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Pluralist Composition, PluComp, is one of the first composition summer courses that will approach music composition from a non-Eurocentric perspective. The focus of this year’s course will be Iran and Turkey. Iranian composers Reza Vali and Shahab Pâranj, and Turkish composer Erberk Eryilmaz, will address aspects of music composition such as melody, rhythm, polyphony, form, instrumentation, from an Iranian and Turkish viewpoint.
Participant composers will meet with each resident composer individually every day during the course. In addition, there will be daily seminars and discussions. Participant composers will compose a work for string quartet that will be performed and recorded at a concert as part of the Du Vert à L'infini Music Festival.
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Reza Valwas born in Ghazvin, Iran, in 1952. He began his music studies at the

Conservatory of Music in Tehran. In 1972 he went to Austria and studied music

education and composition at the Academy of Music in Vienna. After graduating

from the Academy of Music, he moved to the United States and continued his

studies at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his Ph.D. in music theory and

composition in 1985. Mr. Vali has been a faculty member of the School of Music

at Carnegie Mellon University since 1988. He has received numerous honors and

commissions, including the honor prize of the Austrian Ministry of Arts and

Sciences, two Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships, commissions from the Pittsburgh

Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Pittsburgh New

Music Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, the Carpe Diem String Quartet, the Seattle

Chamber Players, and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, as well as grants

from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and the

Pittsburgh Board of Public Education. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Cultural

Trust as the Outstanding Emerging Artist for which he received the Creative

Achievement Award. Vali's orchestral compositions have been performed in the

United States by the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Boston

Modern Orchestra Project, the Baltimore Symphony, the Memphis Symphony

Orchestra, and Orchestra 2001. His chamber works have received performances

by Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Carpe

Diem String Quartet, Kronos Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players, and the Da

Capo Chamber Players. His music has been performed in Europe, China, Chile,

Mexico, Hong Kong, and Australia and is recorded on the Deutsche

Grammophon, Naxos, New Albion, MMC, Ambassador, Albany, and ABC

Classics labels.

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