Bard Conservatory of Music
Composition faculty, George Tsontakis, makes NPR Top 10 Recordings of 2017
The excerpt of Tom Huizenga's article about George Tsoktakis:
"The concerto. It might be a 400-year-old game plan, but in the hands of the right composer — like George Tsontakis — it can still pack a satisfying punch. Three diverse concertos, one each for clarinet, trumpet and a pair of violins, offer a fascinating window into the American composer's eclectic style, and an opportunity to hear one of this country's finest regional orchestras. The Albany Symphony Orchestra, led by David Alan Miller, specializes in American music, but in Anasa, composed for the expressive clarinetist David Krakauer, the players deftly maneuver melismatic riffs of East European klezmer music and inspirations from the composer's Greek roots. True Colors, for Albany's trumpeter Eric Berlin, travels through spacious Copland-like tonalities and jazz, while the nostalgic and mood-swinging Unforgettable, for two violinists, finds inspiration in both the Nat King Cole hit and Bach's beloved "Double" concerto."
Congratulations, George! We are honored to have you as a part of the Conservatory faculty.