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The Sorabji Project
Performers' Biographies

                            Elizabeth Farnum, soprano

Margaret Kampmeier, piano        Bruce Posner, lecturer

Here you will find the performers' biographies for Ms. Elizabeth Farnum's long-awaited world premiere release on Centaur Records...

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji: The Complete Songs for Soprano.

Elizabeth Farnum - Soprano

Elizabeth Farnum, soprano, is a specialist in contemporary music.  In addition, she is an active performer in many diverse musical styles, and her performances of modern music, early music and musical theater have taken her throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.  She has premiered pieces by prominent composers in many venues, including Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, London’s Institute for Contemporary Art and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, collaborating with such composers as Charles Wuorinen, Ricky Ian Gordon, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Anthony Newman  and Toby Twining.  She has been a guest soloist with many of New York’s modern music ensembles, including the Cygnus Ensemble, Parnassus, the S.E.M. Ensemble and the North/South Consonance.

In the Baroque and Oratorio fields, Elizabeth has appeared as soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony, the Bronx Arts Ensemble and Musica Sacra.  She is a regular soloist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where she performed the world premiere of James Bassi’s Carol Symphony.   She has also performed and toured with the Waverly Consort and the acclaimed early music group Pomerium.

Ms. Farnum’s background is in musical theater, and she most currently appeared on Broadway in Riverdance.  She has starred in several Off-Broadway and regional productions, and has performed with the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera.  She has recorded for a number of labels, including of Koch International, Bis, New World, Vox, CRI, Helicon, North/South and Pro Organa.  She has recorded five CDs for Deutsche Grammophon and Allegro with Pomerium, of which the third, Creator of the Stars, was nominated for a Grammy.

Margaret Kampmeier - Piano

Since receiving her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 1990, pianist Margaret Kampmeier has performed in hundreds of concerts, presented numerous premieres and recorded extensively. She has performed across the United States, in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia, and is active as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral keyboardist and teacher of piano. She is a founding member of the New Millennium Ensemble, a mixed chamber group which won the 1995 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and released its debut CD in January of 1998. Ms. Kampmeier has appeared as guest artist with the Kronos Quartet, performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and appears frequently with New York area groups such as Speculum Musicae, and the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. Active as an educator, Ms. Kampmeier teaches at Princeton University and has presented forums on music of women composers and contemporary techniques.

Highlights of past seasons include performances with the Kronos Quartet at the Kennedy Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music, a concerto and solo recital for Saarland Radio in Germany, and numerous educational concerts sponsored by the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. As a recording artist, Ms. Kampmeier can be heard on the Centaur, CRI, Koch, Nonesuch and Bridge labels. Festival appearances include Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Vancouver Recital Society, Bard and Tanglewood. Ms. Kampmeier earned her Bachelor's Degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Barry Snyder. She received Master's and Doctoral Degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied with pianist Gilbert Kalish. A native of Rochester, NY, she resides currently in New York City with her husband, composer Ed Harsh and their son Andrew.

Bruce Posner - Lecturer

Mr. Posner's interest in Sorabji dates to 1974, when he encountered a reference to Sorabji's music in the program notes to a recording of the piano music of Leopold Godowsky. Consequent research led to the writing of Mr. Posner's 1975 dissertation, Sorabji, which was the first to treat this composer's mammoth Opus Clavicembalisticum at length. In 1988, Mr. Posner had the good fortune to meet Sorabji in person. Mr. Posner has performed as pianist with the Caecilian Chamber Ensemble, The Amici Chamber Players, on WFUV radio, and in duo-piano recital with his late wife, Deborah Vowler. In addition, he has recorded with pianist Donald Garvelmann two CDs of duo piano music by British Isles composers (Celtic Keyboards on the Koch International Classics label, and On Heather Hill on the Olympia label). He has also presented lecture-recitals at the Wagner Society of New York, and at the Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania summer cultural series. He has contributed articles and reviews to the Wagner Society Newsletter and to the Journal, Notes.

Perhaps best known as a radio personality, Bruce Posner hosted the highly acclaimed Concert Grande for sixteen years, during which he presented both commercial and private recordings of keyboard music, comparative listening, in-depth surveys of composers' works, and uniquely revealing interviews with artists. Mr. Posner is an ardent transcriber for piano: among his transcriptions are Puccini's Crisantemi, Bach's Solo Violin Sonata in G minor, and works by Kreisler and Mozart. Mr. Posner's interest in Sorabji is part of an abiding interest in 20th-century music. He plays an active role in disseminating music of living composers (he has an especial interest in the music of Andrew Violette) and serves as the Chair of the board of Composers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing audiences for new music. A fan of popular music since his teens, Mr. Posner has written over 50 songs. He lives in New York City.

The Sorabji Biography

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

(b Chingford, 14 Aug 1892; d Winfrith Newburgh, nr Dorchester, 15 Oct 1988)

"Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (c.1892-1988) was one of the 20th century’s
most prolific composers, yet his music is not well known. He was a colorful
and eccentric character, whose self-imposed exile from society contributed
to his obscurity as a composer, but contributed greatly to his mystique as
a personality. It is only in the past quarter century or so that his music
is being discovered and performed by today’s artists.

Directory of Sorabji Links

The Sorabji Project

Additional Links and Information

The Sorabji Project  |  Home Page

Sorabji Project Directory Page  |  Collection of many popular K. S. Sorabji web links

Songs of Sorabji Concert-Lecture Tour | Booking Information

World premiere Sorabji vocal CD  |  Information on Centaur CD “K. S. Sorabji: The Complete Songs For Soprano”

K. S. Sorabji Project Biographies  |  Performers' biographies for Concert-Lecture Tour and World Premiere CD

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji  |  Biographies, essays and other information

Other Sorabji Web Resources

Google: "Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, piano"  |  Google Search for "Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, piano"

Pictures of K. S. Sorabji  |  Google Image Search for "Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji"

Music.mcgill.ca/~schulman/sorabji.html  |  The Sorabji Archive: Alistair Hinton, Curator

www.sorabji.com/radio  |  The “All Piano” internet radio station of Sorabji.com run by Mr. Mark A. Thomas

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