ADRIENNE ALBERT BIOGRAPHY
Having collaborated with other composers as a singer, (Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass and Gunther Schuller to name a few), Adrienne Albert began composing her own music in the 1990s. Her music has been widely performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Australia, South America, Canada, Thailand, China and South Africa. The child of European
violinists, Adrienne began studying the piano at age 4 and composition
at 10. She had the good fortune to have had great
teachers: for piano,
Jacob Gimpel and Aube Tzerko in Los Angeles, Joanna Graudan at
the Aspen Music School and early composition studies
with Saul Kaplan
and Leonard Stein. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in music performance and education. After enjoying a lengthy career performing
other peoples music in Los Angeles and New York, she returned to L.A. to study
composition with Stephen
Lucky Mosko at CalArts and orchestration with Albert
"Music has always been a central part of my life. Whether it
has been performing, singing, or composing, it is the thread
through each part of my being. I find joy in every form of music,
and my life has been an eclectic patchwork of music ranging
avant- garde 20th century vocal and choral music to Baroque,
ethnic, folk music, jazz, popular, and of course, classical
music. We are
each an amalgam of our pasts, influenced by our individual experiences,
and I have been extremely fortunate in having an extraordinary
which informs my present and makes me look forward with great
enthusiasm to the future."
Commissions, Grants, Awards
Adrienne's music is supported by noteworthy arts organizations including the National Endowment of Arts, ACF, MTC/Rockefeller Foundation, ACF Subito Award, MPE Fraternity, ACME, and ASCAP. Recent commissions include works for the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, Palisades Virtuosi, Zinkali Trio, Pennsylvania Academy of Music, Chamber Music Palisades, Pacific Serenades. Adrienne was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant through The American Composers Forum for the
Continental Harmony project in the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska (2006-2007). She made numerous trips to the region and composed a three movement work based on her experiences in this area of Alaska, south of Anchorage. Titled "Alaskan Symphony",
the work is scored for orchestra and chorus and had its premiere performances in Alaska in 2007.
Commissions include a large scale choral work based on an adaptation by writer Susan Suntree, of The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, "Musescapes" co-commissioned by The Newstead Trio and Carol Gee, and a work for Wind Band titled "Courage for Winds" commissioned by the Inland Empire Wind Band Orchestras . In addition, commissions from Chamber Music Palisades for flute, violin, viola and cello titled "Americana"; "Wind Tides", commissioned by Andrew Malloy for trombone and piano, and two works commissioned by Contrabass flutist, Peter Sheridan, titled "Two for Two". She also transcribed several versions of Lullaby, the middle movement of her 2007 commission by Pacific Serenades.
In 2007, Adrienne composed several commissions including Between the dark and daylight, a three-movement work for flute, violin, viola, cello and harp (Nightdreams, Lullaby, and Daydreams) for Pacific Serenades which
premiered in April of 2007, an Evensong Cycle commissioned by St. Bedes Church in Mar Vista, CA. that premiered in May, 2007.
She is former Composer-In-Residence for both The
Wagner Ensemble and The Los
Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra who commissioned two orchestral works, "Courage" (2000) and "Western Suite" (1999), both of which were premiered by LADSO
on the West Coast and have had numerous performances across the country including
performances by Virginia
Symphony Orchestra, The
Hewlett-Packard Symphony Orchestra,
The Old Post Road Orchestra, the Carson City Symphony, Kona Symphony and the Conway Symphony
Orchestra in Central Arkansas among many others. "Courage for Winds "(2009) was commissioned by a Consortium of Wind Bands headed by Jeffrey Boeckman, Director of the Inland Empire Youth Wind Symphony.
Adrienne's popular "Western Suite"; was recorded for ABC Classics by
the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra with Sean O'Boyle conducting
on a CD titled "Soliloquy"; Numerous chamber
works have been performed across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
One of her most performed works, Adrienne's “Doppler Effect” (which was originally composed
for flute, viola and harp) is now is transcribed by the composer for over a dozen
Other works include “Mirror Images”, for saxophone quartet, clarinet quartet
and flute quartet, "Fanfare for 13 Brass" which was performed by the
Hollywood Brass. A work for saxophone and guitar, commissioned by Drs. Alan Durst
and Corey Whitehead in 2006 titled “L.A. Tango Nuevo” is going to be recorded for
their upcoming CD on Centaur Records.
Her choral works have had premieres by the The Gregg
Smith Singers in New York.
“Meditation” and “Night” were both premiered by the GSS and more recently, she received
a commission from the GSS to compose a work for them which they premiered at Saranac
Lake, NY in the summer of 2006.
Adrienne has received yearly consecutive ASCAP Awards, several Meet The Composer
grants and a number of Copying Assistance Program grants.
Her first major commission was from The Henry Mancini Institute to compose "Serenade
For Alto Sax, Trumpet and Orchestra" , a cross-over work for which she conducted
The Mancini Institute Orchestra in the premiere performance at the Carpenter Performing
Arts Center in Long Beach, CA. in August of 1997.
Ms. Albert”s vocal career began while attending UCLA, singing with The
Gregg Smith Singers and The Roger Wagner Chorale. Igor Stravinsky discovered her “perfect boy
alto” voice and hired her to be the alto soloist on his “Mass”. She worked with
the Maestro on numerous occasions and recorded three more solo recordings with him,
including his “Four Russian Songs For Flute, Harp, Guitar, and Voice”, “Cantata”,
and Stravinsky”s last song, “The Owl And The Pussycat”, with Robert Craft accompanying.
Ms. Albert enjoyed a long working relationship with Leonard Bernstein as a singer
and contractor on his celebrated recordings of “Mass”, (the premiere of which opened
the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC), and “West Side Story”, on which she contracted
the Jets and Sharks, performing with Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carreras. She also
sang with Barbara Hendricks at Bernstein”s 70th birthday celebration in Tanglewood
under the baton of John Williams. Other solo recordings include songs of Charles
Ives with The Columbia Symphony and Phillip Glass” opera, “The Photographer”, with
At Avery Fisher Hall, she performed in the premiere of Gunther Schuller”s “Concerto Quarternio” conducted by Zubin Mehta. As a studio
singer in New York and Los Angeles, Ms. Albert performed on hundreds of television
and radio commercials, sang on countless film scores and worked with such diverse
artists as Pablo Casals, Benny Golson, Dave Grusin, Lieber and Stoller, Zubin Mehta,
Frank Sinatra, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
FILM & TELEVISION CREDITS
As an arranger/conductor, Adrienne wrote the arrangements based on the 1941 Paul Robeson recordings of Negro spirituals for Sidney Lumet's
movie, "Daniel". She conducted the choir for the film scores of the movies, "The Verdict"
as well as “Daniel”.. She received a Certificate in Film Scoring from UCLA in
1996 and participated in the ASCAP/Film Scoring workshop in Los
With a teaching credential in music education, Ms. Albert taught award-winning choirs
in the Los Angeles and Santa Monica City school systems. Her radio program on WKTU_FM
in New York was a hit among youngsters and was known nationally. In addition, she
co-founded the Children to Children choir, which performed at Lincoln Center and
Carnegie Hall and composed a song titled "Children to Children".
Ms. Albert is past President of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter of Mu
Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity. She is a member of the LA Composers Forum, SAG, AFTRA,
The American Music Center, American Composers Forum, International Alliance for
Women In Music (IAWM), The Dominant Club, Vice President in charge of programming for NACUSA/L.A. and a member of ASCAP.