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Jack Gallagher: Bio

Composer JACK GALLAGHER'S works have been performed or recorded by the London Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Krakow, Kiev Philharmonic, U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, GRAMMY® award-winning pianist Angelin Chang, Trio Terzetto, and others.

His Naxos debut recording by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by GRAMMY®-winner JoAnn Falletta, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, was greeted by twin rave reviews in Fanfaremagazine. Fanfare acclaimed the disc as "a most welcome release of some absolutely fantastic music," noting "there is poignancy, explosive energy, good-natured humor . . . and a warm-hearted directness that is tremendously engaging. Citing his Berceuse as "so beautiful it could make you cry," Fanfare noted "Gallagher writes beautiful music and he is very, very good at it." The disc was chosen as "KBAQ CD of the week" by Sterling Beaff, Music Director, KBAQ 89.5 FM (Tempe, Arizona) and for "New Classical Tracks: Orchestral Discoveries" by Julie Amacher of Minnesota Public Radio. 

The Cleveland Plain Dealer said his music "evokes glowing images" and exhibits "glistening personality." Gallagher's Symphony in One Movement: Threnody was acclaimed by in Tunemagazine as "enormously inventing" by Österreichische Musikzeitschrift as "a one-movement symphony of great colorfulness," and by Abeillemusique (Paris) as "a marvel of invention and orchestration." His compositions are included on fourteen published compact discs on the Naxos, Musical Heritage Society, Capstone, Vienna Modern Masters, Summit Records, Promuse, Altissimo, and ERM labels.

Gallagher's music has been broadcast over WGBH (Boston), KUSC (Los Angeles), WCLV (Cleveland), WQXR (New York), WNIB (Chicago), KING (Seattle), WETA (Washington, D.C.), WGUC (Cincinnati), MPR (Minneapolis/St. Paul), KBPS (Portland, OR), KVOD (Denver), KBAQ (Tempe), KFMA (Austin), WNED (Buffalo), WBHM (Birmingham), WWUH (Hartford), Classical 24, the Classical Public Radio Network, and numerous other stations. His Berceuse, recorded by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Krakow conducted by Szymon Kawalla, has been broadcast 50 times over Radio Stephansdom Klassiksender, 107.3 FM, Vienna, Austria.

He has been the recipient of awards, grants, fellowships, or recognition from the Ohio Arts Council, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, Meet the Composer, the Yaddo Corporation, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Petit Jean International Art Song Festival, the Barlow International Composition Contest, the Virginia chapter of the College Band Directors National Association, and The College of Wooster Henry Luce III Award for Distinguished Scholarship.

As a producer, his recording for TNC Records of Messiaen's Oiseaux exotiques with pianist Angelin Chang, conductor John McLaughlin Williams and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (TNC CD 1515) won a 2007 GRAMMY® Award in the classical category "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra."

Gallagher is the Olive Williams Kettering Professor of Music at The College of Wooster, Ohio. He holds doctoral and master's degrees in composition from Cornell University and the bachelor's degree cum laude from Hofstra University. He studied composition with Elie Siegmeister, Robert Palmer and Burrill Phillips, participated in seminars with Karel Husa, Thea Musgrave and Ned Rorem, and in masterclasses with Aaron Copland, George Crumb and William Bolcom.

He lives in Wooster with his wife and is the father of two grown children.

1 Sonata for Piano mvt 1  
2 Sonata for Piano mvt 2  
3 Sonata for Piano mvt 3  
4 Evening Music  
5 Sonatina for Piano mvt 1  
6 Sonatina for Piano mvt 2  
7 Sonatina for Piano mvt 3  
8 Nocturne  
9 Six Bagatelles 1  
10 Six Bagatelles 2  
11 Six Bagatelles 3  
12 Six Bagatelles 4  
13 Six Bagatelles 5  
14 Six Bagatelles 6  
15 Pastorale  
16 Six Pieces for Kelly 1  
17 Six Pieces for Kelly 2  
18 Six Pieces for Kelly 3  
19 Six Pieces for Kelly 4  
20 Six Pieces for Kelly 5  
21 Six Pieces for Kelly 6  
22 Malambo Nouveau  
23 Happy Birthday, April  

Composer Jack Gallagher's newest release of solo piano music performed by Juilliard graduate Frank Huang includes numerous works, often dedicated to his wife or daughter, composed across a 40-year span. Gallagher's Sonatina aspires to unabashed geniality, its middle movement the original piano incarnation of his Berceuse for orchestra, itself widely broadcast by national and regional media. The engaging Six Pieces for Kelly was composed for his daughter when she was eight years old. Pastorale and Happy Birthday, April were written as birthday presents for his wife. The Six Bagatelles are short, brisk, colorful pieces. More rigorous are the technically-challenging Sonata for Piano, opening the program, and Malambo Nouveau, an animated encore piece. Pianist Huang, acclaimed for his "tremendous flair and a sense of the Romantic virtuoso style" (New York Concert Review), deftly and vibrantly captures the soul and spirit of each work.

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