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George Tsontakis (1951-     )

George Tsontakis, composerGeorge Tsontakis has long been recognized as one of America's most vibrant and gifted composers. Born in Astoria, N.Y., Tsontakis received a doctoral degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Roger Sessions. He has been composer in residence at the Aspen Music School and Festival since 1976, where he also founded and directed the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble from 1991 to 1998. He is the recipient of the two most lucrative prizes in classical music: the international Grawemeyer Award in 2005 for his Second Violin Concerto, and the 2007 Charles Ives Living, awarded every three years by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Tsontakis' works have been performed in at least a dozen European countries and in some of the world's revered venues, including Berlin's Philharmonic Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall. He has been commissioned in recent years by the symphonies of Baltimore, Oregon, Dallas and Albany, the National Symphony, the Oxford Philomusica, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Athens State Orchestra.
-  Koch Records; Grawemeyer Awards

COMPOSITIONS                                                      Tsontakis Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Tsontakis on Tsontakis
Fantasy, viola and piano (1976)
Scenes from the Apocalypse, soprano, alto and baritone, actor, chorus and orchestra (1978)
Bagatelle, piano (1978)
The Epistle of James, Chapter One, [chorus and orchestra?] (1980)
String Quartet No. 1, "The Mother’s Hymn", mezzo-soprano and string quartet (1980)
Three Sighs, 3 variations, violin and piano (1981)
Erotokritos, 2 soloists and orchestra (1982)
String Quartet No. 2, "Emerson" (1983)
Birdwind Quintet, wind quintet (1983)
Fantasia Habanera, orchestra (1984)
Five Sighs and a Fantasy, orchestra (1984)
Five Choral Sketches on "Is Aghios", chorus and clarinet obbligato (1984)
Brass Quintet (1984)
Saviors "Cantata fantasmagorica", soprano, chorus, and orchestra (1985)
Byzantium Kanon, chorus and brass quintet (1986)
String Quartet No. 3, "Coraggio" (1986)
The Past, the Passion, 14 players (1987)
Galway Kinnell Songs, mezzo-soprano, string quartet and piano (1987)
Overtura Vera, orchestra (1988)
Three Byzantine Hymns, chorus and brass quintet (1988)
String Quartet No. 4, "Beneath Thy Tenderness of Heart" (1988)
Mercurical Etudes, flute (1988)
To the Sowers of the Seed, orchestra (1989)
Three Mood Sketches (Second Wind Quintet) (1989)
Stabat Mater, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra (1990)
Heartsounds, quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass (1990)
Ghost Variations, piano (1991)
Fervore, piccolo and piano (1992)
Perpetual Angelus (1992) [from Four Symphonic Quartets Cycle, 1992-96]
Winter Lightning (1993) [from Four Symphonic Quartets Cycle, 1992-96]
Let the River Be Unbroken orchestra w/opt. narration (1994)
The Dove Descending (1995) [from Four Symphonic Quartets Cycle, 1992-96]
Eclipse, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1995)
Other Echoes (1996) [from Four Symphonic Quartets Cycle, 1992-96]
Four Symphonic Quartets - a Symphonic Cycle, orchestra (1992-96)
Fanfare, 6 horns and tuba (1996)
Gemini, horn, violin, cello and piano (1996)
Requiescat, viola and piano (1996)
Bagatelles (Piano Quartet No. 1) (1997)
Meditations At Perigee, piano, clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello and double bass (1997)
Violon Concerto (No. 1), violin and orchestra (1998; rev. 2002)
Dust, horn, violin and piano (1998)
Rossetti Nursery Rhymes, chorus (1999)
Piano Quartet No. 2 (1999)
Lullaby of Crete, soprano, flute, viola and harp (1999)
Ithaka, chorus (2000)
Pandora’s Box, musictelling for narrators, orchestra and chamber ensemble (2001?) [co-written & orchestrated by Evan Hause]
Mirologhia, percussion solo and orchestra (2001)
Astyanax, tenor or soprano and piano (2001)
Violin Concerto No. 2, violin and orchestra (2003) [Grawemeyer Award Winner]
Sarabesque, piano (2003)
Man of Sorrows, piano and orchestra (2005?)
Piano Quartet No. 3, violin, viola, cello and piano (2005)
String Quartet No. 5, "In Memoriam George Rochberg" (2006)
Midnight Rain, song cycle, soprano and piano (2007)
Clair de Lune, orchestra (2007)

Rima, mezzo-soprano, clarinet and strings (????)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Tsontakis Links    ~ ~ ~    Tsontakis on Tsontakis    ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Pandora’s Box, musictelling for narrators, orchestra and chamber ensemble (2001?) [co-written & orchestrated by Evan Hause]

Orchestra

Fantasia Habanera, orchestra (1984)
Five Sighs and a Fantasy, orchestra (1984)
Overtura Vera, orchestra (1988)
To the Sowers of the Seed, orchestra (1989)
Let the River Be Unbroken orchestra w/opt. narration (1994)
Four Symphonic Quartets - a Symphonic Cycle, orchestra (1992-96)
    - The Dove Descending (1995)
    - Other Echoes (1996)
    - Perpetual Angelus (1992)
    - Winter Lightning (1993)
Clair de Lune, orchestra (2007)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
Violon Concerto (No. 1), violin and orchestra (1998; rev. 2002)
Mirologhia, percussion solo and orchestra (2001)
Violin Concerto No. 2, violin and orchestra (2003)  -  Grawemeyer Award Winner
Man of Sorrows, piano and orchestra (2005?)

Chorus w/Orchestra
Scenes from the Apocalypse, soprano, alto and baritone, actor, chorus and orchestra (1978)
The Epistle of James, Chapter One, [chorus and orchestra?] (1980)
Saviors "Cantata fantasmagorica", soprano, chorus, and orchestra (1985)
Stabat Mater, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra (1990)

Choral
Five Choral Sketches on "Is Aghios", chorus and clarinet obbligato (1984)
Byzantium Kanon, chorus and brass quintet (1986)
Three Byzantine Hymns, chorus and brass quintet (1988)
Rossetti Nursery Rhymes, chorus (1999)
Ithaka, chorus (2000)

Chamber
String Quartet No. 1, "The Mother’s Hymn", mezzo-soprano and string quartet (1980)
Three Sighs, 3 variations, violin and piano (1981)
String Quartet No. 2, "Emerson" (1983)
Birdwind Quintet, wind quintet (1983)
Brass Quintet (1984)
String Quartet No. 3, "Coraggio" (1986)
The Past, the Passion, 14 players (1987)
String Quartet No. 4, "Beneath Thy Tenderness of Heart" (1988)
Three Mood Sketches (Second Wind Quintet) (1989)
Heartsounds, quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass (1990)
Eclipse, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1995)
Fanfare, 6 horns and tuba (1996)
Gemini, horn, violin, cello and piano (1996)
Bagatelles (Piano Quartet No. 1) (1997)
Meditations At Perigee, piano, clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello and double bass (1997)
Dust, horn, violin and piano (1998)
Piano Quartet No. 2 (1999)
Piano Quartet No. 3, violin, viola, cello and piano (2005)
String Quartet No. 5, "In Memoriam George Rochberg" (2006)

Solo Instrument
Fantasy, viola and piano (1976)
Mercurical Etudes, flute (1988)
Fervore, piccolo and piano (1992)
Requiescat, viola and piano (1996)

Piano
Bagatelle, piano (1978)
Ghost Variations, piano (1991)
Sarabesque, piano (2003)

Vocal
Rima, mezzo-soprano, clarinet and strings (????)
Erotokritos, 2 soloists and orchestra (1982)
Galway Kinnell Songs, mezzo-soprano, string quartet and piano (1987)
Lullaby of Crete, soprano, flute, viola and harp (1999)
Astyanax, tenor or soprano and piano (2001)
Midnight Rain, song cycle, soprano and piano (2007)


TSONTAKIS  LINKS                                                      Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Tsontakis on Tsontakis     ~ top of page ~
Bard College Faculty Member Wins World's Richest Prize for Composers (College News)
Composer George Tsontakis Wins Prestigious Charles Ives Award (American Academy of Arts and Letters)    also @  BMI
Classical Composer George Tsontakis Wins Grawemeyer Award (BMI)
Elemental Currents (Don Mager/Making Time, Eclectica Magazine)
Laaris Pays Tribute to Tsontakis (NEOmagazine.com)
New Music with an Ideal Blend of Head and Heart (Mark Stryker, Andante.com)
Parables and Passions: Music of Schoenfield and Tsontakis (The Juilliard Journal Online)
St. Paul Chamber Orch Helps Acclaimed Composer Document Prize-winning Music (Karl Gehrke, Minnesota Public Radio)
Tsontakis Wins Ives Living Award (NewMusicBox)    also    @ Yaddo
Visit with Composer George Tsontakis (David Finckel and Wu Han Blog)

Composer website (@ Theodore Presser Company)

Tsontakis @ Wikipedia
Tsontakis @ Alio modo
Tsontakis @ Answers.com    and    here
Tsontakis @ Bard College
Tsontakis @ Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Tsontakis @ Classical Archives
Tsontakis @ Classical Composers Database
Tsontakis @ Classical Net
Tsontakis @ Dilettante Music
Tsontakis @ The Ellerdale Project
Tsontakis @ Grawemeyer Awards
Tsontakis @ Greece in Britain
Tsontakis @ Highpoint Music '10
Tsontakis @ Houston Theater District
Tsontakis @ InstantEncore
Tsontakis @ Ithaca College/Enduring Masters: Meet the Masters
Tsontakis @ Ithaca College Library
Tsontakis @ The Kennedy Center
Tsontakis @ Koch Records
Tsontakis @ La Jolla Music Society
Tsontakis @ Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Tsontakis @ Meet the Composer
Tsontakis @ Montalvo Arts Center
Tsontakis @ New World Records    also    here
Tsontakis @ New York Foundation for the Arts
Tsontakis @ Playbill Arts
Tsontakis @ poco forte music
Tsontakis @ Salt Bay Chamberfest
Tsontakis @ Theodore Presser
Tsontakis @ University of Louisville

Streaming Audio
Tsontakis @ Classical Archives
Tsontakis @ last.fm
Tsontakis @ Minnesota Public Radio/SPCO Helps Acclaimed Composer . . . (Karl Gehrke, Minnesota Public Radio)
Tsontakis @ Minnesota Public Radio/Tsontakis Speaks for the Record (Karl Gehrke, Minnesota Public Radio)
Tsontakis @ Rhapsody
Tsontakis @ WUOL/Interview for Louisville Orchestra Premiere

Recordings
Tsontakis @ ArkivMusic
Tsontakis @ Hyperion Records
Tsontakis @ Koch Records
Tsontakis @ New World Records    also    here
Tsontakis @ Presto Classical

Tsontakis @ YouTube
Tsontakis @ MySpaceVideo

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Tsontakis on Tsontakis: Preconcert Talk with Marc Neikrug

from Steven Ovitsky on Vimeo







 Tsontakis on Tsontakis: Masterclass at Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

from Steven Ovitsky on Vimeo







 Tsontakis on Tsontakis: Interview for Louisville Orchestra Premiere/WUOL (streaming audio)
George Tsontakis, composer  Composers Speak on the Web at Pytheas
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 Tsontakis on Tsontakis: Tsontakis Speaks for the Record/MPR (streaming audio)
George Tsontakis, composer  Composers Speak on the Web at Pytheas
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 Tsontakis on Tsontakis: SPCO Helps Acclaimed Composer . . ./MPR  (streaming audio)
George Tsontakis, composer   Composers Speak on the Web at Pytheas
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