Edward Hart





Edward Hart
Composer

Biography

 

Edward Hart’s music has been performed in the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Europe including performances in New York, Los Angeles, Kiev, Vienna, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Boston, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Reviewers have described his music as “spiritual and emotional,” “…clearly visual,” “…well crafted, smartly scored and cast in an accessible style that clearly communicates to audiences,” and having “… great sweep and strong appeal.”  His works include concerti for violin, piano, and guitar, various orchestral works, chamber music, solo piano compositions, choral music, and art songs.  Ensembles that have performed his music include Shanghai Quartet, Kiev Philharmonic, Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra (Austria), Orquesta de Baja California, Philharmonica de Montevideo, Symphony of the Americas, South Carolina Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Taylor Festival Choir, and the Upton Trio. He has received many commissions including song cycles for mezzo soprano D’Anna Fortunato and tenor Darryl Taylor, as well as concerti for Mexican guitar virtuoso Roberto Limon and violinist Yuriy Bekker.  Hart’s choral music is published by Colla Voce.

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From 1994 to 2004, Hart was a cofounder and musical director of The Lowcountry Heritage Society, an arts organization dedicated to the production of new works of art, music, and literature about or inspired by the South Carolina Lowcountry. During that time, the Society commissioned over fifty new musical works by thirteen composers.  Additionally, the Society produced two modern dance works, a ballet, two literary anthologies, an original play, and fourteen visual art exhibits.

 

Hart is a native of Charleston South Carolina, USA and holds a Doctorate from the University of South Carolina where his primary composition teacher was Gordon “Dick” Goodwin.  He is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the College of Charleston.

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