Harvey Sollberger is a composer, conductor and flutist who has been active in many world musical centers. Performers of his music have included the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, Tanglewood, June in Buffalo, Interlink (Tokyo), Radio France and Pierre Boulez's Domaine Musical (Paris), TRANSIT (Belgium) and Incontri di Musica Sacra Contemporanea (Rome). His honors include the Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, two Guggenheim Fellowships and commissions from the Fromm, Naumberg and Koussevitzky Foundations, Music from Japan, Speculum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble, the NEA and various state arts councils. Sollberger was a co-founder of the Group for Contemporary Music in 1962, and has led new music ensembles at the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University and the University of California, San Diego. In San Diego he was, as well, Music Director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus from 1997 to 2005. His orchestra performing credits include appearances with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the June in Buffalo Chamber Orchestra and the Slee Sinfonietta. Harvey Sollberger has toured and recorded extensively, and his work as composer and performer is represented on over 130 commercial recordings. Numbered among his premieres are works by Babbitt, Carter, Davidovsky, Felder, Martino, Perle, Reynolds and Wuorinen, and the American premieres of music by Feldman, Holler, Risset, Scelsi, Schnittke, Stockhausen, Tiensuu and Xenakis. He has, in addition, been Resident Composer at the American Academy in Rome and Composer-in-Residence with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and Red Cedar Chamber Music. In his spare time Harvey Sollberger studies Italian, and has recently translated the autobiography of Italian flutist, Severino Gazzelloni. He currently lives in Iowa.
Stefano Sacher (Trieste, 1962- ) holds a master's degree in Composition from Tomadini Conservatory in Udine, and degrees in Choral Composition and Conducting from Tartini Conservatory in Trieste, and in Orchestral Conducting from Martini Conservatory in Bologna. He also graduated from the College of Literature and Arts at the University of Trieste, with a thesis on Sergej Prokofev’s music in movies.
He furthered his Compositional studies with Antonio Bibalo in Norway and with Hans Werner Henze in Rome.
Stefano Sacher has composed two operas, choral music, chamber music, orchestral music, music for the theater, and songs.
Recent works include Aubade (for mezzosoprano and orchestra), Concertante (for winds, piano and drums), Stabat mater (for soprano, mixed choir and strings), Three elegies (for baritone, viola and piano), and the opera La memoria di Medea, which premiered at IMFA in 2016.
His works are regularly performed and broadcasted in Europe, Canada, the U.S. and have been published by Pizzicato and Nomos Editions.
Maestro Sacher’s conducting career has taken him throughout the world, to countries such as Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, the U.S., Canada, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Malta, Cuba and Mongolia, where he has conducted symphonic, choral and operatic repertoire.
Sacher has been teaching all music courses at the United World College of the Adriatic since 2001. He was also the IB Music teacher from 2001 to 2011.
He has also published a book of poems, articles and essays on musicology, and was a radio host for the Italian national radio RadioRai music programs.
Since 2009 he has been the artistic director of the Mozart Society Italia, based in Trieste, where he founded a youth orchestra, the Amadeus Adriatic Orchestra, which he conducts.
Sacher is co-director of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, which is currently in its sixth season.