HUGH LEVICK, founder and director
Graduating cum laude from Yale University, and with an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Hugh Levick set off for Paris to write a novel. In Paris he returned to his musical beginnings and the saxophone, studying and playing with Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy and the Chicago Art Ensemble, amongst others. Later in NYC he studied composition at Julliard with Stanley Wolfe and David Diamond, and privately with John Cage and Vinko Globokar.
Gramophone describes Gernot Wolfgang as a composer with a “winning sonic arsenal”, while jazz legend Dave Brubeck characterized Gernot’s music as being of “unconventional beauty”.
The Lyris Quartet is a Los Angeles based string quartet. The quartet was created from a conversation between violinist Alyssa Park, who has enjoyed an illustrious career as an international soloist and is the youngest prizewinner in the history of the Tchaikovsky International Competition and violinist Shalini Vijayan who has built a career as an advocate of modern music as a member of Grammy nominated groups, Absolute Ensemble and Southwest Chamber Music. Drawing on their diverse backgrounds, these musicians chose to create a string quartet that could encompass their love for both standard and modern repertoire and commission works from living composers. Violist Luke Maurer and cellist Timothy Loo joined the group and Lyris was formally founded in 2008.
Co-associate Artistic Director Sarah Gibson is a composer and pianist whose works have been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, members of eighth blackbird, What’s Next?, L.A. Signal Lab, and others. Her music has received numerous honors. She is a founding member of the new music piano duo HOCKET, has degrees in Composition and Piano from Indiana University, and a Masters of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from USC where she is on the faculty. She is a Lead Teaching Artist for the esteemed Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellowship Program.
WILLIAM KRAFT, artistic advisor
William Kraft has had a long and active career as composer, conductor, timpanist/percussionist and teacher. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he served for 11 years (1991 – 2002) as Chairman of the Composition
PETER KNELL, co-associate artistic director
Praised for being “gratefully idiomatic” (Los Angeles Times) and for its “subtle virtuosity” (MusicWeb International), Peter Knell’s music is meticulously crafted for both instruments and voices, making full use of their expressive and coloristic potential. He is deeply invested in musical structure as a crucible to intensify the affective experience of the listener, and he has consistently been rewarded by the enthusiastic reception of his work by audiences and performers.