Carnegie Mellon School of Music Head Noel Zahler's
"For Violin and Piano" is Part of Austrian Concert Tour
PITTSBURGH - Noel Zahler, head of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music, will have his composition "for violin and piano" performed in major cities around the United States as part of a seven-concert tour sponsored by the Austrian government.
The tour promotes music composed by Austrians and composers of Austrian-American descent like Zahler. Austrian violinist Wolfgang David commissioned the work.
Zahler's piece uses different textures and characters to create a progression of contrasting sections that comprise the composition.
"This is a straightforward nine-minute work for violin and piano that, like most late 19th century compositions of this nature, portrays both the piano and the violin as equals. It is a virtuosic work and not for the faint hearted!" Zahler said.
David and pianist David Gompper recorded "for violin and piano" on Albany Records in 2007.
Zahler, a native of New York City, earned degrees from Columbia and Princeton universities, L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy and CUNY Queen's College. Zahler, who frequently collaborates with engineers and mathematicians, has received many prizes and grants. He is co-author of three computer software programs, including the Artificially Intelligent Computer Performer, Score Follow and Music Matrix. Listen to a podcast with Zahler and guests discussing contemporary music at www.cmu.edu/cfa/labA6.html.
The tour started at Bowling Green State University on Sept. 20 and will continue at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25, the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, on Nov. 7, and at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City on March 6, 2008.