This year The American Prize, the series of national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts, chose five American composers as the first group of Honored Artists of The American Prize. One of the composers selected is PARMA artist Lee Actor from Monte Sereno CA.
The American Prize website states, “Honored Artists are individuals who have proven themselves to be musicians of ‘sustained excellence’ over a number of seasons as contestants in the competitions.” Actor has been awarded several distinctions from The American Prize, placing second in the 2011 Music for Orchestra division, and as a finalist in the same category in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
After a long and successful career in the video game industry, in 2001 Actor devoted himself full time to composition and conducting. He was named Composer-in-Residence of the Palo Alto Philharmonic in 2002, following his appointment as Assistant Conductor.
In April 2011, Actor released SAXOPHONE CONCERTO on Navona Records. In their review, Gramophone Magazine hails, “… [There is a] consistent level of orchestrational prowess throughout this collection. Instruments, whether solo or in multiples, are always placed in their best light.” Audiophile Audition named it as one of their Best of the Year Discs for 2011.
Actor is releasing another album of his orchestral works on Navona entitled PIANO CONCERTO, featuring Maestro Kirk Trevor and the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, early next year. Stayed tuned for more information regarding its release.