Works performed by Earplay:

Sappho Fragments
Songs of Majnūn Leyla

Richard Aldag is an American-born composer, educator, and arts administrator. He holds a Ph.D. in Music from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where his principal teachers included Carlos Surinach, Henry Weinberg, George Perle, and Ralph Shapey.

Aldag has received commissions from diverse entities including the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Queens Symphony's Sounds from the Left Bank, Trio Versailles, Earplay, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, cellist Zuill Bailey, and Chamber Music San Francisco. Aldag has served as Composer-in-Residence for the Sitka Summer Music Festival (2014) and the El Paso Pro Music Chamber Music Festival (2015). His recent CD Broadway Boogie-Woogie on Albany Records has received critical acclaim, earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Aldag has served on the faculties of San Francisco State University, San Jose State University School of Music and Dance, Pacific Union College, the Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College, Fordham University, and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. He served as a special lecturer in music composition and contemporary American music at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1991 and 1992.

In addition to his work as composer and educator, Aldag has held administrative positions that include Executive Director of the Napa Valley Symphony (2006-2011); Executive Director of Lincoln Theater Napa Valley (2009-2011); Executive Director of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra (2002-2007); Executive Director of Los Lupeños de San José (1998-2000); and Director of the Silicon Valley Youth Conservatory at San Jose State University (1995-1998).

[Photo: Luca Aldag]