Harvey Sollberger


    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

    Composition and Director

      Stefano Sacher graduated from the conservatories G. Tartini of Trieste, G.B. Martini of Bologna, and from the faculty of arts at the University of Trieste, where he studied composition, voice, conducting, and jazz. He furthered his studies in composition with Antonio Bibalo, and in conducting with Samuil Vidas, Donato Renzetti.

      Mr. Sacher begin his conducting career in 1985 as a choral conductor and later with the string ensemble Nova Sinfonietta, performing compositions from the Italian Baroque through the Twentieth Century. He has conducted choral and symphonic works, Italian operas, musicals, and jazz repertoire with ensembles such as the Academic Orchestra of Budapest, Mongolian Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Grand Theatre of Havana, the Stradivarius Chamber Orchestra, the Serenade Ensemble, and the Gruppo Polifonico "Claudio Monteverdi" di Ruda, performing concerts in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, Poland, Malta, Sweden, Mongolia, and Cuba.

      Mr. Sacher has composed choral and instrumental music, songs, a ballet, music for radio, chamber operas, and musical plays. His compositions are published by Pizzicato, Taukaj, and Nomos Editions.

      Since 2001, Mr. Sacher has served as the music teacher at the United World College of the Adriatic. He speaks fluent Italian, English, Slovenian, and German.