Mexican-born composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon joined the Eastman faculty in 2002. He received his undergraduate degree in guitar and composition from the University of California at San Diego, and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in composition from the University of Pennsylvania. He studied with George Crumb, Jay Reise, Franco Donatoni, Keith Humble, and Jean Charles François. Prior to joining Eastman, Zohn-Muldoon held positions at the School of Music, University of Guanajuato, Mexico (1993-95), and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (1997-2002).
Zohn-Muldoon’s honors include being named 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work Comala, the 2011 Lillian Fairchild Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Tanglewood Music Center (Omar del Carlo Foundation), Camargo Foundation, Fondazione William Walton, Endowment for Culture and the Arts of Mexico, and the Embassy of Austria in México (Mozart Medal). He has been invited as guest composer, lecturer, and adjudicator by prominent cultural institutions in the U.S. and Latin America, including the University of Chicago, Cornell University, the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, and the Composers Conference, among others. In 2012 he was a Trotter Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon, in Eugene.
His works have been performed by groups such as as eighth blackbird, Riverside Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Neue Ensemble Hannover, and San Francisco Contemporary Players. Performances have taken place at ISCM World Music Days, National Public Radio’s “St. Paul Sunday,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gaudeamus International Music Week, Academy of Arts in Munich, Festival Internacional Cervantino, and Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva, among others.
His recent work has included collaborations with artists from other disciplines. Encounters, with illustrations by celebrated Mexican cartoonist José Ignacio Solórzano (Jis), was composed for a concert series leading to the FIFA World Cup of 2006, thanks to a commission from Globusklänge and Initiative Neue Musik Berlin. Silueta como Sirena, written thanks to a commission from the Fromm Foundation, is based on songs by distinguished songwriter Alfredo Sánchez. It was premiered by the Riverside Symphony, the Tarab Cello Ensemble, and Alfredo Sánchez in 2007. Pluck. Pound. Peel., for soprano and an unusual ensemble of plucked instruments, strings, and percussion, was written on texts by poet Raúl Aceves, for the Syracuse Society for New Music, in 2010.
Works / Publications
HEBRAS, for soprano, oboe, percussion, piano, and contrabass (2003)
NIÑOPOLILLA, for three singers and chamber orchestra (2003)
GUITANGO, for guitar ensemble (2003)
CANDELABRA III, for percussion and piano soloists, bass clarinet, and string orchestra (2002)
CANDELABRA II, for string quartet (2002)
CANDELABRA, for violoncello and piano (2002)
Engagements / Professional Activities
Performances in the United States, México, Germany, Italy, Poland, The Netherlands, and Venezuela.
DE RODE HOED, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Hebras, performed by Muzyka Centrum, as part of the International Festival Ensemble Spiel, October 2003.
AKADEMIA MUZYCZNA, Krakow, Poland. Hebras, performed by Muzyka Centrum, as part of the International Festival Ensemble Spiel, September 2003.
SPRENGEL MUSEUM, Hannover, Germany. Hebras premiered by Muzyka Centrum, as part of the International Festival Ensemble Spiel, August 2003.
REAKTORHALLE, Munich, Germany. Niñopolilla, repeat performance, as part of Festival A•DEvantgarde, musicians from the Musik Hochschule, Ulrich Nicholai, conductor, June 2003.
REAKTORHALLE, Munich, Germany. Niñopolilla premiered as part of Festival A•DEvantgarde, musicians from the Musik Hochschule, Ulrich Nicholai, conductor, June 2003.
SALA BLAS GALINDO, Centro Nacional de las Artes, México City, México. Candelabra III premiered as part of the Foro de Música Contemporánea Manuel Enríquez, by Ensemble Sirius and Camerata de las Américas, José Luis Castillo, conductor, May 2003.
WATSON HALL, University of Cincinnati. GuiTangoperformed by the CCM Guitar Ensemble, as part of their Graduate Recital, May 2003.
KATZIN CONCERT HALL, Arizona State University. Páramoperformed by the New Music Ensemble, Glenn Hackbarth, director, May 2003.
PATRICIA CORBETT THEATER, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. GuiTango premiered by the CCM Guitar Ensemble, as part of the 30th Anniversary of the guitar program at the College-Conservartory of Music, May 2003.
AKADEMIE DER SCHÖNEN KÜNSTE, Munich, Germany. Páramo performed by Neue Ensemble Hannover, December 2002.
FESTIVAL SPAZIOMUSICA, Cagliari, Italy. Páramo performed by ensemble Icarus, November 2002.
OLD DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHONE GESELLSCHAFT, Hannover, Germany. Páramo performed by Neue Ensemble Hannover, November 2002.
CONSERVATORIO NACIONAL, México City. Candelabra II performed by Cuarteto Latinoamericano, October 2002.
CENTRO NACIONAL DE LAS ARTES, Sala Blas Galindo, México City. Candelabra II premiered by Cuarteto Latinoamericano, October 2002.
FESTIVAL A-TEMPO, Caracas, Venezuela. Páramo performed by the College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players, July 2002.
ROBERT WERNER HALL, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Páramo performed by the College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players, July 2002.
BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany (at the inauguration of the Mexican Pavillion). Flores del Viento II performed by Neue Ensemble Hannover, July 2002.
BALLHOF, Hannover, Germany. Flores del Viento II performed by Neue Ensemble Hannover, May 2002.
YERBABUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS. Danza Nocturna performed by the San Francisco Contemporary Players, May 2002.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, School of Music Recital Hall. Danza Nocturna performed by the Furious Band, March 2002.
Awards and commissions (including recently completed and in progress):
FROMM MUSIC FOUNDATION, commission, 2003
To compose a work for Eastman-based ensemble Tarab.
ENSEMBLE SPIEL FESTIVAL, commission, 2003
Hebras, premiered in August 2003.
SISTEMA NACIONAL DE CREADORES DE ARTE, México’s National Fund for Culture and the Arts, fellowship, 2002-2004.
FESTIVAL A*DEVANTGARDE, commission, 2002
NiñoPolilla, a miniature chamber opera, as part of the project “The Last Days of V.I.R.U.S.” (premiered in June 2003)*
HOWARD HANSON FUND, Eastman School of Music, 2002.
CCM GUITAR ENSEMBLE, Clare Callahan, Director, 2002.
Tango II(for premiere in April, 2003)*
CUARTETO LATINOAMERICANO, sponsored by Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, México, 2002.
Candelabra II premiered October 2002.
SIRIUS ENSEMBLE, 2001, sponsored by the U.S./México Fund for Culture.
Candelabra III, for piano and percussion (soloists), bass clarinet, and string orchestra (premiere in 2003)*
JUAN HERMIDA, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, México. Work for violoncello and piano, 2001.
Candelabra, to be premiered December, 2003.
Candelabra, for violoncello and piano, to be recorded in January, 2003, by Juan Hermida and Misa Ito, as part of a CD featuring new works for their duo. The recording is sponsored by the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA), of México, and will be distributed by Quindecim records.
Cornell University, Music Department. Guest speaker at the composition symposium, and also led a master-class for composition students, March 2003.