“Wunderkind” is a well-known German term historically applied to a person who possesses an extraordinary talent or brilliance (particularly musical) at an early age. The creative impetus for this work was the desire to explore the intellectual workings of a developing child prodigy, the electronic component used to expand the palette of such a restricted instrument while representing the mind’s ear of the child. The opening cadenza begins clumsily as the “child” seemingly explores the instrument for the first time. Musical ideas begin to mature, congeal, and find meaning. The fixed media playback begins after two minutes of solo, and a complex and harmonically-saturated sound world emerges from and interacts with performed gestures, meant to be perceived as imagined musical structures, astonishingly advanced for a mere child.
All of the sounds in the fixed media were created by recording and processing my own toy piano.
Timothy Roy is a composer whose music seeks to illuminate both the beautiful and sacred in the world. Timothy is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he was both a President’s Scholar and Theodore Presser Scholar, studying composition with Martin Sweidel, Kevin Hanlon, and Simon Sargon, and piano with Alfred Mouledous. He has composed music for a wide variety of ensembles and media, including Missa SMU for two soloists, choir, and orchestra, which was written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Catholic Campus Ministry at Southern Methodist University, and a sound installation commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Neiman Marcus Corporation. His music has been selected for performance by Denison University's “Tutti” New Music Festival, Heidelberg University's New Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, the Electronic Music Studios Concert Series at the University of Iowa, the Kansas City Electronic Music & Arts Alliance (KcEMA), Stacey Barelos’ Missouri Piano Project, and the International Electroacoustic Music Festival of Chile, “Ai-maako.” He was recently a Finalist in the ninth edition of the International Composition Competition "Città di Udine.” Timothy teaches undergraduate courses in music theory at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, while completing a master’s degree in composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying with James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, and Chen Yi.
Praised as an “excellent pianist” with “titanic force” (New York Times), Adam Marks combines a commitment to contemporary music with innovative programming designed to reach new audiences of all types. He is a Laureate of the 2008 Orleans Competition for music composed since 1900. A frequent recitalist, Adam has performed extensively throughout the United States, as well as Europe. As a soloist, Adam has appeared with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Brandeis-Wellesley Symphony Orchestra. Other notable venues include Salle Cortot in Paris, Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie, Miller Theatre in New York, Ravinia, Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Montalvo Arts in California, and the New World Symphony Stage. As a teacher, Marks has presented lectures and masterclasses at New Music On The Point, fresh inc festival, Yale, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, NYU, The Colburn School, University of British Columbia, Colorado University at Boulder, University of Northern Iowa, Carthage College, and Manchester College.
Collaboration is a crucial element in Marks’ career. As the pianist and Director of Artistic Programming for Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble, he designed and presented programs for concert stages, cultural institutions, and educational facilities alike. Other endeavors include performances with eighth blackbird, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie, graphic novelist Ezra Claytan Daniels, performance artist Connie Beckley, video artist Jenny Perlin, and many others.
Mr. Marks currently serves on the faculty of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He holds degrees from Brandeis University and the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include Sara Davis Buechner, Anthony De Mare, Donn-Alexandre Feder, Evan Hirsch, and Lois Banke. Adam Marks is on the professional artist roster of both Yamaha pianos and Schoenhut toy pianos.