from: Antares (2004)

by Carter Pann

program notes for Antares and Eric...

Carter Pann,

Born Feb. 21, 1972, La Grange, Illinois

“…Brimming with joie de vivre and enthusiasm for all musics, Carter Pann has proven himself one of the most versatile talents among his generation of composers.” His music has been performed around the world by such ensembles and soloists as the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Berlin-Stockholm-Finnish Radio Symphonies, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, National Symphony of Ireland, New York Youth Symphony, Richard Stoltzman, the Ying Quartet, Barry Snyder, and the Antares ensemble, among others.

Honors include the K.Serocki Competition for his Piano Concerto (premiered by the Polish Radio Symphony in Lutoslawski Hall, Warsaw 1998), a Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and five ASCAP composer awards.

In 1997 the Czech State Philharmonic of Brno recorded four of his orchestral works under Jose Serebrier. Naxos released the album in February of 2000 in their AMERICAN CLASSICS series (Carter Pann—Piano Concerto/Dance Partita 8.559043). The Piano Concerto was nominated for a Grammy as “Best Classical Composition of the Year” 2001. His Clarinet Concerto Rags to Richard, commissioned for Richard Stoltzman, was recorded by the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz and released in the fall of 2006 on MMC. Love Letters (string quartet no. 1) was commissioned by the Ying Quartet for their Life Music commissioning project through a grant from the American Music Institute. Slalom (for orchestra) was performed by the London Symphony under Daniel Harding in 2001 and has since been widely performed throughout the United States and Europe (and subsequently showcased on National Public Radio's Performance Today). Anthems in Waves, a tribute to one of the most weathered American battleships in existence, the USS New Jersey, was commissioned by the Haddonfield Symphony through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

More recent works include Nicky’s Trio (Piano Trio No. 1) for the Amelia Trio, American Child for a consortium of 10 university wind ensembles and Antares (piano - violin - cello - clarinet) for the Antares ensemble. Fantasy-Inventions (an extended solo piano work) was premiered in Alice Tully Hall, October 2004 by pianist Barry Snyder. Pann is currently on the composition faculty at the University of Colorado – Boulder and can be reached at

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