Portrait of Harvey SOLLBERGER:
Works for flute orchestra and flute soloists
With flute soloists: Harvey SOLLBERGER, and Pierre-Yves ARTAUD
Direction Harvey SOLLBERGER et Marc HAJJAR
Location: Mairie du XVIIème, rue des Batignolles, 75017 Paris
Five Sollberger works composed between 1983 and 2016 will comprise the program, including the world premiere of a new work composed for the OFF, “A meme rive” (“Toward the Same Shore”). “A meme rive” is dedicated to the French people as a token of solidarity in their ongoing resistance to threats of terrorism, and is composed for an orchestra of 24 flutes (including 4 piccolos, 8 flutes, 4 alto flutes, 4 bass flutes and 4 contrabass flutes).
Sollberger will also perform as flute soloist in his “New Millennium Memo,” “Potpourri for Betty” and “Sonate Charlie Hebdo.” The program will conclude with his “Killapata/Chaskapata” for flute soloist and flute orchestra, with the solo part to be played by French flute virtuoso and Music Director of the OFF, Pierre-Yves Artaud.
The Orchestre de Flutes Francais has been a pillar of the Parisian musical scene for many years. Founded and led by Pierre-Yves Artaud, it consists of 24 of the French capitol's leading flutists and has presented many premieres and new works by leading French and international composers.
Harvey Sollberger was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is a graduate of Marion High School and the University of Iowa. He has been Professor of Music at Columbia University, the Manhattan School of
Music, the Indiana University School of Music and the University of California, San Diego. Aside from his academic appointments, he has served as Composer-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and Red Cedar Chamber Music.
He has received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Walter W. Naumberg Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Sollberger's compositions have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco
Symphony, Tanglewood, Interlink (Tokyo), Radio France (Paris), Incontri di Musica Sacra (Rome)
and many other organizations. In 2012 he donated his papers to the Library of Congress in Washington,
D.C. In 2015 he received the National Flute Association's Distinguished Achievement
Award, and is a 2016 recipient of a grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for the
production of a compact disc of his flute music written between 1958 and 2016.