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Joseph Turrin

Mahwah, NJ   

Joseph Turrin’s music has been commissioned and performed by the some of the worlds leading orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists. His work encompasses many varied forms, including choral, film, theater, opera, orchestral, chamber, jazz, electronic, and dance. His works have been recorded on: RCA, Naxos, EMI, Teldec, Summit, Klavier, Cala, Albany, MSR Classics, Crystal, and others. Not only a recipient of several commissions from the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Canadian Brass, Live from Lincoln Center, his works have been performed by such noted musicians and ensembles as Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Bramwell Tovey, Hugh Wolf,  Wynton Marsalis, Anne- Sophie Mutter, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Gewandhausorchestra (Leipzig, Germany), English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, New Orleans Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet, United States Air Force Band, United States Marine Band (The Presidents Own), Eastman Wind Ensemble, Nashville Symphony, Sumi Jo, Frederica Von Stade, Yo Yo Ma, Thomas Hampson and others

 He has received awards and grants from the National Endowment on the Arts, National Band Association Revelli Composition Award, ASCAP, American Music Center, United Nations, New Jersey State Council On the Arts and Meet the Composer. In 2006 his opera The Scarecrow was chosen by the National Opera Association as one of three outstanding chamber operas and in the same year the American Academy of Arts and Letters gave special mention to the piece. In 2006 he also received an honorary degree from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester. Mr. Turrin studied composition at the Eastman and the Manhattan School of Music and is currently on the composition faculty at the Hartt School, Montclair State University and Rutgers University. His compositions are published by Edition Peters, Boosey & Hawkes, Theodore Presser, Alfred Music, Hal Leonard, Editions BIM (Switzerland) and others.

Kurt Masur said about Mr. Turrin’s music: “I have always liked composers who are reflecting upon the musical sound of their country. Joseph Turrin does it in a very convincing way. I have taken great delight from getting to know his scores, which I have conducted in New York, in Europe, and in Asia.”



INVOCATION for chorus and wind symphony

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RIFFS & FANFARE for string trio, clarinet, horn and piano. (Commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center)

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FLUTTERING MACHINE from EQUNIOX for 16 instruments

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