The legendary DAVID AMRAM was named Composer-in-Residence of the New York Chamber Music Festival, coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein selecting Amram as the first ever Composer-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic.
David Amram was co-commissioned by the New York Chamber Music Festival and members of the Amram Ensemble to compose a new work for the Amram Ensemble: THREE LOST LOVES for violin, saxophone and piano, based on stories by authors Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston and Jack Kerouac, world-premiered on October 3, 2016, at the ZKM Center for Art & Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, by the Amram Ensemble: Elmira Darvarova (violin), Kenneth Radnofsky (saxophone) and Thomas Weaver (piano). The works was also recorded for the CD "David Amram - SO IN AMERICA" (Affetto/Naxos).
David Amram also composed "Bulgarian Wedding" on a commission supported by the New York Chamber Music Festival. The piece was premiered and recorded by violinist Elmira Darvarova and hornist Howard Wall. Affetto/Naxos included the recording in its 2020 release "American Music for Violin and Horn"
Presently David Amram is working on a new commission, also supported by the New York Chamber Music Festival - "The Voyage" for unaccompanied violin.
In this photo: David Amram and Leonard Bernstein (photo by Henry Grossman)