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Salt Lake Symphony - Guest Artist, Jeff Manookian
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A recent recipient of a commission from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University
to compose a concerto for flute and orchestra to be premiered by the Salt Lake Symphony
, Jeff Manookian
has garnered numerous accolades for his
The Frederick Delius Competition conferred its Grand Prize on Manookian's Fantasy and Toccata for Violin and Piano and the chamber music first prize for his
Sonata for Flute and Piano.
compositions have figured numerous times on the Frederick Delius Music Festival in Jacksonville, Florida.
Other top prizes have been awarded to Manookian's
works, including the Grand Prize and multiple first places in the Composers Guild International Composition Competition.
Several of Manookian's
compositions are in print with Warner Brothers Publications, Inc.
Among the pieces published by Warner Brothers
Twelve Etudes for the Intermediate Pianist-a commission
from the Utah Music Teachers Association
Additional Manookian works have been published by Feature Films for Families and Windsor Editions.
Subsequent composition commissions have come from the Abramyan String Quartet
, Utah Flute Association
, Utah Centennial Commission
, Episcopal Diocese of Utah
, Cathedral of the Madeline, Utah Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts
, Westminster College
, and Sandy City, Utah
for the grand opening of its new amphitheatre.
music has been performed at the Kennedy Center
in Washington D.C. and broadcast live over the internet.
Ensembles such as the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra (in Boston's Symphony Hall and in Prague), Pasadena Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony, University Musical Society of Las Vegas, the America West Symphony, Salt Lake Symphony, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, Intermountain Classical Orchestra, Gloriana Choir, Contemporary Music Consortium, Monticello Medici Chamber Ensemble
(in Pasadena, California) and numerous choirs and instrumental soloists have included Manookian's
works on their concert rosters.
Manookian's Symphony of Tears for the mezzo-soprano, boy soprano, choir and orchestra, a commemorative oratorio of the 1915 American Genocide, received its premiere this year by the Oratorio Society of Utah
as the opening concert of the 2000 Madeline Festival for the Arts and Humanities.
As a pianist, Manookian has performed on national television in the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Peru', and Bolivia.
was the soloist in Salt Lake City's Abravanel Hall with the International Classical Orchestra
performing the complete works for piano and orchestra by George Gershwin.
conducting debut at 16.
He has since served as music director of the Utah Youth Symphony, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, and International Classical Orchestra.
has guest conducted the Pasadena Symphony, University Musical Society of Las Vegas, the University of Utah SummerArts Orchestra, the Salt Lake Symphony, the America West Symphony, Murray Symphony and the Oratorio Society of Utah
Jeff Manookian is the classical music critic for the Salt Lake Tribune.