KENNETH FUCHS (b 1956 )
Kenneth Fuchs has composed music for orchestra, band, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. The London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, has recorded four discs of Fuchs’s music for Naxos American Classics. The first (8.559224), released in August 2005, was nominated for two GRAMMY® Awards. The second (8.559335), which features music for horn, was released in January 2008. 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 (8.559723), recorded in August 2011 at London’s historic Abbey Road Studios, was released in August 2012. BBC Music Magazine stated, “Kenneth Fuchs writes tonal orchestral music of great imagination. He’s a master of orchestral writing. On Naxos’s third Fuchs recording, everything gets five-star treatment. The LSO under JoAnn Falletta sounds brilliant in a spacious Abbey Road recording.” The disc was nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY® Award. The fourth disc (8.559753) represents the continuation of nearly thirty years of musical collaboration between Fuchs and Falletta. Naxos released Fuchs’s third disc of chamber music (8.559733) in April 2013, which includes 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.” With Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, Fuchs created three chamber musicals, The Great Nebula in Orion, A Betrothal, and Brontosaurus, which were originally presented by Circle Repertory Company in New York City. Fuchs’s music is performed worldwide and has achieved significant global media exposure through audio broadcast, downloading and streaming. Fuchs serves as Professor of Composition at the University of Connecticut. He received his doctor of musical arts degrees in composition from The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Milton Babbitt, David Diamond and Vincent Persichetti. His music is published by Edward B. Marks Music Company, Hal Leonard Corporation, Theodore Presser Company, and Yelton Rhodes Music, and it has been recorded by Albany, Cala, and Naxos Records.