In five years of existence the dynamic piano duo ZOFO (“20-finger orchestra”) has racked up two Grammy nominations and a competition win. Perhaps more impressively, they’ve given 11 world premieres of commissioned works. They brought the latest of these, by William Bolcom, to Morrison Artists Series at SFSU on Sunday afternoon, while dazzling the audience in a program of contemporary works.Read more
He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan's School of Music in 1973, was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition in 1994, and retired in 2008 after 35 years. Bolcom won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1988 for 12 New Etudes for Piano, and his setting of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience on the Naxos label won four Grammy Awards in 2005.
As a pianist Bolcom has performed and recorded his own work frequently in collaboration with his wife and musical partner, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris. Cabaret songs, show tunes, and American popular songs of the 20th century have been their primary specialties in both concerts and recordings. Their 25th album, "Autumn Leaves," was released recently on White Pine Records.
The Fischer Duo [Norman Fischer, cello and Jeanne Kierman, piano]
Bolcom: Graceful Ghost Rag
The opening recital of a summer residency at this exquisite venue in rural France includes works by Bolcom, Chopin, Gershwin and others.
Bolcom: Dark Dreams That Will Not Disappear
Jacob Adams, Viola; Angela Draghicescu, Piano; American Viola Society Festival and Primrose International Viola Competition at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles.