Kansas City, Missouri, who has worked with the Burgett
Ensemble, Either/Or, the FLUX Quartet, the Locrian
Chamber Players, the New York Pops, the Ostravska
Banda, the S.E.M. Ensemble, String Noise, and the STX Ensemble.
March 2004, he gave the world premiere of “Yawawot”
by Gordon Mumma at Merkin
Concert Hall in New York.
Quartet celebrated the 100th birthday of Giacinto
Scelsi by performing all five of his string
quartets at Miller Theatre on 4th November 2005.
December 2005, the S.E.M. Ensemble appeared at Paul Cooper
Gallery in a program
that comprised “Concerto No. 2, Op. 10” (“La Notte”) by Antonio Vivaldi, “Mikka” and “Mikka
‘S’” by Iannis Xenakis, the world premiere of “Spheres &
Attraction” by Petr Kotik,
and “…what won’t come…” by Sam Hillmer.
The Ostravka Banda offered up wall-to-wall Galina Ustwolskaya on 21st January 2010 at Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid,
Spain. It included “Composition No. 1”
(“Dona Nobis Pacem”,
“Duo for Violin and Piano”, “Grand Duet”, “Symphony
No. 4” (“Prayer”) and “Symphony No. 5” (“Amen”).
March 2010, the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble returned to the Paula Cooper Gallery
where they reprised “Mikka” and “Mikka ‘S’” by Xenakis,
which was sandwiched between “The Passion” by Somei Satoh and “There is singular nothing”
Members of the
Burgett Ensemble descended on St. Thomas More
Church on 5th December 2010 where they performed Johannes Brahms’
“Clarinet Quintet” and the world premiere of Harvey Burgett’s “De Spiritu
Three Portraits of Mary”.
April 2011, the FLUX String Quartet took center stage in Sadler Center
at William & Mary where they played Morton Feldman’s “String
Quartet No. 2”… all five hours and 42 minutes of it.
pianist Daan Vandewalle
delivered the world premiere of Mumma’s “Comitatus 2” at the Ostrava Festival on 30th
August 2011, he earned his keep at Ostrava Days where he performed Petr Cigler’s “Entropic
Symphony”, Ben Irwin’s “Synecdoche”, Jiri Kaderabek’s “Technological
Progress”, David Kant’s “Paths Through an Ordered Field”
and Scelsi’s “Anahit: Lyric Poem Dedicated to Venus”
with the Ostravska Banda. Just when he thought his day was
over, it was time for a midnight performance of Feldman’s “Trio”…
all two hours of it.
He and fellow
violinist Pauline-Kim Harris premiered Michael Vincent Waller’s “Music
for the first 13 primes:
Glissando Phase III” on 23rd October 2011.
In November 2011,
he interpreted works by Robert Ashley, including “How Can I Tell the
Difference” with Tom Hamilton, “in memoriam… Esteban
Gomez” with the FLUX Quartet, and “Trio III” with
guitarists Taylor Levine and James Moore.
of the S.E.M. Ensemble was back at Paula Cooper Gallery on 13th December
2011 for a recital that included “Atlas Eclipticalis”
by John Cage, the New York premiere of “cipher” by Kate Soper, “Kontrabandt”
by Kotik, “hay que
caminar” by Luigi Nono,
and “Sacrae Symphonie”
by Giovanni Gabrieli.
February 2012, he appeared at Frederick Loewe Theatre on the campus of New
York University in an all-Nono affair that
comprised “Con Luigi Dallapiccola”, “La
“Ricorda cossa ti hanno fatto
in Auschwitz” and “sofferte onde serene…”.
He and Alvise Vidolin teamed up for Nono’s “La lontananza
nostalgica utopica future—Madrigal
per piu ‘caminantes’
con Gidon Kremer” at Judson Church on 28th
April 2012, Either/Or appeared in the Kitchen where they served up “Fontana
Mix Feed” by Cage & Max Neuhaus, “Periodes” by Gerard Grisey,
the New York premiere of “stirrings still” by Rebecca Saunders,
“Thistledown” by George Lewis, and the world premiere of “Venus
& Jupiter” by Elliott Sharp.
The Locrian Chamber Players were at Riverside Church on 31st
May 2012 for a recital that included “Duo” by Russell Platt, “Etudes”
by Jason Freeman, “Gently, Like the Trickling of Melted Snow”
by Rita Ueda, “Lullaby” by Ned Rorem, “Piano Trio No. 2”
by Judith Weir, “Prestissimo” by
David Macdonald, and the New York premiere of “Sotto Voce” by
June 2012, Conrad and pianist Jenny Linn presented an all-Mumma recital at the Darmstadt Institute that featured “Comitatus 2”, “11 Note Pieces & Decimal
Passacaglia”, “Etude on Oxford Changes”, “…jardin…”, “7 Dedications”, “Sixpax Sonatas”, “Suite for Piano”, “Threesome”
Quartet participated in the John Cage Centennial Celebration on 6th
July 2012 where they interpreted Earl Brown’s “String Quartet”,
Cage’s “Four” and “Speech, for 5 Radios and
Newsreader”, Feldman’s “Three Pieces for String Quartet”
and Christian Wolff’s “Lines”.
In addition to
his busy performing schedule, Conrad has somehow found time to perform in
Broadway shows and appear on several recordings.
credits include Children and Art,
Fiddler on the Roof, Nine and A Tale of Two Cities.
He can also be
heard on the following recordings:
Dream Tigers by Matthew
Welch; FLUX Quartet Plays Vito Ricci;
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in C minor for Oboe,
Violin, Strings, Basso Continuo by Elaine Comparone
and the Queen’s Chamber Band; Kraanerg and Xenakis Complete
Vol. 2—Iannissimo! by the STX Ensemble;
Mother of Balloon Music by Judy
Dunaway; Pathological Curves by
Elizabeth Hoffman; Prisoner of Love
by Tiny Tim; The Somewhere Songs
by “Blue” Gene Tyranny; and, Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas by