Edward Smaldone was born in 1956. He studied composition with George Perle, Ralph Shapey, Henry Weinberg and Hugo Weisgall, receiving BA and MA degrees from Queens College and a PhD in composition from the CUNY Graduate Center. Smaldone’s music has received honors and awards from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the American Music Center, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, and he is the recipient of the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His music is recorded on New World, CRI and Capstone labels. He is a former President of the League of Composers/ISCM and he is a Professor of Music (joining the faculty in 1990) and the director (since 2002) of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
Smaldone’s music has been performed by the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, the Queens Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Camerata, Oberlin New Music Ensemble, University of Chicago Chamber Players, the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble, Stony Brook Contemporary Ensemble, The League/ISCM Players, Da Capo Chamber Ensemble, and many other ensembles throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition to the outstanding performers collected on this recording, his music has been played by Michael Boriskin, Abraham Stockman, Marcy Rosen, Eric Bartlett, Richard Markson, Benjamin Hall, Mindy Kaufmann, Charles Neidich, David Jolley, Curtis Macomber, Andre Emelianoff, and Tara O’Connor, among many others.
An active composer for the dance, Smaldone arranged music by and attributed to Pergolesi which has been performed worldwide by Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. Other dance collaborations have been with the Hartford Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow and with the dancer-choreographer Yin Mei. He is a co-author of the fifth edition of A New Approach to Sightsinging, WW Norton, 2011.
Writing a review of his 2000 CRI CD, Robert Carl noted that Smaldone is “creating a synthesis that is harmonious and yet diverse, backed up by very impressive technique.”