Originally from Danbury, CT, Paul Frucht is an American composer whose music has been hailed for its “sense of lyricism, driving pulse, and great urgency” (WQXR). His music has recently been performed across the United States by the San Diego Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Orchestra, American Modern Ensemble, the Asia America New Music Institute, the Les Deux violin duo, the LONGLEASH Trio, and at the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute. Paul is a recipient of numerous honors and awards in composition including a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Julliard’s Palmer Dixon, Arthur Friedman Awards, and Gena Raps awards. He has also received recognition from the American Composers Orchestra and ASCAP.
Highlights of 2016 include a world premiere of a new work for cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki as well as commissions from the Resonant Grounds Initiative and the Kyoto International Music Festival in Japan. Paul is currently a D.M.A candidate at Juilliard, where he also earned a Master of Music Degree in 2013, studying with Robert Beaser. Paul earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from NYU, where he studied with Justin Dello Joio. Paul is an adjunct faculty member at NYU and is artistic director of the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive, a music festival and concert series he founded this past summer in Danbury, CT that champions the work of Danbury native, Charles Ives, as well as today’s living American composers.