John Corigliano's numerous honors include the Pulitzer Prize (2001, Symphony No. 2) the Grawemeyer Award (1991, Symphony No. 1) the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition (1991, Symphony No. 1: 1996, String Quartet) and the Academy Award "Oscar" (2000, The Red Violin). His orchestral, choral, and chamber works are played worldwide; and his opera The Ghosts of Versailles, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera for its centenary, is scheduled both for its Buenos Aires premiere at the Teatro Colon in 2008 and its second revival at the Metropolitan in the 2009-2010 season. In 2006, Corigliano's Violin Concerto, (2003) developed from themes from The Red Violin, received its New York debut with Joshua Bell and the New York Philharmonic after engagements in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and London. In spring, Leonard Slatkin led both the U. S. Marine Band in performances of Circus Maximus: Symphony No. 3 (2005) for wind orchestra at Strathmore Hall in Washington, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in performances of Corigliano's Symphony No. 1. (Slatkin's recording of this piece with the NSO won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording of the Year.) The New York City Ballet opened its spring season with a new ballet on the Violin Concerto, choreographed by Peter Martins: the concerto receives its first recording with Martin Alsop leading Joshua Bell and the Baltimore Symphony, which commissioned the work, this coming summer for SONY Classical. John Corigliano lives in New York.
Amy Burton's versatile musical life encompasses opera, chamber music, orchestral repertoire, recitals and cabaret. Among the many organizations with whom she has performed are the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Washington Opera, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Opernhaus Zürich, L'Opéra de Nice, Scottish Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Munich Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the Tokyo String Quartet. She appears frequently in recital with her husband, composer/pianist John Musto, with New York Festival of Song, and has been heard in recital at the 92nd Street Y, The Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Joe's Pub, and at Caramoor. Among her many awards are Opera America's first Artist Advocate Award (2006), New York City Opera's Diva Award (2005), Christopher Keene Award (2000) and Kolosvar Award (1997), Silver Medalist in the 1995 Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition, and major prizes from the Gerda Lissner and George London Foundations. Ms. Burton has recorded for Angel/EMI, Albany, CRI and Harbinger Records. Her latest recording, Souvenir de Printemps (2005) has received rave reviews both in the US and in France. Future engagements include Jenny in Mahagonny with Opera Boston, the Governess in Turn of the Screw with Opera Cleveland, as well as performances of Souvenir de Printemps at the Liceo in Barcelona. She lives in New York with her husband and their son Joshua.
Stephen Gosling is a ubiquitous presence on the New York new music scene, and has also performed throughout the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia. His playing has been hailed as ‘brilliant,' ‘electric,' and ‘luminous and poised' (The New York Times), and as possessing ‘utter clarity and conviction' (Washington Post), and ‘extraordinary virtuosity' (Houston Chronicle). A native of Sheffield, England, Gosling relocated to New York in 1989 to begin studies with Oxana Yablonskaya at the Juilliard School. Upon graduation from the Bachelor of Music programme in 1993, he was awarded the Mennin Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Excellence in Music. Earlier that year he performed Corigliano's Piano Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Juilliard Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, and gave the European premiére of Paul Schoenfield's Four Parables with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic under Lukas Foss. In 1994 Gosling received his Master's degree from Juilliard and was awarded the Sony Elevated Standards Fellowship. He subsequently enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts programme, from which he graduated in 2000. Stephen Gosling was for three years pianist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and appeared in several seasons of the ‘Summergarden' series at MOMA. He is a member of both Ensemble Sospeso and the New York New Music Ensemble, and has performed with Orpheus,
the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre, Speculum Musicae, the DaCapo Chamber Players, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Continuum, the League of Composers/ ISCM Chamber Players, and Da Camera of Houston. He has also participated in off-Broadway productions and collaborated with a number of dance companies, including the American Ballet Theatre and the Parsons Dance Project.