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Biography

American composer and conductor Efraín Amaya was born in Venezuela, where he began his musical training. Continuing his studies in the United States, he earned degrees in composition and piano from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, and a master’s degree in conducting from Rice University.

Amaya's compositions have been selected for performance at major international Festivals such as the Seattle Symphony's Viva la Música Festival: the American Composers Orchestra Festival of Venezuelan Music at Weill Recital Hall; The "XVII Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez" in Mexico City; The VIII and XI "Festival Latinoamericano de Música" in Caracas, Venezuela; the 35th, 32nd and 29th Annual National Flute Association Conventions in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nashville, Tennessee and in Dallas, Texas; the Gala Concert of the Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Classes at Carnegie Mellon University and the Julliard School, in Boston on the Modern Orchestra Project recital series.

Efraín Amaya received a 2004 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and has been a Meet The Composer Composer-in-Residence with Gateway to the Arts, WQED-FM, Renaissance City Wind Music Society and Shaler School District from September of 2001 to September 2004, made possible by Meet The Composer, Inc. and its New Residencies program. In Western Pennsylvania, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University Contemporary Ensembles have performed his music. It has also been included in the Sewickley Bachfest, the Shadyside Concert Series and the Renaissance City Winds concert series. His opera Clepsydra was premiered as part of the "First Night" celebrations in Pittsburgh as a collaborative multimedia performance for tape, live performers, and edited video projection, sponsored by the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Heinz Endowment. 

His debut CD  A Sense of Time  was released on June 1, 2001 by Élan Recordings . In 2004, Albany Records released the two-cello version of Silent Conversations in a CD entitled  Zoo of Dreams , featuring the Amici Chamber Players. Amaya’s two chamber operas:  Clepsydra : An Operatic Installation with 13 Performers and Phantasmagorilla? No! Phantasmagoria, were also released by Albany Records in 2009 receiving excellent reviews by the American Record Guide , Fanfare Magazine and Pittsburgh Magazine .

His cello concerto Un Camino , commissioned by international renown cellist Kim Cook with a grant from the Pennsylvania Arts Council, premieres in August, 2013 with the State College Summer Orchestra in State College, PA. In the Spring of 2010 Mr. Amaya was selected to be one of the seven composers to be part of American Composers’ Forum New Voices with International Opera Theater resulting in the collaborate opera The Decameron, which premiered in November of 2010. Recent work includes his piece Chocolat for solo bassoon commissioned and premiered by Jim R. Whipple in November 2011; his duo for flute and cello Pres-ent , commissioned & premiered by Gerald Carey and Tanya Carey in 2010; Marahuaka , (2009) a concerto for 3 marimbas and Wind Symphony Orchestra and Epona’s Portal , a concerto for bassoon and Wind Symphony Orchestra both commissioned by Robert Boudreau and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra in 2010. His opera La Bisbetica , commissioned and performed by International Opera Theater was premiered in August of 2010 in Italy; it was then invited to participate in the Bergamo International Festival of 2011 at Bergamo, Italy.

He was invited and completed a residency at Yaddo, NY, during the summer of 2012 and in November of 2012 and January 2013 he was one of the national adjudicators for the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami, for their national competition selection of finalists. Mr. Amaya is the founder and Music Director of  The Point Chamber Orchestra , which made its debut performance during the summer of 2006 with a tour of seven concerts in Italy, performing in venues such as the Fenice Theater in Venice, the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and the Parco della Musica in Rome.

You may visit Mr. Amaya's Web page at: www.efrainamaya.com


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