Works performed by Earplay:

Piano Trio

The music of Reynold Tharp has recently been described as "tone painting at its most adroit" evoked with "a prismatic palette" (Financial Times), and "gorgeous... a sensuous evocation of colors and atmospheres... Not content to write textures that are merely interesting or surprising, Tharp concocts sounds that are also ravishing and intoxicating" (San Francisco Classical Voice). The New York Times called a recent piece "a winner" and added, "Elegant, airy and weightless figurations for an octet of strings, winds, brasses, piano and percussion were a stylish and fitting homage to Ligeti. The music also made you eager to hear more from Mr. Tharp..."

Tharp’s music has been performed in the U.S., Europe, and Asia by groups such as the New Juilliard Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Minnesota Orchestra, Ensemble Dal Niente, Boston Modern Orchestra Project club concerts, Ensemble Diffraction, Orchestre Lyrique de Region Avignon-Provence, and the Nieuw Ensemble. Recent highlights include the Korean premiere of his music at the Sejong Chamber Hall in Seoul and two new pieces, a large ensemble piece for the New Juilliard Ensemble and a commissioned work for organ. In 2012, Albany Records released a CD by the Aletheia Duo of music inspired by nature, which includes his piece Chaparral.

Tharp was born in Indiana and grew up in southern California. After early training as a pianist, he studied composition and history at Oberlin College and Conservatory and earned a Ph.D. in composition at the University of California, Berkeley, studying with Jorge Liderman, Richard Felciano, and Cindy Cox. As recipient of Berkeley’s Ladd Fellowship he spent two years in Paris studying composition with Philippe Leroux and orchestration with Marc-André Dalbavie. Currently assistant professor of composition and theory at the University of Illinois, he has previously taught at Northwestern University and San Francisco State University.

[from program for May 19, 2014 concert]