Edward Smaldone, who joined the Queens College faculty in 1989, is professor of music and was the director of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, City University of New York from 2002 to 2016. He holds degrees from Queens College and a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Professor Smaldone is the recipient of awards such as the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as grants and awards from ASCAP, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo Corporation, the Charles Ives Center for the Arts, the Percussive Arts Society, and the American Music Center. He was named “Composer of the Year” by the Classical Recording Foundation for 2016.
His music is recorded on the CRI, New World, Capstone, Ablaze, and Naxos labels. His latest recording The Beauty of Innuendo with the Brno Philharmonic, Mikel Toms conducting, was released on Ablaze Records in December 2014.