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Gregory R. Wanamaker
Over the past several years, musicians and critics alike have praised Gregory Wanamaker's music as "compelling," "outstanding," "cutting-edge", "skillful," and "a technical tour de force" in publications including Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, and Audiophile Audition.
His music has been commissioned and performed all over the world by groups such as PRISM Quartet, janus trio, Timothy McAllister, Trujillo Symphony Orchestra, Capitol Quartet, Robert Spring, Christopher Creviston, Oren Fader, Masato Kumoi Saxophone Quartet, The MAVerick Ensemble, The Gregg Smith Singers, Mana Trio, Deborah Bish, Ensemble Radieuse, The Three Reeds Duo, Lynn McGrath, and The Society for New Music.
The 2011 Commissioned Composer for the Syracuse-based Society for New Music, his multimedia collaboration with Carrie Mae Weems, A Story Within a Story, was supported in part by a National Endowment for the Arts 2011 Access to Artistic Excellence Grant. He also is the recipient of a 2012 Individual Artist Commission from The New York State Council on the Arts and 16 consecutive standard awards from ASCAP in addition to awards from the National Association of Composers/USA and Britten-On-The-Bay.
Wanamaker's best-known works are his chamber works that exploit unique characteristics and technical extensions of wind instruments. To date, his virtuosic Duo Sonata for clarinet and saxophone has received over 300 performances worldwide and is featured on four commercial recordings to date. His Sonata deus sax machina is one of the required pieces for the 2014 Adolphe Sax International Competition in Dinant, Belgium.
Currently Professor of Composition and Theory at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he has taught since 1997, Wanamaker studied composition with William Averitt, Thomas Albert, Anthony Branker and Ladislav Kubík.
Gregory Wanamaker has several recorded works on the Innova, Albany, Centaur, KCM, Mark Custom, White Pine and Summit labels. He publishes his own music, which is available exclusively through his website: www.gregorywanamaker.com.