The NEC Young Composers Forum is an open space in which young composers from anywhere in the world are invited to present their work not in the context of a performance, but rather in a presentation or lecture format. Eight young composers have been invited to talk about their music as a way for specialized audiences —composers, performers, and theorists— to learn more about what is currently happening in new music composition not only in Boston, but also around the world. Therefore, this entrepreneurial project is outwardly beneficial: not only does it benefit audiences, but it also helps young composers gain valuable skills, increase awareness about their work, and possibly make important personal connections that will help them advance their careers.

NEC YCF FINAL SESSION: Derek Beckvold & Stratis Minakakis

The NEC YCF is proud to present visiting artists Derek Beckvold and Stratis Minakakis.

Derek Beckvold has made music throughout North America and Europe. He has performed many styles of music, including classical music, new music, old music, improvised music, jazz music, north indian music and west african music. He plays saxophones, clarinets and tabla. He is also a composer and conductor. He is also a very bad flute player. He is an even worse banjo player. He has worked with many internationally recognized composers, performers and ensembles. He graduated from the New England Conservatory in 2009 with a BA in saxophone, studying with Ken Radnofsky and Allan Chase, Indian music with Peter Row and Jerry Leake, and composition with Lyle Davidson, Anthony Coleman and Gunther Schuller.

Stratis Minakakis (b. 1979) studied composition, theory and piano performance in his native Greece, the United States and France. His output includes work for solo, chamber and orchestral ensembles. His music has been performed and commissioned by leading institutions and ensembles, such as the PRISM saxophone quartet, Tosiya Suzuki and the Next Mushroom Promotion ensemble, the Arditti String Quartet, the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Ensemble Counter)induction, the Second Instrumental Unit, Ensemble I/O, the Contemporary Music Ensemble in Athens and Princeton University. A recipient of numerous academic and artistic awards, most recently his work Aggeloi II received the 2010 Takefu International Composition Prize in the Takefu International Festival in Japan (Toshio Hosokawa, director). Also active in the field of music theory, he has lectured in Europe and the U.S. as well as published articles on the music of Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, György Ligeti and the Greek avant-garde. As a conductor, he has premiered several new works by contemporary composers for chamber and symphony ensembles. Stratis Minakakis is currently a faculty member at the New England Conservatory Music Theory Department in Boston, Massachusetts.
Friday, January 21, 2011
NEC Pierce Hall
241 St. Botolph Street
Boston, MA 02115

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