My variation is "in darkness veiled" -- a pianistic nocturne in three panels with a tempestuous middle. Lush in textures with hints of the tune's motives, covering all registers, and evaporating upward at the close.
Judith Lang Zaimont is internationally recognized for her music’s emotion, strength, color sensitivity, and dynamism. A Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, First Prize winner in many competitions, and an Aaron Copland Award winner, she maintains a distinguished career, with more than 130 works spanning all genres to date. Her music is widely performed throughout the US, in Europe, and Asia, and pieces by her have served as competition repertoire for international contests in conducting and piano (2001 Cliburn, 2012 Kapell, 2017 APA (national)). Two dozen-plus CDs of her music are currently available (Naxos, Koch International Classics, Navona, Harmonia Mundi, MSR Classics and Leonarda).
Also an educator with professor appointments over 36 years at US universities, she is equally skilled as writer, creating and editing the NHA-awarded Greenwood Press book series, The Musical Woman: An International Perspective; her American Music Teacher magazine article “Embracing New Music” was named MTNA 2009 Article of the Year. www.jzaimont.com
As the artistic director of Center for Musical Excellence, I am always on the look out for new and undiscovered talents. They come to me, sometimes, by my colleagues’ recommendations and other times through young artists’ own research about our organization. Tyson Davis and Andrew Bambridge are currently on our roster of CME Young Artists, whom we mentor. Patricio Molina is a CME alumnus. Theo Chandler, Ji-Young Ko, and Daniel Newman-Lessler applied for our Grant program, and I got to know their work through that process. I decide on young artists when I notice a deep passion and drive within them, plus a certain kind of sparkle in the personality and lots of humility. In addition to musical talents, I believe these are the qualities that will take the young artists far. CME’s motto is "Moving Musicians Forward". I’ve chosen our Discovery Composers based on these qualities, whom we felt we could easily move forward.
- Min Kwon