Originally from Danbury, CT, Paul Frucht is an emerging American composer whose music has been hailed for its “sense of lyricism, driving pulse, and great urgency” (WQXR). His music has recently been performed by the San Diego Symphony under conductor James Feddeck, the Juilliard Orchestra under conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, musicians of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jerry Steichen, Ensemble dal Niente, Court-Circuit Ensemble, and the Sherman Chamber Ensemble. As the 2014 composer-in-residence at the pianoSonoma Festival, he received several performances in Weill Hall of the Green Music Center, including the premiere of a work for two pianos, Double Cascade. Additionally, the 2014-15 season will feature performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, the American Modern Ensemble, the Dynamic Music Festival, the Hsin Trio, the Asia America New Music Institute, the Les Deux violin duo, the Pulsing and Shaking Festival, the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Orchestra under conductor Yuga Cohler, and a commission from the Choreographic Institute at the New York City Ballet which features a collaboration on a new work with choreographer George Williamson. This summer, Paul will return to the pianoSonoma Festival as the 2015 composer-in-residence and will begin his position as the artistic director of the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive, a new week-long festival in Connecticut.
Paul is the recipient of three of the most prestigious prizes awarded to composition students by the Juilliard School: the Gena Raps Chamber Music Prize, the Arthur Friedman Award for outstanding orchestral composition, and the Palmer Dixon Prize for the most outstanding work by a student composer in an academic year. Recently, he was named a recipient of a 2015 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also received recognition from Periapsis Music and Dance, the American Modern Ensemble, and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and the American Composers Orchestra. He is the recipient of several scholarships from the Juilliard School, including the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship, the Arlene J. Smith Scholarship, and the Marvin Hamlisch Scholarship in Composition.
Paul is currently studying with Robert Beaser as a second-year Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Juilliard School, where he also graduated with a Master of Music degree in composition in 2013. In 2011, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from New York University’s Steinhardt School, where he studied with Justin Dello Joio. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned the annual award for “Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition.”
Articles by Paul Frucht:
As I got older and began to compose, I began to understand why all of my local music teachers talked so much about Charles Ives. It wasn’t what I suspected...