traditional instruments, ensembles & electro-acoustic music medium.
Associate Director and Coordinator of the Composition Program
San José State University School of Music and Dance
Born in Argentina, Pablo Furman emigrated to the United States in 1976 and received a doctoral degree in composition at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has taught at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and was guest composer at Stanford University’s CCRMA and at the Djerassi Artist Foundation in Woodside, CA.Furman is the winner of a Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundationcomposition award, a composition award from the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, a California Arts Council award in composition, a President’s Special Recognition Award granted in 1996 by Dr. Robert Caret, then president of San José State University for “[Furman’s] exceptional achievements that advance the University’s mission...” and two fellowship awards from the California State University (1993 and 1995) for his work in composition. He has received commissions from the International Computer Music Association, the New Music Works ensemble, the Earplay ensemble, the Composers Conference & Chamber Music Center (Wellesley, MA), and the San José Chamber Orchestra as well as from renowned professional ensembles and performers Sherry Silar, John Sampen, Paticia Strange, Earplay Esnemble, San José Chamber Orchestra among others.His compositions have been performed by the Olsztyn Philharmonia Orchestra, Poland; the International Double Reed Society (Tampa, Florida), both occasions with oboist Sherry Sylar, Associate Principal Oboe of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; San José Chamber Orchestra (several), Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra; at conferences of SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US); at the Brandeis University New Music Festival (twice); Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina; International Computer Music Conference in Montreal, Canada, Thessaloniki, Greece, Hong Kong and Thailand; the Mid-American New Music Festival in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva (Mexico City); the Festival International de Música Contemporanea (Guanajuato, Mexico); the 1993 Convention of the National Flute Association, and the Santa Cruz New Music Works series. His work Synergy, for amplified flute and electronics is featured on a CD produced by the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, and Music for Alto Saxophone and Electronics is featured in a CD by saxophonist John Sampen on Capstone Records CPS-8636, “The Electric Saxophone.” His works are published by Theodor Presser Co., and J/P Publications and Subutio Music, Inc.Furman is Associate Director and Coordinator of The Composition Program at San José State University, San José, CA where he teaches composition, music theory, and electronic music.
Pablo Furman’s area of expertise is music composition
One of his particular interests is in the use of technoloy, based on the premise that electronic sounds are ideal to transform and enhance the sonic characteristic of live instruments. His electro-acoustic compositions employ aggregates of synthesized materials and digitally processed concrete sounds.
Principal among Furman’s tenets is the concept that working with technology is an exercise that informs the compositional process for traditional instruments and that, conversely, composing with traditional instruments educates the writing of elecrto-acoustic music.
About PASO DEL FUEGO
“I found Furman’s music a delight - there are passionate melodies, driven harmonies and rhythms suggestive of Argetine tango. I also found the pairing of a string quartet with the string orchestra intriguing, especially in a piece talking about Passage of Fire. I was amazed how many different colors Furman was able to pull out of an ensemble consisting purely of strings.”
Martin Majkut, Music Director
For inquiries about scores, performances, electronic parts and more please send Pablo a message