WOMEN COMPOSERS 365 DAYS A YEAR

9 FEBRUARY 2019

Saturday, 9 February 2019

CLARICE ASSAD - BRAZIL
BORN 9 FEBRUARY

Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a serious triple threat,” Brazilian-American Clarice Assad is a visionary vocalist, virtuoso pianist and a Grammy nominated composer of musical depth and ability. Influenced by popular Brazilian culture, Romanticism, world music and Jazz, Assad is one of the most widely performed Brazilian concert music composers of her generation. Carefully crafted colorful textures permeate her soulful, and musical world, which embraces a wide variety of styles, from symphonic to chamber music, avant garde to Brazilian genres and French chanson.

She comes from a musical family, which includes her father, guitarist Sergio Assad, her uncle, guitarist Odair Assad, and her aunt, singer songwriter Badi Assad.

Assad has performed professionally since the age of seven. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a master's degree in Composition from the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of such awards as the American Composers Forum National Composition Competition (2016), the McKnight Visiting Composer Award (2015), the New Music Alive Partnership program (League of American Orchestras)-(2014–15), the Van Lier Fellowship (2010), Latin Grammy nomination for best contemporary composition (2009), the Aaron Copland Award (2007), the Morton Gould Young Composer Award (2006), All Songs Considered - NPR (2004), the Franklin Honor Society Award (2001) and the Samuel Ostrowsky Humanities Award (2001).

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Concerto for Scat singing, piano and orchestra by Clarice Assad 



DIANE GOOLKASIAN-RAHBEE - USA
BORN 9 FEBRUARY

Dianne Goolkasian -Rahbee composes a range of music at all levels. The majority of her writing is for the piano since she herself was trained as a pianist. She has a wealth of teaching pieces for early intermediate through early advanced students and has many large concert works for the advanced pianist as well.
She has in addition written many instrumental works, ensembles of various combinations, songs, orchestral works, etc.

Dianne began her early musical training as a pianist in Boston with Antoine Louis Moeldner who studied with two of Leschetitzky's most illustrious pupils, Helen Hopekirk and Paderewski. Moeldner was also a teaching assistant to Ossip Gabrilovich in New York. Helen Hopekirk was a respected composer as well as pianist and served as a role model for Goolkasian Rahbee at an early age. Goolkasian Rahbee continued her studies at Juilliard as a piano major and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria studying chamber music with Enrico Mainardi. In later years, she studied piano privately with David Saperton in New York and Lily Dumont, Russell Sherman, and Veronica Jochum in Boston.

In 1985, she was elected President of American Women Composers, Massachusetts Chapter and founded its annual marathon. Her music has been performed in Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy; Japan, Korea, Latvia; Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, etc. and throughout the U.S.


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A Trio of Tangos for piano trio by Dianne Goolkasian-Rahbee




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