This Year's Visiting Professors
Zohn-Muldoon received his undergraduate degree in guitar and composition from the University of California at San Diego, and both a Master's degree and PhD in composition from the University of Pennsylvania, where his principal teacher was George Crumb. Zohn-Muldoon's honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Tanglewood Music Center (Omar del Carlo Foundation), Camargo Foundation, Endowment for Culture and the Arts of Mexico, a Mozart Medal from the Embassy of Austria in México, and commissions from the Fromm Foundation, U.S./Mexico Fund for Culture and other noted institutions and ensembles in México, the U.S., and Europe.
His works have been performed by groups such as the Sirius Ensemble, eighth blackbird Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Earplay, Neue Ensemble Hannover, and San Francisco Contemporary Players. Performances have taken place at ISCM World Music Days, National Public Radio's "St. Paul Sunday," Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gaudeamus International Music Week, Academy of Arts in Munich, Festival Internacional Cervantino, and Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva, among others. Recent projects include Hebras a setting of aphorisms by Mexican poet Rául Aceves, written for the international project Ensemble Spiel, and performed in Amsterdam, Hannover, and Krakow;Comala, a scenic cantata based on Juan Rulfo's Pedro Páramo, premiered by The Furious Band at the Festival Música y Escena in México City, the miniature opera NiñoPolilla, on a libretto by Juan Trigos senior, for the festival A*Devangarde, in Munich, and chamber works for the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Sirius Ensemble, cellist Juan Hermida, and the CCM Guitar Ensemble. He is currently working on a work for the Tarab Cello Ensemble, under the auspices of a commission from the Fromm Foundation.
The music of Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez has been described by the press as “vigorously organized and highly visceral...neither eclectic nor post modern nor owing allegiance to any passing fashion”. Born in Mexico City in 1964, he studied at the Peabody Conservatory, Yale University, Princeton and Tanglewood under Henri Dutilleux, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick. He is Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Among the many awards he has received are the 2007 Barlow Prize, a Finalist Prize at the 2004 Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestral Composer Competition, as well as the 2003 Lee Ettelson Composition Award. He has also been honored in recent years with awards and fellowships from the Koussevitzky, Guggenheim, Fromm, Rockefeller, Camargo and Bogliasco Foundations. He was the 2000-01 American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellow and has received two B.M.I Composition Awards, the Mozart Medal from the governments of Mexico and Austria, and a Fulbright Fellowship. Sanchez-Gutierrez’s work is performed and recorded frequently in the U.S, Latin America, Europe and Asia.