Learn more about composition alumni at Manhattan School of Music
William Bolles-Beaven articulates and explores psychological spaces through sonic and visual ideas, which are grounded in art being a personal and interpersonal action. Larger themes in his work tend to appear dialectically: control and openness, the artificial and the genuine, permanence and impermanence. Bolles-Beaven explores these dialectics through juxtaposition, musical quotes, and repetition.
In 2018 he earned his bachelor’s degree in composition from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Elizabeth Ogonek. In his third year, the composition faculty chose his orchestra piece to be performed by the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. His senior year, the faculty awarded him the Walter E. Aschaffenburg Prize, which recognizes a graduating senior for “outstanding music composition.”
While at Oberlin, William Bolles-Beaven also grew more passionate about linguistics and the German language in particular. After he graduated, he taught English in Bregenz, Austria through the United States Teaching Assistant Program, which reaffirmed his desire to teach and heightened his awareness of language change and dialects.
In 2021, Bolles-Beaven graduated from Manhattan School of Music with a master’s degree in Composition. During his studies he worked with Reiko Füting and was awarded the Nicolas Flagello Award, which is given to a graduating senior for “outstanding achievement as a composer,” as well as the Carl Kanter Prize for his thesis composition.
William Bolles-Beaven is currently based in New York City.
Elizabeth Gartman (b. 1996) is a composer and soprano currently based in New York City. As a composer, her work calls attention to the implications behind the vocal instrument paired with the physical body. In addition, her work explores themes of process in performance, as well as active listening and response. As a performer, Elizabeth is dedicated to the contemporary dramatic stage, with a background in classical voice and a current emphasis on new works. Accolades include selection as a finalist in Beth Morrison Project’s 2021 “Next Gen” Cycle, twice recognition as a finalist in ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Competition, the Karl Canter Prize for Orchestral Composition, and the Giampaolo Bracali Composition Award, among others. Elizabeth received her master’s degree in composition from the Manhattan School of Music in May of 2021. Elizabeth most recently studied with Susan Botti (composition) and Lucy Shelton (voice).
Jaegone Kim was born in Daejeon, South Korea in January 1999. He explores paradox, dilemma, absurdity, and the distortion of perception in his artworks. He has been interested in chemistry from a young age, hence logic and mathematics are still inherent in his works.
Simon Røttingen was born in Norway in 2000. He studied piano with Michael Endres and Christian Ihle Hadland as well as conducting with Eivind Aadland at Barrat Due’s Music Institute in Oslo from the age of 12 to 19. During this time, Simon also arranged and composed music for two concerts created exclusively by young musicians, visual artists, and dancers. These projects were created to bring young people together in a utopian space outside of their artistic institutions and specialized fields. He was also accepted into the Norwegian Academy of Music’s Youth Program as a composition major in 2016. In 2019, he moved to New York to study with Reiko Füting at Manhattan School of Music. He is interested in how music reflects the culture in which it is created and performed, as well as music’s ability to change consciousness at fundamental levels, thereby also changing the culture in which it is created and performed.
Logan Vrankovic is an award-winning composer, pianist, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist from New York City. His repertoire and writing style are varied and genre-inclusive by rule, as Logan is a musician that finds his greatest fulfillment by exploring all the different kinds of music the present day has to offer. He was awarded second prize at the 10th International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition for his pieces 6 Variations on ‘Šlo Dzjevča’ for violin and piano, and his Double Concerto ‘By Vltava’ for two clarinets in Bb and strings. He composed both pieces during the five-day speed-composing competition in Prague, Czech Republic. That same year, his “Piano Concerto” won both the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award and the Bohuslav Martinu Prize in Composition. As a performer, Logan is a classically trained concert pianist and conductor. He has performed in venues in the United States and Europe, his favorite venues include the DiMenna Center, Carnegie Hall, Lobkowicz Palace, and Zadar’s Church of St. Donatus. He is a part of many small ensembles and enjoys performing chamber music new and old while striving to incorporate improvisation and modern sensibilities wherever possible.
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