Remembering Composer Ruth Lomon

We are saddened to report that our friend and artist Ruth Lomon past away on Tuesday after a long battle with illness.

Ruth Lomon was a Canadian Native out of Montreal and attended the le Conservatoire fe Quebec and McGill University. From there, she continued her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying under Frances Judd Codee, and then moved onto Darington College in England where she studied under Witold Lutoslawski.

Lomon’s music consists of orchestral, chamber, vocal, solo works, and multimedia compositions. For many years, Lomon and her husband Earle lived in New Mexico where she became interested in the music of Native Americans. Her experience living in New Mexico is often reflected in her work.

“[Ruth Lomon’s] musical language is a model of coherence with elegant imagination, subtle craft, and an unfailing sense of apt senority.” – Mel Powell

Back in March of this year, Lomon released her debut PARMA album SHADOWING on Navona Records. The album showcases her remarkable skill in writing for the piano, pushing the instrument’s timbre and color to its limits to create animated sound worlds such as those of the title work, Shadowing. 

The album was received wildly by major platforms such as Gramophone and Woman’s Philharmonic Agency.

Ruth Lomon was awarded grants from Massachusetts Council of the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, The New Mexico Arts Division, National Endowment for the Arts, and many others.

Since 1998, Lomon served as the composer and resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.

One of Lomon’s most popular works, Songs of Remembrance, which is a song cycle of poems about the Holocaust, was premiered at the John Knowles Paine Concert Hall at Harvard University. The works have since been performed at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. and at the IAWM (International Alliance of Women in Music) Congress in London. Song of Remembrance received the Miriam Gideon Composition Award.

“Ruth Lomon was a remarkable composer, and a kind and graceful person – we at PARMA feel lucky to have had the chance to work with her and her music. Her studies with Witold Lutosławski and Henri Dutilleux connect her to an impressive musical lineage, but her composition style was always very much her own – dynamic, engaging, and exciting. We will always think back fondly on the time we spent collaborating with Ruth, and we will continue to preserve and champion her music, which will live on as part of her legacy.” – Sam Renshaw, VP of A&R

We will miss our friend, however, she will forever be remembered through her robust musical legacy.

Read Ruth Lomon’s obituary here.

 

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  1. Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival has programmed an extensive tribute to Ruth throughout our 2018 season. One of her works will be performed on four of our concerts: Shadowing (piano quartet), (Re)Weavings (Native Flute and Mixed Quartet, Masks (solo piano) and Imprints (piano concerto with 4 percussion). Individual tickets become available March 15th. Be advised that the summer season is usually Sold Out by June.

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