Yamaha Welcomes Celebrated Composer Richard Danielpour to Its Distinguished Roster of Artists

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As one of the most visible and recorded composers of his generation, Richard Danielpour was drawn to Yamaha by the quality of its pianos, its leading-edge music technology and its unmatched service and support team

Richard Danielpour

“I have admired the music of Richard Danielpour for many years. He is unquestionably one of the most revered composers living today,” said Yamaha Artist Services Director Bonnie Barrett.

Richard Danielpour, one of the most sought-after composers of our time, has joined the distinguished family of Yamaha Artists. Mr. Danielpour’s remarkable oeuvre includes works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, wind and brass ensembles and band, as well as solo piano, ballet and opera. He was drawn to Yamaha by the quality of its pianos, its leading-edge music technology and its unmatched service and support team.

“My first piano was a Yamaha and I am still in love with it,” says Mr. Danielpour. “In recent years, I have played a number of Yamaha concert grands, and I am so impressed with them, not only because of how they ‘sound,’ but also because of how they ‘feel.’ Above all other instruments, when I play a Yamaha, I am at home.”

As one of the most visible and recorded composers of his generation, Mr. Danielpour’s list of commissions includes some of the most acclaimed artists of our day, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Frederica von Stade and Thomas Hampson, as well as the New York City and Pacific Northwest Ballets, among numerous others.

Mr. Danielpour has also had works commissioned by such renowned institutions as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Maryinsky and Vienna Chamber Orchestras, Orchestre National de France, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. With Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Mr. Danielpour created Margaret Garner, his first opera, which premiered in 2005 and had a second production with New York City Opera.

In 2016, Mr. Danielpour had seven world premieres in the United States. Most notable among them was Talking to Aphrodite, a song cycle for voice and string orchestra, which he wrote in collaboration with Erica Jong and premiered at Carnegie Hall in December 2016. He is currently working on an 80-minute oratorio, The Passion of Yeshua, which will premiere in July 2018 at the Oregon Bach Festival.

Mr. Danielpour also recently completed an 11th Bagatelle for solo piano, written especially for Yamaha Artist Inna Faliks. Ms. Faliks will record the piece as part of Mr. Danielpour’s recording of his complete set of Bagatelles, later this year.

“I have admired the music of Richard Danielpour for many years. He is unquestionably one of the most revered composers living today,” says Yamaha Artist Services Director Bonnie Barrett. “His music is simply beautiful and his body of work is impressive. Richard’s remarkable output will undoubtedly become a legacy that future musicians will cherish and embrace. I am proud that he has chosen Yamaha to be his partner and piano of choice.”

Ms. Barrett and Mr. Danielpour envision an artistic collaboration that supports Mr. Danielpour’s composition and teaching work, while highlighting the leading-edge music technology and product development of Yamaha. In the fall of 2017, Mr. Danielpour will relocate from New York City to Los Angeles, where he will become a fully tenured Professor of Composition at UCLA. He will also continue to teach at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. To help balance these new, bi-coastal responsibilities, he looks forward to using Yamaha “Remote Lesson” advanced distance learning technology that enables highly nuanced performance data—the actual key strokes and subtle pedal movements made by a performing artist—to be transmitted back and forth between similarly equipped instruments over the internet, with perfectly synchronized video streaming between the two locations.

A faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Danielpour has received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Charles Ives Fellowship, a Guggenheim Award, the Bearns Prize from Columbia University, and fellowships and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Copland House and the American Academies in Berlin and Rome.

Mr. Danielpour is one of the most recorded composers of his generation; many of his recordings can be found on the Naxos and Sony Classical labels. In 1999, he became only the fourth composer, other than Stravinsky, Copland and Glass, to sign an exclusive recording contract with a major American recording label, CBS/Sony. A graduate of Juilliard, Danielpour studied directly with Vincent Persichetti and Leonard Bernstein.

Learn more about Richard Danielpour at http://www.richard-danielpour.com. For more information about Yamaha Artist Services New York, please visit http://www.yamaha.com/yasi

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About Yamaha Artist Services New York, Inc.
Established in 1987 in New York City, Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. (YASI) provides a wide range of professional services exclusively for performing artists, concert venues, performing arts organizations and educational institutions, representing an unparalleled commitment to the music industry and an invaluable resource for musicians, presenters and educators worldwide.

Since 2005, Yamaha Artist Services New York has been in the heart of midtown Manhattan on Fifth Avenue and 54th Street, in an historical landmarked 1925 building which originally served as Aeolian Hall, the headquarters of the Aeolian Piano Company. Designed by Warren & Wetmore, the architects of other notable buildings in New York City (Grand Central Terminal, the former Steinway Hall on 57th St.,) the building later became the headquarters for Elizabeth Arden. Occupying over 4,000 square feet, the Yamaha Artist Services Piano Salon features an elegant performance venue seating up to 90 and houses a large selection of concert-ready Premium Pianos of various sizes, including the acclaimed Yamaha CF series (CFX, CF6, CF4,), Bösendorfer, and Disklavier instruments, as well as the innovative AvantGrand hybrid and TransAcoustic pianos. Led by Yamaha’s Chief Concert Technician, Yamaha Artist Services also provides outstanding technical support for concert venues and artists throughout the United States.
 
The Piano Salon is a state-of-the art, acoustically and technically adaptable environment. It features a wide-screen projection system with custom NEXO stereo sound, remote control cameras and a Newtek Tricaster system for video capture and live broadcast, and a 128 channel Dante-equipped Nuage recording and mixing console for professional audio recording and post production. The Piano Salon also features Yamaha's Active Field Control system (AFC), which uses sound processing technology to optimize room acoustics to suit the desired size of a performance, and can recreate authentic acoustic simulations of other performing arts venues.

It is a versatile space hosting instrument selections for artists, concert venues and educational institutions; rehearsals, recitals, auditions, masterclasses, press receptions, lectures and film screenings. The Piano Salon has been at the forefront of showcasing Yamaha’s groundbreaking RemoteLive and Remote Lesson technologies, a groundbreaking and innovative way of delivering a live performance or pedagogical experience by linking two or more Disklavier pianos together, anywhere in the world, in perfect synchronization with video streaming.

Yamaha Artist Services New York works in close collaboration with other Yamaha Artist Service centers throughout the world, including those located in Japan, China, Russia and Europe, ensuring the seamless and unwavering support of Yamaha Artists internationally, wherever they are performing.

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