Michael Udow


Michael Udow has composed three operas, film scores, orchestral and wind ensemble works, chamber music, and solo compositions. Michael's distinctive compositional voice alludes categorization. Quite often, his rhythmically engaging contrapuntal lines with dense timbres weave effortlessly with memorable melodic lines. His latest 2020 Animated Film to be performed live with orchestra, wind ensemble or 6-percussion with sound playback has received twelve laurel awards, including New York's Sound and Vision International Film & Technology Festival, Hollywood Verge Film Awards, Picasso, Einstein, Buddha Film Festival (India) and Bengal's Model N Movie International Shorts. In addition, Michael was the 2014-15 Composer-in-Residence with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Michael is a University of Michigan Emeritus Professor (1982 – 2011). He retired from his distinguished career as the principal percussionist with The Santa Fe Opera (1968 – 2009). Michael holds BM degrees in composition and percussion from the University of Illinois, where he also completed his MM and the first DMA degree in percussion performance. Oxford University Press published his 472-page book, Percussion Pedagogy, A Practical Guide for Studio Teachers, in 2019. The Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Madison Philharmonia have recorded Michael's works. In 2022, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra will be presenting Michael's Shattered Mirror Suite, preceded by a week of guest composer workshops. In addition, the world premiere of his multiple percussion concerto, Ancient Echoes, will be given by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

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59 title(s)
Michael Udow White Dwarf (for Soprano, Tuba, and Percussion Quartet) Soprano (or Mezzo-Soprano), Tuba, and Four Percussionists
Michael Udow White Dwarf (for Mezzo-Soprano, Tuba, Piano, and Percussion) Mezzo-Soprano, Tuba, Piano, and Percussion
Michael Udow Wall of Two (Opera Piano/Vocal Score) Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, and Piano
Michael Udow Wall of Two - A Chamber Opera in Two Acts Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, and Chamber Ensemble
Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass, and Piano
Michael Udow Vistas Bass Clarinet and Percussion
Michael Udow Tree of Life (for Winds) Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Bass Clarinet, and Bassoon
Michael Udow Tree of Life (for Piano) Piano
Michael Udow Toyama Two Percussionists
Michael Udow Topsy-Turvy Percussion Quartet
Michael Udow Timelines Solo Percussion and 14 Percussionists
Michael Udow Timbrack Quartet Percussion Quartet
Michael Udow Thunderbolt Orchestra
3(3=picc)2(2=EH)4(3=Ebcl, 4=bcl) - 42(2+ptpt)3(3=btbn)1 - timp, 4 perc, pno, 2 hp - strings
Michael Udow Tennei-Ji Solo Marimba
Michael Udow Suite for Jazz Drums & Handclappers Drum Set & 4 Percussionists
Michael Udow Stepping Stones - for Orchestra Orchestra
4(3=picc,4=afl)2(2=EH)4(3=Eb,4=bcl)3(3=cbsn) - 2231 - timp, 4 perc, pno, hp - strings
Michael Udow Stepping Stones Two Marimbas
Michael Udow Stepping on Stars Two Percussionists and Fixed Media
Michael Udow Shattered Mirror Suite Orchestra
3(2+afl, 3+picc)3(3=EH)3(3=bcl)3 - 433(3=btbn)1 - timp, 3 perc, hp - strings
Michael Udow Shadow Songs IV solo marimba + 6 perc
Michael Udow Shadow Songs II solo violin, solo percussion, strings
Michael Udow Schizoid Marimba and Vibraphone
Michael Udow Rio Grande Riffs Percussion Septet
Michael Udow Past & Present Solo Timpani and Tape
Michael Udow Music for Cross-Cultures 12 Percussionists
Michael Udow Mountain Myths orchestra

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