HASKELL SMALL (b 1948 )
The works of Washington, D.C. native Haskell Small have been performed in Germany, France, Poland, Iceland, Brazil, Canada, Japan, China and in important venues in major American cities from San Francisco to New York, as well as being heard on recordings on the MSR Classics, Museum Music, 4Tay, Albany, Klavier, Northeastern, and now Naxos label. His music has been championed by many notable artists, including violinist Sidney Harth, cellist Ignacio Alcover, bassoonists Shigeru Ota and Arnold Irchai, 2-piano teams Quattro Mani and the Paratore Brothers, chamber groups Brave New Works, the Dorian Wind Quintet and the American Chamber Ensemble, orchestras such as the Georgetown Symphony and the Mount Vernon Orchestra (composer-in-residence 2000–2003), and a number of pianists including the internationally renowned Soheil Nasseri.
As a composer of music for dance, Mr Small was the winner of the 1999 Marin Ballet Dance Score Competition, and his choreographed music has also been presented at the Kennedy Center by the Washington Ballet. Mr Small has received commissions from and been funded by such organizations as the American Composers Forum, 21st Century Classical, the Phillips Collection (Renoir’s Feast on present recording), and the Paul Hill Chorale, and has been featured at China’s Sister Cities Festival and Poland’s 2007 Festival of American Music. His principal publisher is PeerMusic Classical. Haskell Small received his musical training at the San Francisco Conservatory and Carnegie-Mellon University, and studied composition with Roland Leich and Vincent Persichetti.
Following in the tradition of 18th- and 19th-century composer-pianists, Haskell Small is also an accomplished pianist, often performing his own works. He studied piano with William Masselos and Leon Fleisher and is currently piano department Chair of the Washington Conservatory of Music.