay labels. She was awarded the 1995 Recording Award - First Prize awarded by the International Alliance for Women in Music (for the Arabesque CD Neon Rhythm). Her vocal works (NATS Journal), choral music (Choral Journal), chamber music featuring winds (The Clarinet, June 2001) and piano work (Piano & Keyboard, 1998) have all been the featured subject of earlier articles, and a composer profile also appeared in the April 2003 Clavier. Several other Zaimont compositions have been honored by selection for competition repertoire lists, including works for the Carnegie - Rockefeller competition for interpreters of American vocal music, and the 2003 San Antonio International Piano Competition (held in mid-autumn).

An Electronic Dialogues interview with Judith Lang Zaimont can be read at the Internet Classical Music Magazine Sequenza 21 - http://www.sequenza21.com/Zaimont.html. You can read "Reflections on an Undescribable Art - Being A Composer," Ms. Zaimont's February 2002 Keynote Speech to the Minnesota Listening List Competition at http://www.jamesarts.com/releases/feb02/JLZ_021202.htm.

Founder and Co-Director of new AMERICAN ACCENT ensemble -- dedicated to repeat performances -- at the highest artistic and interpretative level -- of significant works of the present and recent past, primarily composed by Americans. Multi-concert season in New York City. Core performers are the Lark Quartet, pianist (and co-Director) Joanne Polk, and clarinetist Alan Kay.


Publication of Wind Quintet No. 2 - "Homeland" (2001), "... 3: 4, 5 ..." (1997), and From the Great Land (1983, song cycle for mezzo, clarinet and piano) by Jeanné, Inc.

Publication of "Bubble-Up" Rag - Concertpiece for Flute and Piano by Vivace Press



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