Earlier this summer John Harbison ‐ composer, pianist, and co-artistic director of the Token Creek Festival ‐ again served on the Tanglewood and SongFest faculties. May saw three premieres: Painting the Floors Blue, for violinist Jennifer Koh; The Nine Rasas, for clarinet, viola, and piano; and The Cross of Snow, for viols and countertenor. Last December, his opera The Great Gatsby had its first European performance, at Semperoper Dresden, where it will be reprised in May 2017. Upcoming premieres include Presences, for cello and string quartet, Psalm 116 for Chanticleer, and his sixth string quartet. Recent recordings include Songs After Hours (Mary Mackenzie and her jazz combo, Albany Records), John Harbison (chamber works by Camerata Pacifica, Harmonia Mundi); an album of recent orchestral works (Albany Symphony, Albany Records); and String Quartet No. 5 (Pro Arte Quartet, Albany Records). Harbison is recipient of the Pulitzer, MacArthur, and Heinz awards, and he is Institute Professor at MIT.
Violinist Rose Mary Harbison is co-Artistic Director of the Token Creek Festival. She has recorded for DDG, CRI, Koch, Northeastern, and New World. Her releases include John Harbison’s Concerto for Violin and Fantasy Duo (with Robert Levin). Among her concert partners have been Leonard Stein, Judith Gordon, Ursula Oppens, Robert Levin, and Eli Kalman. She has appeared as soloist with the Oakland, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh Symphonies, and has worked directly with many composers, including Aaron Copland and Roger Sessions. She has been guest artist with the Santa Fe, Aspen, Tanglewood, and Berlin Festivals, and she performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group in Vienna’s historic Secession Museum. With Rudolph Kolisch she founded the Kolisch Ensemble, and continues to be an advocate for his performance practice, presenting seminars at the Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals. Ms. Harbison taught at Brandeis University and MIT, was named a Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute, was winner of an Ingram-Merrill Award, and is a founding member of Emmanuel Music, Boston, with whom she performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto and, on their ten-season Schubert Series, the Fantasy for Violin and Piano and the Piano Trio in E-flat and, on their Schumann series, the Violin Sonata in D Minor. Her Tanglewood performances have included Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto, his Phantasy, and John Harbison’s Crane Sightings.