The new organization, which will eventually become a 501-C3 non-profit organization, has three founders, composer Alla Elana Cohen and two of her students, Joseph Bachour and Brian Philip Buch and will officially be launched with this concert.
The idea of creating a formal "society of composers" came initially to Alla Cohen as one that will herald and uphold a specific style of serious musical school of thought. This musical style emanates from her own compositional methods, which she, as a teacher and mentor to the other members; her unique style and methodology is realized within the society with the birth of this organization.
The May 1 concert will feature Alla Cohen's stunning original compositions including "Avinu Malkeinu" for cello and piano in two movements, "Sefer HaShirim," series 7 for chamber orchestra in four movements, "Inner Temple" Vol. 1, series 7, "Writings on the Wall" in six movements and "The Clever Bürger and the Thieves" a short chamber opera buffa in three scenes.
Composer Brian Buch's compositions will also be featured. His compositions will include: "Stone of Traveling Winds No.1" in four movements for piano and violin, "Romance and Descent No. 1" in three movements for string quartet, "Romance and Descent No. 2" in five movements for string sextet and "Acanthus Leaves No. 1" in four movements for large chamber ensemble.
About Alla Cohen:
Alla Elana Cohen is a distinguished composer, pianist, music theorist and teacher who came to the United States from Russia in 1989. She received her education in Moscow, graduating from The Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the highest honors of distinction.
Landing in Boston, Massachusetts and rebuilding her life after escaping from Soviet Russia, Cohen quickly was recognized for her brilliance in music and she soon became a member of the faculty of New England Conservatory of Music -- and of Berklee College of Music as well. At these two prestigious institutions, she teaches composition, harmony, counterpoint and ear-training using her own unique methodology. Professor Cohen also teaches composition, piano and ear-training at her private studio in Boston’s Back Bay and presents annual concert performances of her music in Boston. These concerts have received great applause and press coverage including articles in all the major Boston outlets, such as Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix, Bay Windows, Boston Musical Intelligencer and EdgeBoston. In addition, Ms. Cohen was featured in a segment on WGBH TV’s Greater Boston. In 2010, Alla Cohen won the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition.
Of Cohen's concert in June, 2011, Boston Musical Intelligencer reviewer Susan Miron wrote, "Evidence abounded — as if the enthusiastic audience needed proof — at Boston’s Old South Church on June 7 that Alla Elana Cohen is a musical force to be reckoned with . . . I am in awe. The audience gave her a standing ovation. She earned every note of it."
About Brian Buch:
Brian Buch's excellent works have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Estonia and Russia. Currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, Brian composes for all genres of classical music from orchestral to chamber and solo instruments. His principal composition teacher and mentor is Alla Cohen who teaches at New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music and with whom he maintains a close personal and musical connection.
Many of Brian’s compositions have received national and international recognition, including a First Prize and two Second Place Prizes from the MTNA Young Artist Composition Competitions, two Honorable Mentions from the International Robert Helps Composition Competitions
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