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Born Feb. 21, 1972, La Grange, Illinois

“…Brimming with joie de vivre and enthusiasm for all musics, Carter Pann has proven himself one of the most versatile talents among his generation of composers.” His music has been performed around the world by such ensembles and soloists as the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Berlin-Stockholm-Finnish Radio Symphonies, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, National Symphony of Ireland, New York Youth Symphony, Richard Stoltzman, the Ying Quartet, Barry Snyder, and the Antares ensemble, among others.

Honors include the K.Serocki Competition for his Piano Concerto (premiered by the Polish Radio Symphony in Lutoslawski Hall, Warsaw 1998), a Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and five ASCAP composer awards.

In 1997 the Czech State Philharmonic of Brno recorded four of his orchestral works under Jose Serebrier. Naxos released the album in February of 2000 in their AMERICAN CLASSICS series (Carter Pann—Piano Concerto/Dance Partita 8.559043). The Piano Concerto was nominated for a Grammy as “Best Classical Composition of the Year” 2001. His Clarinet Concerto Rags to Richard, commissioned for Richard Stoltzman, was recorded by the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz and released in the fall of 2006 on MMC. Love Letters (string quartet no. 1) was commissioned by the Ying Quartet for their Life Music commissioning project through a grant from the American Music Institute. Slalom (for orchestra) was performed by the London Symphony under Daniel Harding in 2001 and has since been widely performed throughout the United States and Europe (and subsequently showcased on National Public Radio's Performance Today). Anthems in Waves, a tribute to one of the most weathered American battleships in existence, the USS New Jersey, was commissioned by the Haddonfield Symphony through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

More recent works include Nicky’s Trio (Piano Trio No. 1) for the Amelia Trio, American Child for a consortium of 10 university wind ensembles and Antares (piano - violin - cello - clarinet) for the Antares ensemble. Fantasy-Inventions (an extended solo piano work) was premiered in Alice Tully Hall, October 2004 by pianist Barry Snyder. Pann is currently on the composition faculty at the University of Colorado – Boulder and can be reached at carter.pann@colorado.edu.

For more information, please visit www.carterpann.com/


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Band and Wind Ensemble | Chamber Ensembles and Instrumental Solos | Orchestra

Mercury Concerto for Flute and Large Chamber Ensemble (or Orchestra)
Available from the Presser Rental Library

Band and Wind Ensemble

Concerto Logic Piano and Wind Symphony (2007-2008) -- 22'
Solo Piano; 3(d.Picc.) 2 5(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) Sop.Sax. A.Sax. Ten.Sax. Bari.Sax. – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) Euph. 1; Timp. 3Perc. Cb.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Commissioned by a consortium of 20 University Wind Symphonies under the auspices of CBDNA, led by Kevin Sedatole at Michigan State University.

I. Dogs and Jackals (C-Minor Fantasy)
II. Ernö Rubik’s Magic Cube
III. Rondo Capriccio: “Rage over a Lost Pawn”
IV. Dancing with Caissa

Slalom Arrangement for Wind Ensemble (2003) -- 10'
5(Picc.) 3 9(Eb Cl., 2B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4Hn. 6Tpt. 3(B.Tbn.) 3Euph. 3Tu. Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Cb.
Available from the Presser Rental Library

The Wrangler Cowboy Dances (2006) -- 7’45"
Large Wind Ensemble
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Commissioned by the James Logan H.S. Band.
Premiere Information: 29th May, 2006. James Logan High School Band, Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY. Conducted by: Ramiro Barrera

Chamber Ensembles and Instrumental Solos

Bach Buch, The: 18 Transcriptions of J.S. Bach for Chamber Winds
10 woodwinds
Additional Information: Published: #114-41448

Differences for Cello and Piano (1998) -- 15'
Published: #114-41210
Commission Information: Written for cellist Derek Snyder.

1. Strand
2. Air
3. Country Dance
4. Blues
5. Song

Love Letters for String Quartet (2000) -- 19' 30"
Published: #114-41137

Available Separately:

Set of parts (#114-41137P)
Full Score - Large (#114-41137S)

Piano Trio No. 1 (Nicky's Trio) (2002) -- 22'
Vln., Vcl., Pno.
Published: #114-41222

The Bills Two Rags for Piano (1997) -- 11'
Published: #110-40746


Dance Partita for Orchestra
Available From Composer

Piano Concerto
Available From ComposerReviews

Rags to Richard Two Symphonic Dances for Clarinet and Orchestra (1998) -- 11'
Solo Cl.; 2(d.Picc.)-2-2(d.B.Cl.)-2; 4-2-3(B.Tbn.)-1; Timp., 3Perc., Pno.(Cel.), Hp., Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (#416-41262)

Slalom (1999) -- 10'
3(Picc.)-3-3-3; 4-3-3(B.Tbn.)-1; Timp., 3Perc., Hp., Pno.(Cel.), Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: March 18, 2000, Haddonfield Symphony, Daniel Hege, conductor

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (#416-41223)

Triple Trombone Concerto (2001) -- 17'
2 Solo Tbn., Solo B.Tbn., 2 Perc., Str. (6,6,4,4,2)
Available from the Presser Rental Library

Two Portraits of Barcelona for Orchestra (1994) -- 12'
3(Picc.)-3(E.H.)-4(E-flat Cl., B.Cl.)-2; 4-3-3(B.Tbn.)-1; Timp., 5Perc., Pno.(Cel.), Hp., Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library

Antonio Gaudi’s Cathedral
The Bullfight



Two Portraits of Barcelona for Orchestra

Naxos Classical No. 8.559043: Carter Pann: Piano Concertos
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jose Serebrier, conductor.


"This is an intriguing disk…pleasant to listen to."


Two Portraits of Barcelona for Orchestra

"Antoni Gaudi's Cathedral [from Two Portraits of Barcelona is the most appealing music on the CD. It's an effective sound picture with tolling bells and atmospheric effects."


Piano Concerto

"…an imaginative five-movement work…"


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