Latest News:

  • Paul has been awarded a Morton Gould Young Composer Award from ASCAP for his orchestral work, Dawn
  • Paul has been appointed composer-in-residence for the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra for the 2017-18 season
  • Paul's work, Reckoning, was recently premiered by cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki and featured on Bargemusic's Here and Now Labor Day Series. Check out the performance here
  • Check out Paul's written interview with 15 Questions here
  • Paul has been awarded, by audience vote, the American Composer Orchestra's Audience Choice Award for his work, Dawn

About Paul Frucht

Originally from Danbury, CT, Paul Frucht is an emerging American composer whose music has been hailed for its “sense of lyricism, driving pulse, and great urgency” (WQXR). His music has recently been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Weill-Cornell Music and Medicine Orchestra, the Chelsea Symphony, American Modern Ensemble, Ensemble dal Niente, the Les Deux violin duo, the LONGLEASH Trio, violinist Hannah Ji, cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki on Bargemusic’s Here and Now Labor Day Series, at the Utah Arts Festival, at the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute, at the Kyoto International Music Festival, at the Peabody-Essex Museum with the Asian American New Music Institute, and at the pianoSonoma Music Festival, where he was composer-in- residence from 2014-2015. Highlights of 2017 include performances of a new work for violist Caeli Smith as well as performances with the Ridgefield Symphony and the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, of which he has just been named composer-in- residence for the 2017-18 season.

Paul is the recipient of numerous honors and awards in composition. He was recently awarded a Morton Gould Young Composer Award from ASCAP. In 2015, he was awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is also the recipient of Juilliard’s Gena Raps Chamber Music Prize, the Arthur Friedman Award for outstanding orchestral composition, and the Palmer Dixon Prize for the most outstanding work by a student composer in an academic year. He has also received recognition from Periapsis Music and Dance, the American Modern Ensemble, the Nashville Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Red Note New Music Festival the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and the American Composers Orchestra, from whom he received the Audience Choice Award for his work Dawn, which was showcased by the ACO as part of the 25 th Annual Underwood New Music Readings. He is also the recipient of several scholarships from the Juilliard School, including the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship, the Arlene J. Smith Scholarship, and the Marvin Hamlisch Scholarship in Composition.

In 2015, Paul launched the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive, of which he is currently artistic director, in his hometown of Danbury, CT. A summer music festival that is both educational and performance-based, the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive champions the work of Danbury native, Charles Ives, as well as today’s living American composers. In just two years of operation, the festival has curated the performances of works by nearly 25 American composers and has featured several of today’s prominent soloists including percussionist Simon Boyar, violinist Charles Yang, and pianist Peter Dugan.

Paul holds a Master of Music Degree in Composition from the Juilliard School, where he is now a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate. In 2011, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University’s Steinhardt School, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition. His principal teachers have been Robert Beaser and Justin Dello Joio. An enthusiastic educator himself, Paul was a teaching fellow in Juilliard’s College Division for four years and an instructor in Juilliard’s Pre-College for two years before joining the adjunct at New York University’s Steinhardt School in 2015.

Works

List of Works By Category

Chamber Music

Reckoning (2016) for cello and piano
Duration: 17 minutes
Composed for Julian Schwarz and Marika Bournaki
Premiered by Julian Schwarz and Marika Bournaki on Bargemusic’s Here and Now Labor Day Series

Fantasy Variations (2016) for bassoon and piano
Duration: 7 minutes
Commissioned by the Resonant Grounds Initiative
Premiered by musicians of the Resonant Grounds Initiative at House Concert in New York City

Proviso (2015), for clarinet, piano, violin, viola, and cello
Duration: 13 minutes
Commissioned by the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute
Premiered at the 2015 New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute

Impulse (2015) for piano trio
Duration: 10 minutes
Commissioned by pianoSonoma for the Longleash Trio. Premiere anticipated for August 2015 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA.

Rhapsody (2014) for violin duo
Duration: 9 minutes, 30 seconds
Composed Les Deux Violins
Premiere 2015 TBA

Double Cascade (2014) for piano duo
Duartion: 9 minutes
Composed for the pianoSonoma Festival
Premiered by David Alasashvilli and Peter Dugan at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA

In Wind (2014) for flute, piano, violin, and cello
Duration: 5 minutes
Commissioned by the pianoSonoma Festival
Premiered by participants of the pianoSonoma Festival at the Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA

The Visitor (2014) for Pierrot Ensemble
Duartion: 10 minutes, 30 seconds
Composed for Ensemble dal Niente and the Red Note New Music Festival
To be premiered in March 2014 by Ensemble dal Niente at the Red Note New Music Festival in Normal, IL.

Four Extraordinary Temperaments (2013 - 2014) for String Quartet
Duration: 25 minutes
Composed for the Kleio Quartet
Premiered March 2014 at Morse Hall at the Juilliard School

Dawn (2013) for flute (alto), clarinet, harp, 2 violins, viola, and cello
Duration: 10 minutes
Composed in dedication to Dawn Hochsprung, the other twenty-five victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, and their families.
Premiered by members of the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Matthew Aucoin in April 2013, subsequent performances conducted by Yuga Cohler as well as the Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, the Ridgefield Symphony, and the Sherman Chamber Ensemble.

Echo in Rogers Park (2013) for Violin and Piano
    I. The Field
    II. Song from Another Time
Duartion: 14 minutes 30 seconds
Premiered by Stefani Collins and Ben Laude in April 2013, subsequent performance by Julia Choi and Ben Laude.

Music for Dance ("Unraveled") (2012)
Duration: 10 minutes
Composed for the “Composers and Choreographers” program at Juilliard. Premiered by members of the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Gene Chang in Meredith Wilson Theatre in November 2012. Subsequent performances conducted by Yuga Cohler in Peter Jay Sharpe and Morse Hall.

String Quartet (2012)
Duration: 5 minutes
Composed for Node Contemporary Music.

Residuum (2011)
Duration: 10 minutes
Composed for Flutist Daniel James. Premiered by members of the Juilliard Orchestra in November 2011 in Paul Hall at the Juilliard School.

Bloom (2011)
    I. Emergence
    II. Vigilance
Duration: 16 minutes
Composed for Pulse New Music. Premiered in April 2011 at Merkin Concert Hall.

Orchestra/Large Ensemble

Emergent Machine (2015) for orchestra
Duration: 8 minutes 30 seconds
Commissioned by the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Orchestra.
Premiered by the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Orchestra led by conductor Yuga Cohler in Peter Jap Sharpe Theatre.

Dawn (2016) for orchestra
3(picc)-2(eh)-3(bcl)-2, 2-2-2(bs.trb.)-1, timp + 2, hrp, pno, strings
Duration: 10 minutes
Composed in dedicated to Dawn Hochsprung, the other twenty-five victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, and their families.

Relic (2013) for Orchestra
Duration: 11 minutes 30 seconds
3(picc)-3(eh)-3(bcl)-3(cbn), 4-3-3-1, timp+4, hp, pno, strings
Premiered by Maestro Jeffrey Milarsky and the Juilliard Orchestra in Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre in February 2013.

Emergent Machine (2014) for wind ensemble
Duration: 8 minutes 30 seconds
Commissioned by the Music Parents’ Association of Fairfield High Schools, Inc.
Premiere TBA

Penumbra (2012) for Orchestra
Duration: 15 minutes
3 (picc)(alto)-2(eh)-3(bcl)-2, 4-3-3-1, timp+3, hp, pno, strings
Premiered by the San Diego Symphony through the American Composer’s Orchestra’s Earshot program in Copley Hall in April 2012.

Arrow in the Sand (2010) for Orchestra
Duration: 11 minutes
Composed for Ensemble dal Niente and the Red Note New Music Festival
To be premiered in March 2014 by Ensemble dal Niente at the Red Note New Music Festival in Normal, IL.

Solo Works

Stag (2016) for Solo Violin
Duration: 13 minutes
Commissioned by the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive.
Premiere with violinist Hannah Ji anticipated for spring 2017 in Danbury, CT

Four Pieces (2015) for Solo Piano
Duration: 15 minutes
Commissioned by the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive.
Premiered by pianist Robert Fleitz at the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive

Exclamation (2010) for Flute
Duration: 4 minutes
Composed for Mike McCoy.

Vocal Works

Three States of Relativity (2015) for mezzo-soprano and piano
Duration: 15 minutes
    I. The Yesterday, text by Heather Burns
    II. Time Enough, text by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
    III. Mid-summer, was it, When they Died, text by Emily Dickinson
Composed for pianoSonoma guest artist mezzo-soprano Kara Seinz and artist-in-residence pianist Peter Dugan. Premiered anticipated for August 2015 in Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA.

Media

Reckoning, performed by cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki


The Visitor, performed by the American Modern Ensemble


Four Temperaments III. Intrepidus, performed by the Kleio Quartet

Events

Friday, March 10th, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Ballade, for solo violin
"Phases: A Lunar Phantasy" featuring Asian American New Music Institute
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
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Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Stag, for solo violin
Hannah Ji, violin on the CMI Artist Concert Series
Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre, Danbury, CT

Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 2 PM

Rhapsody, for violin and viola
Recital featuring Ariel Horowitz, violin and Lauren Seiss, viola
92nd Street Y, New York, NY

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at 8 PM

Emergent Machine, for wind ensemble
Fredonia Concert Band
Rockerfeller Arts Center King Concert Hall, Fredonia, NY

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 4 PM

Reckoning, for cello and piano
“Music by Jewish-American Composers” featuring Julian Schwarz, cello and Marika Bournaki, piano
Congregation Shir Shalom, Ridgefield, CT

Saturday, May 13th at 7:30 PM

TBD, for viola and piano
Recital featuring Caeli Smith, viola and Ben Laude, piano
Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre, Danbury, CT

Sunday, August 6th-Saturday, August 12th

Works TBD
Danbury Chamber Music Intensive Artist Concert Series
Danbury, CT

Saturday, October 7th

Dawn, for orchestra
Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yuga Cohler
Location TBD, Ridgefield, CT

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