Douglas Knehans Composer /  Cincinnati, OH Wild, free, expressive and muscular: music of our inner worlds
presskit.to/

Douglas Knehans Composer

Wild, free, expressive and muscular: music of our inner worlds
Cincinnati, OH

Tagline

Award winning composer Douglas Knehans music is bold, melodic, powerful and arresting.

Latest Win

Gold Medal-Best of Show Global Music Awards — 06/22/2016

"This complex album contains SOAR, that capitalizes on the cello's expressiveness and ability to constantly evolve new and unique colorations; DRIFT written for solo oboe and strings, is an experiment with slowly morphing musical shape and form; MIST,MEMORY, SHADOW for solo violin and strings, is an elegiac work commemorating Tasmania's fragile, timeless environment and its people; and CASCADE, concerto for orchestra, began as a work for two pianos but later evolved into a wonderful and dazzling vehicle for large orchestra. This sophisticated, wildly inventive album is a masterpiece."

Source

Soundcloud TracksTracks

ripple - for orchestra...

ripple - for orchestra

Ripple - for orchestra
By Douglas Knehans
Kiev Philharmonic

...mist, memory, shadow......

...mist, memory, shadow...

for solo violin and strings
My love song for Tasmania.

Drift - for oboe and Strings...

Drift - for oboe and Strings

Drift—for oboe and strings Dwight Parry, oboe Wired String Ensemble Awadagin Pratt, conductor

Two Looks at Silence—Silence...

Two Looks at Silence—Silence

World premiere performance by the CCM Chorale of the Knehans setting of Silence with text by A. S. Kline.

Recording Session Diary 1: Onslaught...

Recording Session Diary 1: Onslaught

Part 1 (of 5) of a video diary following a six-day series of orchestral recordings with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic for the America...

KNEHANS—Large Color | Douglas Knehans Composer
KNEHANS—Large Color
Knehans-Large B&W  | Douglas Knehans Composer
Knehans-Large B&W
Knehans at reception 1 | Douglas Knehans Composer
Knehans at reception 1
Knehans at reception 2 | Douglas Knehans Composer
Knehans at reception 2
With Composer Edward Smaldone | Douglas Knehans Composer
With Composer Edward Smaldone
Knehans at reception 3 | Douglas Knehans Composer
Knehans at reception 3

Albums

Knehans-Large B&W  | Douglas Knehans Composer
Knehans-Large B&W
Loading...
Douglas Knehans Composer /  Cincinnati, OH Wild, free, expressive and muscular: music of our inner worlds

With a gift for extravagant color, beautiful melodic style, clear musical form and engaging, soulfully dramatic work, the music of award winning composer Douglas Knehans has gained the attention and warm appreciation of audiences and performers around the world. Knehans’ two-piano work cascade has been performed in Steinway Hall, New York; UIC Recital Hall, Chicago; Tokyo, Japan; Kiev, Ukraine and recorded for worldwide CD release on Ablaze Records by the virtuoso piano duo The Pridonoff Duo in a recording hailed by Fanfare Magazine as “ … effective … incisive … hauntingly beautiful … ” A disc of his orchestral concertos was released on Ablaze Records in the fall of 2015 which was called “ … music of tremendous imagination. Knehans scores with a masterly hand, his sound paintbrush unerringly hitting the mark.” by Fanfare Magazine. In that same year a disc of his choral music was released and was praised also in Fanfare as “…a radiant disc of music by a composer who is blessed with a tremendous imagination and who clearly has great affinity with writing for choir. There is a huge amount of beauty to be found here. Put simply, Knehans locates and amplifies the spiritual within the religious.,” while Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review said it "... shows us a mastery of his craft and an inspired result.,” and Classical Music Sentinel said "...his choral music comes across as well rooted and accessible, and always seems to hit an emotional nerve...”  

Since 1980, Knehans has been the recipient of numerous commissions, awards and fellowships in Australia and the U.S. Most notably, the inaugural $20,000.00 Victorian Council for the Arts Composition Fellowship (1987-88) which enabled him to write his first chamber opera the ascension of robert flau; a Bicentennial orchestral commission for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (1988) from the Australian Bicentennial Authority; over a dozen commissions (1986-1988) for various media supported by the Australia Council Performing Arts Board; Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony (1989) and the Leighton Artist Colony (1989), and a composer-in-residence grant from Meet the Composer, Inc. (1990), The American Prize for Orchestral Music (2012) and the Winner of the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition (2011), the Gold Medal-Best in Show from the Global Music Awards (2016) for his disc Concertos, among numerous others.

Douglas Knehans' works have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM and ABC Television (Australia); National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service (USA); RAI Radio and Television (Italy); and HTKY, the National Television Broadcaster in Ukraine. His music for Television has been nominated for an EMMY Award and he composed evocative music for the short film A Song of Air, which was invited to the prestigious Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival (France). His music has been commissioned and performed by some of Australia's leading ensembles and soloists including the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the ELISION Ensemble, the Australian Boys Choir, the Adelaide Percussions, guitarist Timothy Kain, soprano Merlyn Quaife, Opera Australia and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured in two books on Australian music (A Handbook of Australian Music and A Companion to Music in Australia) as well as the International Who’s Who in Music and Musician’s Directory.)

In 2000, he was invited to participate in the Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague. During this three-week residency in Prague he also visited Terezin and Auschwitz—Birkenau. These visits gave rise to the composition of his shoah requiem for soloists, choir and orchestra, the Introit of which was performed as part of the 2001 Incontri di Musica Sacra Contemporenea events in Bari, Taranto and Rome Italy and broadcast nationally on RAI Television and Radio. In 2002, his work Seraphic Ride was given its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. by soloists from the National Symphony Orchestra and streamed worldwide from the Kennedy Center. 2003 saw his work Rive played in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart, Australia as well as in London for the American Music Center and in Athens and Thessoloniki by the acclaimed Verdehr Trio. In 2005, Knehans was invited to return to the 2005 Incontri di Musica Sacra Contemporanea where his work for mezzosoprano and orchestra In Questi Giorni wasgiven in L'Aquila and Rome. Prior to this trip, his work Lamentation, for string orchestra was premiered as part of the Ten Days on the Island International Arts Festival. In 2006, he was invited to the New Music - New Faces Festival in Cracow, Poland where he lectured on new music and composition and his work Rive was given its Polish premier by the Verdher Trio. Resulting from this performance he was invited to the Music Premieres of the Season Festival in Kiev, Ukraine, 2007 and to lecture in electroacoustic composition at the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. Also in 2007 Knehans was commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for a new work for solo violin and strings resulting in his …Mist, Memory, Shadow…. 2008 saw the world premiere of his work Glow, a double concerto (for violin and clarinet) at the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute in Hobart, Australia. In 2009 his large orchestra work Ripple was set to dance by award winning Chinese choreographer JIANG Qi and given in Cincinnati and with the Ballet West (Salt Lake City); and his work Seraphic Ride was given as part of the SPECTRUM New Music Series at the Esplanade in Singapore, about the composition of which the Washington Post said “The piece tells an exciting story, ever-intensifying in color, thematic ideas, texture and tempo.”

Douglas Knehans (b. 1957, St. Louis, Missouri), received his initial music education at the Canberra School of Music (Australian National University) in Australia’s national capital, where he graduated in 1980 with a high distinction in music composition, the only such awarded that year. In 1990 he received scholarships and awards from Queens College, City University of New York where he gained his M.A. in composition with Distinguished Professor and renowned composer Thea Musgrave. Upon graduation from this institution he received the first Luigi Dallapiccola Composition Award (1991) for outstanding achievement in music composition. After graduating from Queens College, Knehans entered the Doctoral program at Yale University where he studied music composition with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jacob Druckman, Lukas Foss, and Jonathan Berger. He graduated Yale University in 1993 earning the Woods Chandler Memorial Prize (1993) for best composition in a larger form, receiving his Doctoral degree from Yale University in January, 1996.

In 1993, Knehans was appointed to the University of Alabama School of Music, where he was chair of Composition, Theory and Electronic Music and Director of the SCREAM (Southern Center for Research into ElectroAcoustic Music) Studio. Between 2000-2006 he was the Tasmanian State Chair, Federal Board member, Chair, and Executive Director (Syllabus Development) Music Craft of the Australian Music Examinations Board. In 2005 he created the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute and from 2005-2008 he was the Artistic and Executive Director of that Institute. He was Professor of Music and Director of the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music between 2000-2008, and Dean of the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati from 2008-2010. He is currently the Norman Dinerstein Professor of Composition Scholar at CCM.

Douglas Knehans is also Director and Producer of ABLAZE Records, an Australian-American Company specializing in supporting new music of living composers. ABLAZE Records pursues this mission with a robust series of recordings of Electronic and Computer music; New Orchestral Recordings with the brilliant Czech Orchestra Filharmonie Brno (the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra) and conductor Mikel Toms; as well as a choral series of recordings using the Coro Volante Choir of Cincinnati under the director of Brett Scott, with discs distributed worldwide on NAXOS Music Library, iTunes, Albany Music Distributors and others.

Douglas Knehans’ music is available on New World Records, ERM Media, Crystal Records, Move Records and Ablaze Records. He self-publishes his music under the Armadillo Edition imprint.

Download

Management
Jun 22, 2016

award

Gold Medal-Best of Show Global Music Awards
Gold Medal-Best of Show Global Music Awards

"This complex album contains SOAR, that capitalizes on the cello's expressiveness and ability to constantly evolve new and unique colorations; DRIFT written for solo oboe and strings, is an experiment with slowly morphing musical shape and form; MIST,MEMORY, SHADOW for solo violin and strings, is an elegiac work commemorating Tasmania's fragile, timeless environment and its people; and CASCADE, concerto for orchestra, began as a work for two pianos but later evolved into a wonderful and dazzling vehicle for large orchestra. This sophisticated, wildly inventive album is a masterpiece."

Source

Nov 05, 2015

award

The American Prize in Composition
The American Prize in Composition

Orchestra Division—2nd Prize "A highly cinematic, richly orchestrated score (of the original two-piano work), following a standard fast-slow-fast movement layout. The pulsating first movement is full of urgency and nervous energy. Here, the composer shows how much can be accomplished with a limited amount of material, working gradually with repeated rhythmic gestures. The static harmonic language in the slow movement creates a hypnotic effect—especially after so much rhythmic vitality. The great outburst toward the end (m. 164) is most welcome and effective. Scale wise and repeated figures create and impression of vast, gradually unfolding soundscapes, something one does not often experience. Bravo."

Josephine McLachlan

Management
1-513-638-0095

PO Box 42535
Cincinnati, OH 45242-0535

Date Title Location Type Info
Oct 03, 2016 AFTER THE SILENCE Amsterdam, Performance  
Oct 04, 2016 Composer-in-Residence Amsterdam, Other  
Oct 10, 2016 Artist-In-Residence—Ainslie & Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra, Australia Canberra, ACT Other  
Nov 09, 2016 Scriabin Response Recital Cincinnati, OH Performance  
Dec 01, 2016 Visiting Composer—Butler University School of Music Indianapolis, IN Appearance  
Dec 08, 2016 Composer-Residence @ LIATe, Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong, Other  
Dec 15, 2016 CD Launch—HKNME Live from Prague Hong Kong, Appearance  
Dec 16, 2016 CD Launch—HKNME Live from Prague Macau, Appearance  
Sep 09, 2017 Rive—All of the Above Ensemble Cincinnati, OH Performance  
Sep 18, 2017 Rive—All of the Above Ensemble Cincinnati, OH Performance  
Sep 20, 2017 Lumen—Recital of New of Recent Works Cincinnati, OH Performance  
Nov 04, 2017 Rive—Zodiac Trio Cincinnati, OH Performance  
Dec 02, 2017 Recording of 'Black Disfigured Souls' Cincinnati, OH Other  
Dec 18, 2017 Carnegie Hall World Premier of 'Falling Air' New York, NY Performance  
Feb 15, 2018 ISCM Recital with All of the Above and Edward Smaldone New York, NY Performance  
Feb 16, 2018 Composition Masterclass Queens, NY Appearance  
Feb 17, 2018 Recording ISCM Concert for ABLAZE Records Queens, NY Other  
Feb 18, 2018 Recording ISCM Concert for ABLAZE Records Queens, NY Other  
Apr 20, 2018 CD Launch Listening Party—Unfinished Earth Northside, OH Promo  
Jun 14, 2018 Backwards from Winter—Opera Hobart, Tasmania Performance  
Jun 14, 2018 Backwards from Winter Hobart, Tasmania Performance  
Jun 15, 2018 Backwards from Winter Hobart, Tasmania Performance  
Jun 15, 2018 Backwards from Winter Hobart, Tasmania Performance  
Jun 16, 2018 Backwards from Winter Hobart, Tasmania Performance  
Jun 16, 2018 Backwards from Winter Hobart, Tasmania Performance  
Oct 27, 2018 Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall New York, NY Performance  
Jan 07, 2019 Recording—Brno, Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Other  
Feb 04, 2019 Composer Residency University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Appearance  
Feb 06, 2019 Featured Composer, Composers Concert Tucson, AZ Performance  
Feb 08, 2019 Grammy Awards Festivities Los Angeles, CA Appearance