Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and receiving his Bachelor’s of Music Degree from Eastman, and Master’s and Doctorate Degrees from The Juilliard School, ERIC EWAZEN has written many chamber works for brass, winds, percussion and increasingly strings, piano, and voice that have become standards of the repertoire. His music in all genres, including orchestra, wind ensemble and chorus, has been performed around the world with great acclaim. Distinguished soloists and chamber ensembles performing his music include players as diverse as percussionist Evelyn Glennie, the American Brass Quintet, and the Ahn Trio; trombonists Charles Vernon, Joseph Alessi, Ronald Barron, Christian Lindberg, Nitzan Haroz, David Taylor and James Lebens; clarinetists Franklin Cohen and Larry Combs; flutists Elizabeth Rowe, Mindy Kaufman, Julius Baker and Jan Gippo; trumpet players Chris Gekker, David Bilger and Philip Smith; among many others from major symphonies around the world, including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony, the Concertgebouw, the Paris Opera Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and noted players from major symphonies and orchestras in every state of the U.S.
Recent orchestral performances of Ewazen’s music include major symphonies such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado, the Alabama Symphony, the Anchorage Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the West Virginia Symphony, the Calgary (CA) Symphony, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lille in France, the Birmingham (U.K.)Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Valladolid and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife in Spain, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic, and the Moment Musicale Orchestra of Taiwan. His music for wind ensemble has been performed by all the major service bands in the U.S., including the USMA Band (which premiered his work commissioned for the 200th anniversary of West Point in Carnegie Hall), the U.S. Army Band, Marine Band, Navy Band, Army Field Band and U.S. Coast Guard Bands.
He has been a guest composer at conservatories, colleges and universities, doing residencies (so far) in 47 of the 50 U.S. States, and overseas at conservatories such as McGill and Laval Universities in Canada, the Birmingham (U.K.) Conservatory, the Paris Conservatoire, the Zagreb Conservatory, the Matera (Italy) Conservatorio, the Conservatories in Tenerife and Salamanca, Spain, the Lisbon Conservatory in Portugal, Saratov Conservatory in Russia, the Showa and Senzoku Gakuen Conservatories in Japan, Mahidol University in Bangkok, the Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, and Australian National University in Australia, Rio de Janeiro, Joao Pessoa and Recife Conservatories in Brazil, and at festivals such as the Festival of Wind Instruments in Jeju (Korea), WASBE (Singapore), Jonkoping Brass Festival (Sweden), and the Southeast Asian Brass Festival in Bangkok and all major Summer music Festivals in the U.S., including Tanglewood, Aspen and the Music Academy of the West.
His music can be heard on over 60 commercially released CDs, and over 400 Youtube clips.
He received his Bachelors of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music and Masters and Doctorate Degrees from The Juilliard School, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1980. His teachers have included Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Warren Benson, Eugene Kurtz, Gunther Schuller and Joseph Schwantner. He was Composer-in-Residence with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and Vice-President of the League of Composers – International Society of Contemporary Music.
For the 2011-12 season, he has been commissioned to write a Concerto Grosso for Three Trombones and Orchestra for the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphonies, with JoAnn Falletta. The Virginia Symphony will also be performing his “Hymn for the Lost and the Living”, an In Memoriam to 9/11, orchestrated by Otto Werner Mueller, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Three solo CDs of his music will be released in 2011, all on Albany Records: one devoted to his chamber music for flute, performed by Marya Martin with the Bridgehampton Chamber Musicians; another to his trumpet music, featuring Chris Gekker, Nathaniel, and James Lebgens; and a third devoted to his music for wind ensemble, featuring the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble.
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Keyboard Smoky Mountain CelebrationFrom “Southern Landscapes” 6:30 2 Pianos Sonata for Harpsichord 18:00 Harpsichord Three InventionsFor Piano 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied Solo A Night In New OrleansSonatine for Solo Flute 12:00 Flute Larkspur And RubiesFor Solo Marimba 1:30 Solo Marimba Chamber Ensemble (Woodwinds) A Song From The HeartFor Alto Saxophone and Piano 7:00 Alto Saxophone, Piano A Song From The HeartFor Bb Clarinet and Piano 7:00 Bb Clarinet, Piano A Song From the Heartfor Oboe and Piano 7:00 Oboe, Piano Classical ConcertoFor Saxophone and Orchestra 23:00 Tenor Saxophone, Piano Cumberland SuiteWoodwind Quintet No. 2 18:00 Woodwind Quintet Divinities At Dawn Flute with Piano Eternal Spring(Hudson River Idyll) 10:00 2 Flutes, Piano FantasiaFor Alto Saxophone 11:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano Harmony In Blue and Gold 21:00 Flute Quartet Hold Fast Your DreamsConcerto No. 2 for Oboe Oboe with Piano Palisades Suite (A Trio for Our Time) 22:00 Woodwind Trio Rhapsody for Saxophone Quartet 9:00 Saxophone Quartet Sonata No. 1For Flute and Piano 20:00 Flute with Piano Sonata No. 2For Flute and Piano 21:00 Flute with Piano Two Festive Fanfaresfor Clarinet Choir Clarinet Ensemble Two Festive FanfaresFor Double Reed Choir Chamber Ensemble WildflowersA Trio for Piccolo (Or Flute), Clarinet, and Piano 22:00 Woodwind Trio with Piano Chamber Ensemble (Brass) A Duet for Our Time 22:00 Trombone Ensemble A Duet for Our Time 22:00 Brass Duet A Festival Of TrumpetsFor The National Trumpet Conference 4:30 Trumpet Octet A Song From The HeartFor Horn and Piano 7:00 F Horn, Piano A Song From The HeartFor Trumpet and Piano 7:00 Trumpet with Piano AftershockA Response To 9/11 4:00 Autumn RondoFor Horn And Piano 2:40 Horn with Piano Bachauer FanfareFor Brass Quintet 5:00 Brass Quintet BalkanikaFour Scenes From The Balkans for Brass Quintet 18:00 Brass Quintet Barcarolle and CapriceA Chamber Concerto for Trombone and Brass Quintet 12:00 Brass Quintet Basso CantanteFor 6 Euphoniums and 6 Tubas 8:00 Brass Ensemble Bridge Of DreamsFor 8 Horns 20:00 Horn Octet Canto Di Lutto, Danza Della VitaIn Memoriam Per Le Vittime Del Terremoto L’Aquila 11:00 Trombone Quartet ConcertoFor Horn and String Orchestra 20:00 Horn with Piano Double ConcertoFor Trumpet, Trombone, and Orchestra 21:00 Brass Duet with Piano ElegyFor 8-Part Trumpet Choir 5:15 Trumpet Octet Emerald RhapsodyFor Three C Trumpets and Piano 10:00 Trumpet Trio with Piano Emerald RhapsodyFor Three Trombones and Piano 10:00 Trombone Trio Encomium 10:00 Trombone Ensemble Eternal Spring(A Hudson River Idyll) 10:00 Trumpet, Piano Fanfare for A Great TeacherFor 8-Part Trumpet Choir 2:30 Trumpet Octet Fanfarria Castellanafor 11 Brass 12:00 Brass Ensemble Front Range Fanfarefor 11 Brass and 2 Percussion 8:00 Brass Ensemble Gold Coast Harmonyfor 2 Horns and Piano 5:00 Horn Duet with Piano High Desert OctetFor 8 Horns In F 16:00 Horn Octet In MemoriamFor Trumpet Sextet 5:00 Trumpet Quartet Midlands MelodyFor Bass Trombone and Piano 5:00 Bass Trombone with Piano Palmetto SuiteFor Alto Trombone and Piano 20:00 Alto Trombone with Piano Scènes de Flandres 20:00 Trombone Quartet Songs of Love and LossFor Bass Trombone And Piano Bass Trombone, Piano Songs Of The Sun(Canções do Sol) Concerto No. 3 for Trombone and Orchestra 18:00 Trombone with Piano Three Lyrics Of Edna St. Vincent MillayFor Trumpet And Piano Trumpet with Piano Trio for Trombone, Tuba, and Piano 18:00 Brass Trio Triple ConcertoFor 3 Trombones and Orchestra 24:00 Brass Trio Trois Peintures Piccolo Trumpet (or Soprano Saxophone) and Piano Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Brahmsfor Trumpet (or Flugelhorn) and Piano 12:00 Trumpet with Piano Woodland QuartetFor 4 Horns 16:00 Horn Quartet Chamber Ensemble (Strings) Concertofor Violin and String Orchestra 23:00 Violin with Piano Midlands MelodyFor Cello and Piano 5:00 Cello with Piano Winter RondoFor Cello and Piano Cello, Piano Chamber Ensemble (Percussion) Soliloquy and RondoFrom The Eternal Dance Of Life 12:00 Percussion Ensemble Symphony for Percussion 18:00 Percussion Ensemble Chamber Ensemble (Voice) A Summer’s JourneyFor Voice, Trombone, and Piano 22:00 Voice with Instrument Hosanna to Life 4:00 Voice, Piano Songs of Love and LossFor Bass Voice and Piano Piano, Bass Three Lyrics Of Edna St. Vincent MillayFor High Voice And Piano Voice with Piano Chamber Ensemble (Mixed) Bridgehampton Suite 13:30 Flute and String Ensemble Eternal Spring (A Hudson River Idyll)for Trumpet and Ensemble 10:00 Solo Tpt.; Fl., Ob., Cl., Hn., Bsn.; Pno., 2Vln., Vla., Vcl. Cb. Island Chants and Dances 8:00 Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet and String Quartet MandalaA Quintet for Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Violin, and Cello 24:00 Chamber Ensemble Rattlin’ Roarin’ WillieFrom “Songs To The Banks Of Ayr” 6:00 Piano Trio ReverieFor Wind Quintet 5:30 Woodwind Quintet The Art Of The City 25:00 Chamber Ensemble The Diamond WorldFor Violin, Cello, Piano, and Optional Drum Set 8:00 Piano Trio Three Lyrics Of Edna St. Vincent MillayFor Trumpet And Marimba Triofor Trumpet, Violoncello, and Piano 22:00 TrioFor Violin, Cello, And Piano 21:00 Piano Trio Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano 22:00 Piano Trio Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano 21:00 Piano Trio Orchestra Chamber Symphony 22:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 0 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Str. Island Songs and Landscapesfor Chorus and Orchestra SATB Ch.; 1 1 1 1 – 2 0 1(B.Tbn.) 0; Perc. Pno. Str. Monument to Color and Lightfor Orchestra 8:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Vibr. Mar. Perc. Hp. Str. Orchestra with Soloist(s) A Poem of Hopefor Violoncello and String Orchestra Solo Vcl.; Str. Orch. Classical Concertofor Saxophone and Orchestra 23:00 Solo Ten.Sax.; 2 2 2 2 – 4 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str. Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra 20:00 Solo Hn; Str. Concerto for Oboe and Wind Ensemble 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2, 2A.Sax., Ten.Sax., Bar.Sax. – 2 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1, Euph; 2Perc. Vibr. Marim. Concerto for Violin and Strings 23:00 Solo Vln.; Str. Double Concertofor Violin, Cello and Orchestra 22:00 Vln. Vcl. Soli; 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str. Emerald Rhapsodyfor Trombone Trio and Orchestra 3Tbn. Soli; 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str. Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble 11:00 Solo AltoSax.; Picc., 2Fl., 2Ob., 3Cl., B.Cl., Contralto Cl., 2Bsn., 2A.Sax., 1Ten., 1Bar.Sax., – 4Tpt., 4Hn., 2Tbn., B.Tbn., 2Euph., 2Tu., Cb.; Timp. 2Perc. Vib. Mar. Fantasia for Taiko and Orchestra 7:20 6Taiko; 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 1Perc. Vib. Mar. Glock. Str. Heartland Symphonyfor Orchestra 15:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Mar. Vib. Str. Songs of the Sun (CanConcerto No. 3 for Trombone and Orchestra 18:00 Solo Tbn.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str. Symphony for Percussion 18:00 10Perc. Triple Concertofor 3 Trombones and Orchestra 24:00 3 Tbn. Soli; 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 0 1; Timp. 2Perc. Vib. Mar. Str. Band / Wind Ensemble Allegro Brillante From ‘Triple Concerto’For Band 8:45 Concert Band Artisans (3. From Celestial Dancers)For Band 7:00 Concert Band Faces (1. From Celestial Dancers)For Band 7:00 Concert Band Gopak(1. From Symphonic Dances) Concert Band Grand Mesafor Band 7:00 Concert Band Hold Fast Your Dreams(Concerto No. 2 for Oboe and Wind Ensemble) 24:00 Solo Ob.; 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2, 1A.Sax., 1T.Sax., 1Bar.Sax. – 2 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1, Euph.; Timp. 4Perc. Spring SerenadeFor Band 7:00 Concert Band Symphonic Dancesfor Band 20′ Trees (2. From Celestial Dancers)For Band 6:00 Concert Band Visions (4. From Celestial Dancers)For Band 4:00 Concert Band
This is the kind of music that inspires people to become musicians. …conspicuous value…communicative, well-wrought structures… That Ewazen is so often effective in writing appealing sounds without descending into banality is testimony to his command of harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, texture, and pacing – and the fine judgment that shapes it all. … Ewazen has a keen sense of sound and absolute mastery of craft. He has long been writing some of the best music of our time. … Ewazen always communicates, and what he has to say here is well worth listening to again and again.
–Gorman, American Record Guide
CONCERTINO FOR ORGAN AND ORCHESTRA
…proved the perfect opener [and] was instantly likeable. It’s bright, fanfare-like opening was akin to the curtain opening going up on a cinematic, wide-screen spectacle. Indeed, there were elements of a Hollywood western epic in its expansive feel and sweep of energy. A calmer mood prevailed in the second movement, yet even here the momentum never let up, with a return of the victorious fanfare theme at the end. The Good Guys won again.
–Steve Siegel, The Morning Call
Summit Records (692); January 1, 2017
Performer(s): American Brass Quintet
Work(s): Canticum Honoris Amicorum
INSPIRED BY BRAHMS
Albany Records (TROY1616); February 1, 2016
Performer(s): Michael Thornton, horn; Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin; Andrew Litton, piano
Work(s): Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano
MARYA MARTIN PLAYS ERIC EWAZEN
Albany Records (TROY1271); May 1, 2011
Performer(s): Marya Martin, flute, Jeewon Park, piano
Work(s): Bridgehampton Suite
Sonata No. 1
NEW AMERICAN MASTERS, VOL. 3
Albany Records (TROY1195); July 1, 2010
Performer(s): Palisades Virtuosi
Work(s): Palisades Suite
Albany Records (TROY1159); December 1, 2009
Performer(s): TCU Percussion Ensemble, Brian A. West, conductor
Work(s): Symphony for Percussion
Albany Records (TROY962); October 1, 2007
Performer(s): Chris Gekker, trumpet, David Salness, violin, Rita Sloan, piano
Work(s): Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano
SEJONG PLAYS EWAZEN
Albany Records (TROY577); July 1, 2006
Performer(s): International Sejong Soloists, Adele Anthony, violin
Work(s): Concerto for Violin and Strings
Albany Records (TROY670); June 29, 2004
Performer(s): Chris Gekker, trumpet, Ted Guerrant, piano
Three Lyrics of Edna St. Vincent Millay
ORCHESTRAL MUSIC & CONCERTOS
Albany Records (TROY477); February 26, 2002
Performer(s): Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Paul Polivnick, conductor, James Houlik, tenor saxophone
Work(s): Chamber Symphony
Classical Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra
Composer-in-Residence with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble
Vice-President of the League of Composers – International Society of Contemporary Music
for Trumpet, Trombone and OrchestraGrand Mesa
for BandHold Fast Your Dreams
Concerto No. 2 for Oboe and Wind EnsembleSongs of the Sun (Canções do Sol)
Concerto No. 3 for Trombone and OrchestraSouthern Landscapes
for BandSpring Serenade
for BandTriple Concerto
for Three Trombones and Orchestra