Composer and violist Michael Boyman is always searching for the perfect balance of form and expression. His music often tells a story, whether from literature, visual art or personal experience, and he aims to present that story in the most vivid and emotionally intense way. Michael is the recipient of the BMI William Schuman Award and was recently featured in the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. His upcoming projects include an extended chamber work for the Parhelion Trio and an orchestral work for The Chelsea Symphony to be premiered during the 2017-18 season.
An alumnus of the New York Youth Symphony, Michael served as principal violist of the orchestra and was a member of Making Score, the organization’s composition program. Michael is a graduate of New York University, where he studied political science and music composition, studying privately with Justin Dello Joio. He received his Master’s Degree in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied privately with Richard Danielpour.
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Chamber Ensemble Concertinofor Oboe, English Horn and String Sextet 9:00 Ob., E.H.; 2Vln. 2Vla. Vcl. Cb. Orchestra Anger Management(Therapy for String Orchestra) 7:00 Str. Concerto for Viola and Orchestra 30:00 Solo Vla.; 2(2nd dbl. Picc.) 2(2nd dbl. E.H.) 2(2nd dbl. B.Cl.) 2 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Str. The Howling Wildernessfor Orchestra 15:00 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(3=B.Cl. dbl A.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str. Tightrope Walker(High Wire Act for Orchestra) 8:00 3(3rd dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
CONCERTO FOR VIOLA AND ORCHESTRA
…low brass loomed large against the litheness of the viola, strings and winds, a brooding, recurrent trope. A rather cynical, dancing scherzo gave way to a boisterous neoromantic crescendo and mighty upward swirl in the coda, a succession of nocturnal motives that again referenced Dvorak at his most lustrous. This moody, mighty suite very vividly reflects our current state of unease: it would resonate powerfully with a global audience.
—New York Music Daily
THE HOWLING WILDERNESS
…menacing, rustling strings and macabre tritone cadenzas from the high strings…mighty deep brass, basses and cellos, and harrowing hailstorms from the timpani anchored this dynamically rich depiction of a world in peril, an apt choice for Earth Day…
—New York Music Daily
Therapy for String OrchestraConcertino
for Oboe, English Horn and String SextetThe Howling Wilderness
for OrchestraTightrope Walker
High Wire Act for Orchestra