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Ralf Yusuf Gawlick

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, born in 1969 Pfaffenhofen-an-der-Ilm, Germany, holds composition degrees from the University of California in Santa Barbara (B.M. cum laude), the University of Texas at Austin (M.M.) and the New England Conservatory of Music (D.M.A). Through noteworthy festivals, recordings, and commissions, his work has received both national and international recognition, including grants, fellowships and awards from the American Composers Orchestra, American Music Center, ASCAP, SCI, the Moniuszko Musical Society, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Britten-on-the-Bay International Piano Composition Competition. Groups championing Mr. Gawlick's works include the Slovak State Philharmonic, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the American Composers Orchestra, The Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, Sinfonietta Polonia, the New England Conservatory Classical Orchestra, the Knabenchor der Chorakademie Dortmund, the Treble Chorus of New England, Youth Pro Musica, New York's Music at the Anthology (MATA), Composers in Red Sneakers, Majestic Brass, the Hawthorne and Atma String Quartets, as well as numerous new music ensembles and distinguished soloists.

In 2003, Mr. Gawlick was the American selection at the 1st Festival of Contemporary Art in Kosice, Slovakia. Zrodlo, for soprano solo, mixed chorus and full orchestra, was commissioned in 2004 for the 25th anniversary of the visit of Pope John Paul II to Boston and the United States. The following year, his work At the still point of the turning world for solo violoncello was selected by the Miami ISCM Section as one of six works sent to the 2005 World Music Days in Zagreb, Croatia, representing the United States. His compositional oeuvre includes solo, chamber, orchestral and choral music as well as music for a film documentary commemorating the 20th anniversary (2009) of the fall of the Berlin Wall, music commissioned by the German Embassy (Washington D.C.) and Boston College. The recent premiere of his cantata Kinderkreuzzug (children's choir, chamber ensemble and organ) in April 2010, written for the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII, was supported by the German Consulate General Boston, the Newton Cultural Council, the Jesuit Institute, Boston College as well as the Goethe Institutes in Boston and Munich. Mr. Gawlick's music, broadcast on National Public Radio, is available on the Capstone label and Musica Omnia.

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick teaches at Boston College and his music is available through E.C. Schirmer, Brazinmusikanta Publications and the American Music Center. He lives in Newton, MA, with his wife Basia and their two children.

For more information visit the composer's website.

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