KENNETH FUCHS (b 1956 )
Kenneth Fuchs’s fifth album with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta won the 2018 GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Compendium. The award capped thirty years of musical collaboration between Fuchs and Falletta and fifteen years recording five albums with the LSO for Naxos American Classics.
The first album (8.559224), released in 2005, was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards. The second (8.559335) was released in 2008 and featured music for horn. Musicweb International stated, ‘Fuchs’s distinctive voice is evident from the outset, and his flair for orchestral colours and sheer lyricism shine through’.
The third album (8.559723), released in 2012, was nominated for a GRAMMY Award. BBC Music Magazine stated, ‘Kenneth Fuchs writes tonal orchestral music of great imagination. He’s a master of orchestral writing.’
The fourth album (8.559753), recorded at Abbey Road in 2013 and released in 2014, featured baritone Roderick Williams in a programme of vocal music based on texts by Don DeLillo, John Updike and William Blake. Gramophone magazine wrote, ‘Fuchs claims his own expressive warmth and colour… The performances are exemplary, from baritone Roderick Williams’s commanding artistry to the bold, fresh playing of the London Symphony Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta’s sensitive direction.’ The album’s principal work, Falling Man (text by Don DeLillo, adapted by J.D. McClatchy), was presented as a monodrama in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11 by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.
The fifth Naxos album included three new concertos—for piano, saxophone and electric guitar—and an orchestral song cycle. In 2013, Naxos released a recording of Fuchs’s chamber music (8.559733) including Falling Canons, Falling Trio and String Quartet No. 5 ‘American’. Gramophone stated, ‘Few composers have gained as much mileage—or found greater range—than Fuchs’s “Falling” works, which open and close this collection.’
Albany Records released the highly successful album Kenneth Fuchs: String Quartets 2, 3, 4 performed by the American String Quartet. The American Record Guide stated, ‘String quartet recordings don’t get much better than this.’ Fuchs’s music is performed worldwide and has achieved significant global media exposure through audio broadcast, downloading and streaming.
Fuchs serves as Professor of Music Composition at the University of Connecticut. At the University of Miami, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree, Fuchs studied with acclaimed band composer Alfred Reed and performed flute and piccolo under renowned band conductor Frederick Fennell. He received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Milton Babbitt, David Diamond and Vincent Persichetti.
For complete information, see www.kennethfuchs.com.