AD&M Performance Group Composers

Eric Valinsky, Music Director

Eric Valinsky, Music Director

A native Manhattanite, Eric Valinsky has, for more years than he would like to admit, maintained dual careers in computer systems architecture and music. He was educated at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Illinois, finally achieving his DMA in music composition from Columbia University. He studied composition with Walter Aschaffenburg, Salvatore Martirano, Jack Beeson, and Darius Milhaud; piano with Sara Crawford Drogheo and Emil Danenberg; and conducting with Harold Farberman. While living in Los Angeles, he became music director and composer-in-residence or The Storie-Crawford Dance Theatre Ensemble. Returning to New York, he served in a similar capacity for Danny Buraczeski’s Jazzdance, Uris Bahr and Dancers, and The New American Ballet Ensemble as well as composer-in-residence for The Rachel Harms Dance Company, Opera Uptown, and the Dance Department at City College of New York. He currently moonlights as founder and partner of Inlineos LLC, a strategic Internet consulting company. He is also President of the Santa Barbara Music Club.

Kenji Bunch, Composer

Kenji Bunch, Composer

Kenji Bunch is an American composer and violist living in Portland, Oregon. Bunch currently serves as the Artistic Director of Fear No Music and teaches at Portland State University, Reed College, and for the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Known for “amalgamating traditional American musical forms… and European-based classical music, Bunch’s work for chamber ensemble, orchestra and ballet often incorporates elements of hip hop, jazz, bluegrass and funk to critical acclaim. Over sixty American orchestras have performed his music. His film credits include The Bellman Equation and The Argentum Prophecies. His discography includes recordings on Sony/BMG, EMI Classics, Koch, Kleos Classics, RCA, Naxos, Pony Canyon, GENUIN, Capstone, MSR Classics, Innova, ARS, and Crystal labels.

José Luis Greco, Composer

José Luis Greco, Composer

Born in New York City, José Luis Greco is the son of the Spanish dancers José Greco and Nila Amparo. After years involved with rock and jazz, he obtained a B.F.A. in music from the City College of New York and a master’s degree in composition from Columbia University. Before moving to the Netherlands, he had transcribed and orchestrated Ravi Shankar’s Raga-Mala (Sitar Concerto No. 2), premièred by the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta, and composed and conducted the production of his first opera, Aria Da Capo. Greco first achieved recognition in the 1980s as composer, performer and co-founder of Cloud Chamber, an Amsterdam-based multi-media, dance, theater and music company specializing in site-specific projects, and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Culture for ten consecutive years. Since 1994, Greco has lived in Madrid, Spain, where his symphonic works have been premièred by the major orchestras conducted by Sergiu Comissiona, Adrian Leaper, Andrés Salado, Miguel Romea and Enrique García Asensio, among others. His solo, chamber and choral compositions have enjoyed interpretations by some of Spain’s most distinguished performers and ensembles.

Benjamin Lees, Composer

Benjamin Lees, Composer

Benjamin Lees (1924-2010) spent his early years in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Following military service in WWII he attended the University of Southern California and later studied privately, with the composer George Antheil. A Fromm Foundation Award in 1953 and the first of two Guggenheim Fellowships took him to Europe, where he remained for seven years. He taught at the Peabody Conservatory, the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and Queens College (CUNY). His works have been performed by major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.

Daniel Levitan, Composer

Daniel Levitan, Composer

Daniel Levitan is the composer of numerous works for percussion ensemble that are regularly performed at colleges and universities across the country and around the world. He studied composition at Bennington College (BA, 1976) with Henry Brant, Vivian Fine, and Marta Ptazynska; and percussion privately with Phil Ford and Ray Spiegel (tabla), Frank Malabe (conga and latin percussion), and Tom Hemphill (mallets). Mr. Levitan, a graduate as well of the North Bennett Street School (1975), works as a piano technician in New York City, and writes and lectures on tuning topics for the Piano Technicians Guild.

David Noon, Composer

David Noon, Composer

A prolific composer, David Noon has written 232 works including chamber music, orchestral works, and choral compositions. Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania of Pennsylvania Dutch, Welsh, and American Indian heritage, he attended Pomona College, New York University, and Yale University, where he received his DMA in composition. From 1996-98, Noon was Composer Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. He was on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music in New York City from 1981-2011, where he was Chairman of the Music History Department, Chairman of the Composition Department (1989–98), and Dean of Academics.