New Works Premiered at Composers Conference
UC Davis graduate student in music Josiah Tayag Catalan, and Chris Castro (Ph.D., music, ‘18), now a UC Davis lecturer in music, are among the composers given premieres at this year’s Composers Conference.
Dark Flight by Catalan (a 2021 Fromm Foundation Fellow) can be re-watched on YouTube.
Castro’s piece, written for piano trio, is titled Clock-a-clay, and was not recorded.
The Composers Conference’s Artistic Director is UC Davis Professor of Music Kurt Rohde.
Headed by artistic director Mario Davidovsky from 1968 to 2019, the Composers Conference has played a pioneering role in the performance of new works by emerging composers. Founded in 1945 by Alan Carter at Middlebury College as the Composers’ Conference and Chamber Music Center, the Conference has served nearly eight hundred composers and many more amateur chamber musicians. It is the oldest and most respected program of its kind. Rohde became the Conference Artistic Director in 2019.