Miniature Selected for NYC Premiere (Vox Novus)

Posted by Lucas Oickle on Thursday, February 6, 2014
My 60-second miniature for clarinet and classical guitar, Matsuri Miniature, has been selected as one of 15 winners of Vox Novus' most recent 15 Minutes of Fame project (part of their well established Composers Voice Concert Series, which is based in New York City). Vox Novus is directed by Robert Voisey, and the artistic director of Composers' Voice is Douglas DaSilva. This particular concert will feature Thomas Piercy (clarinet) and Vilian Ivantchev (guitar). 

Fifteen-Minutes-of-FameJapan Perspective 
–Thomas Piercy, clarinet & Vilian Ivantchev, guitar
1:00pm April 13, 2014
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street
New York City.

Thomas Piercy is a critically acclaimed clarinetist with orchestral, concerto, solo and chamber music appearances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. His performances have been described by critics as "passionate," "pulling out all the stops," “the best Piazzolla in NYC,” and by the New York Times as “brilliant,” “playing with refinement and flair” and “evoking a panache in the contemporary works.” He studied at the Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music. He studied clarinet extensively with the English clarinetist Gervase De Peyer; additional studies were with Kalmen Opperman and Leon Russianoff. A versatile artist defying categorization - the clarinetist on the Emmy Award-winning Juno Baby CD and DVDs; performing Mozart with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade; playing Broadway songs with Raoul Julia; working with the composer Leonard Bernstein; appearing in a KRS-ONE rap music video; performing concert improvisations with jazz pianist Donal Fox; premiering new works; recording with members of Maroon 5 - as an instrumentalist, he has performed and recorded for Broadway and Off-Broadway, commercial recordings, television, radio, videos, and movie soundtracks. Mr. Piercy has performed at many acclaimed concerts halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series (Chicago, Illinois), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Wigmore Hall (London, England), Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome, Italy) and Parthenon (Tokyo, Japan). He has performed several times at the International Clarinet Festival, the world's largest annual gathering of noted clarinetists, including a concert in memory of Leon Russianoff, a concert of contemporary American music in Japan, and an all-Piazzolla program. He has performed and premiered over 150 contemporary pieces written for him, including Grammy Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem only piece for clarinet and piano. He has had arrangements and transcriptions published by Boosey & Hawkes, and contributed to clarinet study books and clarinet compositions published by Carl Fischer, Inc., and Baron Publishing. Recordings available on such labels as the Albany, Capstone, Changing Tones, DGA, NJSF and Tonada labels. More information at

Guitarist Vilian Ivantchev began his studies in his native country, Bulgaria, at the Lubomir Pipkov National Music School. When he moved to New York at age 11, he joined the Mannes Preparatory Division and its honors program. Mr. Ivantchev holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mannes the New School for Music and a Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of music. In the recent release of the CD “Café”, music for Clarinet and Guitar, Vilian Ivantchev was hailed as having “Almost superhuman discipline!” – Lucid Culture. The CD is a collaborative project with internationally acclaimed clarinetist Thomas Piercy. Mr. Ivantchev’s most recent CD feature is on the Vienna Modern Masters label playing the music of David Loeb. Mr. Ivantchev has played in some of the most prestigious venues in New York City, such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, and The National Arts Club. He is a recipient of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Award that enabled him to perform in chamber ensembles at Alice Tully Hall. Recent performances include Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint with members of the Cygnus Ensemble at Weill Recital Hall and Luigi Boccherini's "La Ritirada di Madrid" guitar quintet with the Orion String Quartet. Mr. Ivantchev has extensively recorded the music of Terry Champlin with the Mannes Guitar Quartet, violinist Sabina Torosjan, guitarist and vocalist Helen Avakian, composer and guitarist Terry Champlin, and legendary percussionist Jeff Haynes culminating in a recently released CD trilogy.

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