Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on February 25, 2011

Scott J. Ordway (b. 1984, Santa Cruz CA) is an American composer and conductor of contemporary music. His works have been performed and broadcast throughout the United States and in Europe and he has conducted more than 30 world premiere performances in recent seasons, most by young American composers. His output is diverse, including his two symphonies, numerous chamber works, and sacred and secular vocal music, as well as experimental or improvisatory pieces in collaboration with sound and video artists and live music for film. From 2007–2008 he was music director of the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and from 2008–2009 was in-residence at the Boston Conservatory as Associate Conductor of the Juventas New Music Ensemble. He is presently a Benjamin Franklin Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sarah Carrier, flutist, is a founding member of Syzygy New Music Ensemble. The New York Times praised Sarah for “combining thoughtful musicality with virtuosity” in her performance with TimeTable Percussion at Le Poisson Rouge.  Sarah is a 2007 winner of the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition and is a participant of the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes.  By invitation, she will perform in April at the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam.  Sarah has taught at the University of Oregon as a Graduate Teaching Fellow and has held faculty positions at Brooklyn Music Lessons (current), Douglaston School of Music, Walnut Valley School District, and Irvine Music and Art.  Sarah Carrier completed her M.M. at New York University under the tutelage of Robert Dick, and B.M. at Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach studying with John Barcellona.  In fall 2011, Sarah will begin studies as a doctoral candidate at CUNY Graduate Center.

Based in New York City, clarinetist Nicholas Gallas has performed with a diverse range of artists and ensembles, including the Axiom Ensemble, Cultures in Harmony, Symphony in C, the Washington Ballet Orchestra, Con Vivo, Ensemble Pi, Syzygy New Music, the New York Woodwind Quintet, Red {an Orchestra}, Sympho, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, the Asia-Pacific United Orchestra, the Garden State Philharmonic, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the National Repertory Orchestra and as a substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2009 he became a member of the Quintet of the Americas, a woodwind quintet founded in 1979 in Bogotá, Columbia. Nicholas has performed in such venues as the MoMA, Avery Fisher Hall, Miller Theater, Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space in New York, Severance Hall in Cleveland and the Echoplex in Los Angeles. Festivals he has attended include the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Focus! Festival for Contemporary Music, Aurora Music Festival (Sweden), the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Sarasota, Hot Springs and Kent Blossom festivals. Nicholas received his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his principal teachers included Charles Neidich and Franklin Cohen.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, cellist Brian Sanders received his Masters degree in music from Mannes College the New School for Music in New York City. He received his B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. In 2006, he was a recipient of the VSA arts International Young Soloists’ award, which resulted in a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2007, he attended the Tanglewood Music Center. His teachers have included Timothy Eddy, Steven Doane and Uri Vardi.  A versatile musician, Brian has participated in concerts and recordings of many diverse styles, including rock, jazz, hip hop, and Indian music. He is currently a member of the bands Emanuel and the Fear, with whom he has toured in Europe and the United States, and Laura Maclean.

Polish-born violinist Kinga Augustyn performed her New York Debut Recital at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall in March 2008.  Described as “a violinist for whom nothing seems too difficult” (Nowy Dziennik, March 2008, New York City), Ms. Augustyn has also released a CD with Nicolo Paganini 24 Caprices for Violin Solo. A Bachelors and Masters graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Cho Liang Lin, Naoko Tanaka, and the legendary Dorothy DeLay, Ms. Augustyn has appeared with Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, and the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival, among others.  As a soloist and a chamber musician, she has appeared in the US at halls including Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall and Stern Auditorium), Alice Tully, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Ms. Augustyn has won international awards, including the First Prize at the Alexander & Buono International String Competition (New York, 2009), the Special Award (winner) at the Artist International Presentations (New York, 2007), and the First Prize at the J.S. Bach String Competition (Poland, 1999).

Performer, composer, and educator Sean Statser (b. 1983) has been called “Lithe, muscular, and mesmerizing” by the New York Times. He is an active performer and has played and toured with several ensembles throughout the US, performing at many major venues including: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, three appearances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (2007, 2008, 2010) and the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy. He has played with both the American Symphony Orchestra and One World Symphony as a section percussionist, and actively collaborates with many New York City artists and ensembles.  Mr. Statser received his M.M in Instrumental Performance from New York University, studying under the instruction of Jonathan Haas and Simon Boyar. He holds a B.A. in Music Performance from Fort Lewis College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and served as Student Marshal for commencement. Upon graduating in 2010, Mr. Statser joined the Adjunct Faculty at New York University. In addition, he is the General Manager of Kettles and Company, New York City’s largest percussion rental company, and serves as Coordinator for the NYU Steinhardt Broadway Percussion Seminar/Summit.

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Yegor Shevtsov appears in solo and collaborative recitals across the United States and abroad. Yegor was praised by The Miami Herald for his “superb musicianship and evocative piano playing,” while The New York Times singled out his “gracious and engrossing” performances of the music of Morton Feldman. In 2003, Yegor participated in the month-long workshop on Beethoven?s Piano Sonatas with Daniel Barenboim at Carnegie Hall. Yegor is a regular guest pianist with the Mark Morris Dance Group and is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and MSM Precollege Division. Yegor was a George Soros scholar in economics and a champion ballroom dancer.

Multi-instrumentalist Frank Tyl (1988) stems from an expansive artistic background exploring music, visual media, and writing. In 2010 he became Artistic Director and percussionist of SYZYGY NEW MUSIC—an ensemble dedicated to the curation of innovative new concert works and collaborations. With SYZYGY, Frank has commissioned and premiered many concert works by composers such as Jakub Ciupinski, Ricardo Romaneiro, Danielle Schwob, Scott Ordway, and more. He is also a founding member of NOISEBOX, a duo with percussoinist Sean Statser who is current collaborating with the real-time composers of Blind Ear Music and Jason Treuting of So Percussion. He has performed in venues from Lincoln Center and the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia) to (Le) Poisson Rouge and Europe. An alumnus of the Juilliard Pre-College Division, Frank is currently finishing his degree at NYU studying percussion performance under Jonathan Haas, James Saporito, and Simon Boyar.


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