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Dorothy Alexander, courtesy American Academy of Arts and Letters
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
“Ezra Laderman has been enthusiastically elected president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.” Thus proclaims Louis Auchincloss — chair of the Academy’s Nominating Committee — on Laderman’s three-year term, which began on 18 January. Laderman, a member of the Academy since 1991 and the sixth composer to serve as president in its 108 years, is “delighted with this opportunity to serve the organization which holds great meaning for me in its fostering of work by younger artists.”

Professor of Music and former Dean at the Yale School of Music, Laderman has composed music in all genres, much of which appears on Albany Records. Critic Allen Gimbel notes of Albany’s “Music of Ezra Laderman” series, “Laderman’s stylistic language [is] a well-absorbed blend of tonal and non-tonal elements, employed with great freedom and expressive range.” A series of duets occupies him currently; recent works include Variations on a Passacaglia (Concerto for Cello and Orchestra), Brass Trio, and Samurai Song for soprano and tenor. Just off-press are his Violin Duets (HL 50485858).

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