Koto Concerto: Genji (2011) - For 21 or 13-string koto with string quartet, chamber orchestra, or symphony orchestra.
Daron Aric Hagen (b. 1961, Milwaukee) established his national reputation in the early eighties with performances by the New York Philharmonic (Philharmonia, commissioned to celebrate the orchestra’s 150th anniversary in 1992), and the Philadelphia Orchestra; international recognition and acclaim followed with the première of his first major opera, Shining Brow (1992). The Curtis Institute of Music commissioned Much Ado for its orchestra in celebration of its 100th Anniversary. A steady stream of commissions from major orchestras, ensembles, and soloists over the past quarter century have cemented Hagen’s reputation as one of America’s most respected and sought-after composers.
Among the many organizations which have performed Hagen’s works are: the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, National Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, the orchestras of Milwaukee, New Mexico, Vermont, Oakland, Long Beach, Sacramento, and Denver; the Buffalo and Brooklyn Philharmonics, Opera Theater Ireland, and the Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals.
Current projects include Amelia, an opera for the Seattle Opera; Nemo, an opera for the Sarasota Opera, and a violin concerto for Michael Ludwig and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Recent projects include a fourth symphony (with chorus) for the Albany Symphony; concerti for Gary Graffman, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Jeffrey Khaner, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, the Finisterra and Amelia Piano Trios, and works for Present Music, Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the Kings Singers, and the Amernet, Carpentier and Elements String Quartets.
Mr. Hagen is active also as a conductor, pianist, and stage director. He made his debut as a stage director with the Buffalo Philharmonic (2006), and has since staged three of his operas in major venues. He has released two discs as a collaborative pianist with baritone Paul Kreider on the Arsis label. The recording of his opera Bandanna under his baton (Albany Troy 849/50) was chosen by Fanfare Magazine as one of the ten notable releases of 2006 and chosen as an “ArkivMusic Recommendation”. Naxos has released the full recording of Shining Brow and his complete piano trios.
A Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo, a trustee of the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera, and past president of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, his work has received the Kennedy Center Friedheim, the Bearns, Barlow, and ASCAP-Nissim Prizes, two Rockefeller Bellagio Residencies, the Camargo Residency, the Tanglewood Gelin Fellowship, multiple residencies at VCCA and MacDowell, as well as the support of scholarships and development grants from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and Opera America. His music is published by Carl Fischer, EC Schirmer, and Burning Sled. Recordings are available on Albany, Arsis, Sierra, CRI, Klavier and Naxos.
Mr. Hagen attended the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where his private teachers included Leonard Bernstein, David Diamond, Bernard Rands, Ned Rorem and Joseph Schwantner. A New Yorker since 1984, he lives with his wife, the composer Gilda Lyons, and his son Atticus.
Currently unaffiliated with a teaching institution, Mr. Hagen maintains a vigorous private teaching schedule and gives numerous master classes and residencies at colleges and music festivals. Artistic Director of the Seasons Festival in Yakima, Washington, Hagen is a frequent grants panelist and has served twice as Composer in Residence for the Princeton University Atelier; Composer in Residence at the Chicago Conservatory of Music of the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, as Franz Lehar Composer in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh; as Artist in Residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Sigma-Chi-William P. Huffman Composer in Residence at Miami University; Artist in Residence at Baylor University; on the musical studies faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music; nine years on the composition faculty of Bard College; as a Visiting Professor at the City College of New York; and as a Lecturer in Music at New York University.