New PARMA Artist: Michael Kurek

Michael Kurek | Photo by Denise Truscello

We are proud to welcome American composer, Michael Kurek, to the PARMA family! We will be working with Kurek on a new release of chamber and large ensemble works slated for released in 2017.

Kurek has garnered recognition from many prestigious institutions, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, where he received the Academy Award in Music. He has also won several national awards and fellowships from a variety of organizations nationwide, such as the Fromm Fellowship in Composition from the Tanglewood Music Center, awards from BMI and NEA.
While Kurek is an American composer, he studied with several composers from various parts of the globe, including Hans Werner Henze (Germany), Eugene Kurtz (France), as well as William Bolcom and Leslie Bassett (USA). Kurek’s music has been performed by orchestras and ensembles on five continents. 
Kurek’s music is grounded in the tonal narrative, making the listener feel vicariously caught up in the musical story line. Fundamentally melodic, tuneful, and accessible, but by no means dumbed-down, this is highly crafted music that satisfies the intellect but also moves the emotions. Listeners often fall in love with this music and want to hear it again and again, like they once did the classics.

Kurek received his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan, and is currently at Vanderbilt University as part of the composition faculty.

Below, check out a glimpse into the musical world of Michael Kurek. This performance features the “Pas de deux” from Michael Kurek’s Trio for Violin, Violoncello, and Piano. The accompanying ballet was choreographed by Sarah Slipper:

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