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Described as “exquisite” (Gramophone), “riveting” (The New York Times), “arresting” (The Boston Globe), “compellingly original” (Boston Phoenix), “full, extravagant and wild” (Sydney Morning Herald), and “edgy, bright and entertaining as hell” (NewMusicBox), the works of Nicholas Vines (b.1976, Sydney) have been performed by the likes of Alarm Will Sound, BMOP, Ensemble Offspring, the Schola Cantorum Gedanesis Chamber Choir, the BT Scottish Ensemble and the Australian Piano Quartet. He has been commissioned by organisations around the world, such as Acacia Quartet, Callithumpian Consort, Firebird Ensemble, mmm…, Guerilla Opera, ChamberMade Opera, Ensemble Apex, the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and various Sydney schools. Recognition for Vines’s work includes APRA AMCOS Art Music, Helpmann and Green Room Awards (2011/2012, 2007, 2006), runner-up in the 2010 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, an honourable mention in the 2006 Salvatore Martirano Competition (USA), and 2nd Prize in the ‘Musica Sacra 2005’ Competition (Poland). Published also by Wirripang, Faber Music, the Australian Composers Online Project and Alexander Street Press, his compositions are predominantly available through the Australian Music Centre. Navona Records has released albums of Vines’s work featuring the Callithumpian Consort (Torrid Nature Scenes) and Guerilla Opera (Loose, Wet, Perforated). Graduating in 2007 with a PhD from Harvard University, Vines taught theory and composition there and at Wellesley College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before taking up a position at Sydney Grammar School. He is also a composition tutor at the University of New South Wales, and mentor for the annual Artology Fanfare Competition, which in 2016 won the APRA AMCOS Art Music Award for Excellence in Music Education.
Ryan MacEvoy McCullough
American pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough has stretched his musicianship in every way possible, working with music old and new as soloist, collaborator, recording artist, and at times as programmer, sound diffusionist, and engineer. His multi-faceted interests have developed a repertoire that balances not only the canonical with the unknown, but also aesthetics from the classical sublime to the noise of electronic experimentalism. His work as a performer includes not only careful attention to written text, but also the instruments of performance, from historical keyboards to recreations of electronic tools for canonical electroacoustic works. Despite this diversity of musical activity, his aim is to find “the sound” that best clarifies the music at hand, whatever the circumstances.
Ryan has worked closely with some of today’s foremost composers, and has had many works written for him, including by John Harbison, James Primosch, Carter Pann, John Liberatore, Christopher Stark, and Dante De Silva. Ryan’s growing discography of new works includes an Innova Records release of Andrew McPherson’s Secrets of Antikythera for magnetic resonator piano, solo piano music of John Liberatore on Albany Records, and vocal and piano works of John Harbison and James Primosch on Albany Records with soprano (and wife) Lucy Fitz Gibbon.
Mr. McCullough studied primarily with Deborah Clasquin, David Louie, and John Perry, in addition to influential work with Stephen Drury, Leon Fleisher, and Xak Bjerken. Ryan holds degrees from Humboldt State University, Colburn Conservatory, University of Southern California, Glenn Gould School, and Cornell University.