Julian Bennett Holmes

Biography

Julian Bennett Holmes is an award-winning composer and theorist, serving as Sacred Music Coordinator for Columbia University and teaching undergraduate courses at the Manhattan School of Music. He studied with Lowell Liebermann and Richard Danielpour, and is pursuing a doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music with Marjorie Merryman. As a teenager, he toured internationally, playing in experimental bands.

He has won prizes including the Society for New Music Israel/Pellman Award, the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester Young Composer Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Award, and the Second Prize at the Seventh International Antonín Dvorák Composition Competition.

Contact

Please write to julian@newschool.edu.

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You can now watch a video from the performance of Julian Bennett Holmes’s Piano Quintet at the Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem in Budapest.

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Cover of the Piano Trio.

No. 41: Piano Trio: Tropo sul Ritornello di Madrigal di Francesco Landini, “Non a Narcisso fu più amar lo spechio”

Duration 6 minutes.

Premiere 23 April 2019, by Roan Ma, Clara Yeonsue Cho, and Julian Bennett Holmes.

Winner of the Society for New Music 2019 Israel/Pellman Prize.

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Cover of the Missa alternatim.

No. 33: Missa alternatim (2019)

Duration 40 minutes.

Premiere 14 May 2019, at Columbia University, by Ali Jehangir, Anne Levitsky, Carl Adair, Matt Morello, Wilden Dannenberg, Blair Hamrick, Tayler Peterson, and Julian Bennett Holmes.

Excerpt: Kyrie II (Cantorum)

Cover of the Music for Flute and Yangqin.

No. 40: Music for Flute & Yangqin (2019)

Duration 10 minutes.

Premiere 19 March 2019, at Columbia University, by David Ordovsky & Yunzhuo Gan.

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(Live recording by David Ordovsky & Yunzhuo Gan.)

Cover of the Madrigal.

No. 39: Madrigal for Valentine's Day (2018)

Duration 2 minutes.

Premiere Valentine's Day 2019, at Columbia University, by M5.

Cover of the Trio.

No. 36: Trio for Flute, Cello, and Double Bass (2018)

Duration 10 minutes.

Premiere 1 June 2018, at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, by the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble.

Commissioned by the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble.

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No. 34: Tennyson Songs (2018)

Duration 8 minutes.

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(Live reading of the first song, by sTem Ensemble.)

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No. 32: Piano Quintet (2018)

Duration 18 minutes.

Premiere 29 September 2018, at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, by What a Neighborhood (commissioner).

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(Live recording by Vida Bernadette, Kiss-Varga Roberta Izabella, Klein Zsófia, Horváth Ágnes, Pelle Fanni, and Gonda Katalin.)

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No. 31: Prelude & Fugue for Fortepiano (2017)

Duration Approximately four minutes.

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No. 30: Sonata for Flute & Piano (2017)

Duration 10 minutes.

Premiere 25 October 2017, by David Ordovsky and Baron Fenwick.

Winner of the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester Young Composers Competition.

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(Live recording from the premiere.)

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No. 29: Winter Olympics (2017)

Duration 6 minutes.

Premiere 23 February 2018, at the Riverside Church in New York City, by George Manahan conducting the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra.

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(Live recording by George Manahan conducting the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra.)

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No. 26: Teasdale Songs (2017)

Commissioned by What a Neighborhood! for Ishmael Wallace.

Duration 10 minutes.

Premiere 11 November 2017 at 1:30pm, at Mary’s Church of Manhattanville, by Ishmael Wallace.

(Exceprt: “Central Park at Dusk,” performed by Jianing Zhang and Julian Bennett Holmes.)

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No. 25: Fantasy for Violin & Electronics (2017)

Commissioned by Joanna Jenner.

Duration 10 minutes.

Premiere 21 April 2017, at the Manhattan School of Music, by Lena Vidulich.

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(Live recording by Lena Vidulich.)

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No. 24: Woodwind Quintet (2017)

Duration 8 minutes.

Premiere 17 November 2017 at 7:30pm, at Manhattan School of Music, by Melissa Aleles, Hyungju Oh, David Valbuena, Morgan Wynne, and Jessica Wiley.

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(Studio recording by the premiere ensemble.)

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No. 22: Sonata for Two Pianos (2017)

Duration 10 minutes.

Premiere 18 January 2017, at the Manhattan School of Music, by Baron Fenwick and Thomas Weaver.

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(Live recording by Baron Fenwick and Thomas Weaver.)

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No. 21: Duet for Violin & Cello (2016)

Duration 6 minutes.

Premiere 6 December 2016, at the Manhattan School of Music, by Julia Suh and Sujari Britt.

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(Live recording by Julia Suh and Sujari Britt.)

Cover of the Kyrie.

No. 16: Kyrie (2016)

Duration 6 minutes.

Premiere 24 June 2016, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, NY.

Winner of the 2017 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Award.

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(Live recording by Choral Chameleon.)

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No. 14: Piano Sonata No. 2 (2016)

Duration 12 minutes.

Premiere 14 May 2016, at Mannes College, by Thomas Weaver.

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(2016 studio recording by Thomas Weaver.)

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No. 11: Symphony (2015)

Duration 30 minutes.

Premiere 15 March 2016, at Tishman Auditorium, by the Mannes Orchestra.

Winner of the Mannes College Bohuslav Martinů Prize.

(Excerpt from the complete performance by the Mannes Orchestra.)

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No. 10: Missa, Part II (2015)

Duration 6 minutes.

Premiere 19 June 2015, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, NY, by Vince Peterson conducting Choral Chameleon.

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(Live recording by Choral Chameleon.)

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No. 9: Sonata for Viola & Piano (2014)

Duration 13 minutes.

Premiere 12 April 2015, at the Mannes College Concert Hall, by Adam Kramer and Ariela Bohrod.

Commisioned by Adam Kramer.

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(Live recording by Adam Kramer and Ariela Bohrod.)

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No. 8: Missa brevis (2014)

Duration 10 minutes.

Premiere 20 June 2014, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, NY, by Matthew Oltman conducting Choral Chameleon.

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(Live recording by Choral Chameleon.)

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No. 6: String Quartet (2014)

Duration 18 minutes.

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No. 5: Piano Sonata No. 1 (2013)

Duration 18 minutes.

Premiere 18 February 2014, at Mannes College, by Daniel Colalillo.

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(Live recording by Daniel Colalillo.)

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No. 4: Rhapsody on an Original Theme (2013)

Duration 6 minutes.

Premiere 11 June 2013, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, NY, by Vince Peterson conducting Choral Chameleon.

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(Live recording by Choral Chameleon.)

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No. 2: Quartet for Violin, Clarinet, Bassoon & Piano (2013)

Duration 10 minutes.

Premiere 6 May 2013, at Brooklyn College, by Wieslawa Zarkowska, Ato Noel, Kenny Advocat, and Boris Lemeshev.

Cover of the Violin Sonata.

No. 1: Sonata for Violin & Piano (2012)

Duration 12 minutes.

Premiere 8 May 2012, at Mannes College, by Ye Byeol Lee & Jae Kyo Han.

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(2014 studio recording by Ye Byeol Lee & Jae Kyo Han.)

Preview of Mozart's Pedal Tones.

Pedal Tones in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Act II, Finale (2012)

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