News and Announcements:

January 22, 2017- Upcoming residencies, the Nissim Prize, and recent reviews

Since my updating habits are rather spotty, I have quite a bit of news to share. First, I've been awarded fellowships from two artist colonies for 2017: The MacDowell Colony in March, and The Millay Colony in June. In residence, I will be writing a work for Jamie Jordan, Daniel Druckman, and myself on the glass harmonica. Details about my residency plans are included in this press release. I recently collaborated with Jordan along with flautist Emi Ferguson on a series of recitals, featuring my first work for glass harmonica, as well my trio if I knew; we performed at the PianoForte Foundation of Chicago, the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York, and at Notre Dame.

I received a special distinction in the Rudolf Nissim Prize for my piece, this living air.

Also, this month's issue of Fanfare Magazine includes two reviews of Eunmi Ko's debut CD. Regarding my piece, She rose, and let me in, reviewer Collin Clarke wrote:

“The composer emrbaces the “Classical” variation form, even including repeats, as well as having each variation focus on a particular aspect of the theme… There is wit here, too (I think mostly of the third variation, Capriccio) as well as the utmost depth (the fifth variation, Cantabile, lento non troppo).”

and reviewer Peter Burwasser wrote:

"John Liberatore's contemplation of Scottish folk music is in eight short sections, and nicely manages to convey the poignancy of the source material in a pungent and distinctive way..."

September 9, 2016 - Eunmi Ko CD release

Centaur Records has released Eunmi Ko's debut CD, "She rose, and let me in," containing my piano variations of the same name. The CD is available at Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, NAXOS, and the other usual outlets. Eunmi recently toured my newest piano piece, Six Line Drawings, performing in Seoul, Hong Kong, Thailand, Italy, Florida, and at the World Piano Conference in Novi Saad, Serbia.

August 24, 2016 - first experiments for glass harmonica

The glass harmonica has arrived! Here is a brief video of an improvisation for the new instrument with a slight presence of live electronics. Beautifully made from hand-blown pure quartz, the instrument is 2.5 chromatic octaves.

February 3, 2016 - a Glass Harmonica!

Today I placed an order for a glass harmonica with glass blowers G. Finkenbeiner Inc. This rare instrument is being funded through a competitive internal grant program at Notre Dame. In an unexpected career twist, I'll be learning to play the instrument over the coming year and writing a series of pieces for it with various combinations of acoustic and electronic instruments.

February 1, 2016 - updates

A lot has happened in the last year, and I have been slow to update.

Harold Rosenbaum commissioned my new choral piece, a setting of the Agnus Dei, for The New York Virtuoso Singers and the Canticum Novum Youth Choir. The premiere, which took place at National Sawdust, can be heard in the listening portion of this website.

Bob McCormick commissioned and premiered this living air, a concerto for piano and percussion orchestra, with pianist Eunmi Ko. The piece was premiered at the University of South Florida and recorded for a release with Ravello Records sometime next year. A rough cut of this recording session can also be heard on this site.

Additionally, carillonneur Tiffany Ng premiered as if the horizon at several European venues over the summer, I’ve written a new work for the wonderful Duo Damiana, and Eunmi Ko’s recording of She rose, and let me in is due to be released very soon on Centaur Records. Ko is also planning an international tour of my new work Line Drawings, including performances in Madrid, Rome, Seoul, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.

April 15, 2015 - new faculty appointment.

I have accepted a tenure-track position. In the fall of 2015, I will be teaching composition and theory at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.

February 16, 2015 - Composers Circle

Today's Composer's Circle feature is my recent piece Movements, played here by Strings and Hammers.

December 1, 2014 - upcoming CD releases

Two new CD projects on the horizon with Centaur and Ravello records. Details will be announced soon.

November 30, 2014 - review in the Washington Post

Here is a review by Anne Midgette of the Washington Post in which she discusses the premiere of The Investment, a one act chamber opera written for the American Opera Initiative.

June 1, 2014 - Brian Israel Prize

I've taken first prize in the Brian Israel Competition, for the work She rose, and let me in. The award is given through the Syracuse Society for New Music, which will program the work during their 2014-15 season.

February 17, 2014 - Washington National Opera

I'm happy to announce that the American Opera Initiative of the Washington National Opera has commissioned me to write a 20 minute drammatic work for the 2014-15 season. The work will premiere on Novemeber 20 and 21 at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., performed by the outstanding Domingo Cafritz company. I'll be collaborating with librettist Niloufar Talebi.

February 17, 2014 - Performance at Carnegie Hall

Pianist Eun Mi Ko will be taking my variations on "She rose, and let me in" to her solo debut at Carnegie's Weil Recital Hall this June. See the events calendar for details.

February 2, 2014 - Boston Classical Review

Here's a review of Dinosaur Annex's January 31 concert in the Boston Classical Review.

November 3, 2013 - Dinosaur Annex and Trio Ramifications

Well, as predicted in my earlier post, updating this portion of the website has fallen out of date. But I am looking forward to a number of performances in the next few months that I'd like to share. First, this January, Dinosaur Annex will be performing Nemo sleeps. I'm excited to be working with them, and look forward to the event. See the calendar for more details. Later in the spring, I'll be working with the Finnish chamber ensemble Trio Ramifications. They will be premiering a new horn trio at the Helsinki Music Center on May 22.