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Atlanta Chamber Players

The Atlanta Chamber Players, a mixed ensemble of strings, winds & piano, were founded in 1976 and are considered a pioneer among national chamber ensembles. ACP has premiered more than 125 works to Atlanta audiences, including commissions by John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi, Anne LeBaron and Jonathan Kramer. The group has performed in more than 250 cities in the US, Europe and Mexico and has five CD recordings in its discography.



Southeastern Rapido! Semi-Finals

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015, 7:30 pm

New American Shakespeare Tavern
Atlanta, GA

Southeast Winner: Peter Van Zandt Lane!



Eric Benaim, Aventura, FL

Eric Benaim (b. 1990) is a composer born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from Florida International University. Eric began piano and solfege lessons at the age of four, followed by drum set and guitar lessons by the age of nine and twelve respectively. At the age of twelve, Eric started receiving music theory and guitar lessons for several years before finishing his high school studies. After moving to the United States, Eric began his Bachelor Degree in Music Composition under the teachings of Dr. Orlando Garcia. During this period, he won several awards and prizes including a first place in Klezmer Company Orchestra's 2014 Composition Competition for writing a Latin/Jazz tune that featured several Jewish folk tunes. He also obtained a second place in their 2015 Composition Competition by writing a Fugue based on a Jewish folk tune arranged in a Jazz style for a Big Band ensemble. Eric Benaim enjoys writing in a wide variety of styles. His career goal is to become composer for Motion Pictures and Video Games.

Nickitas Demos, Atlanta, GA

Nickitas Demos (b. 1962) holds a DMA in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Donald Erb (1927-2008). His commissions include works for the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Georgia Music Teachers Association and the National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a MacDowell Fellowship (2012), Grand Prize: 2004 Millennium Arts International Competition for Composers, Grand Prize: 2005 Holyoke Civic Symphony Composition Competition and 17 ASCAP Awards among others. His music is self-published through Sylvan Lake Press (ASCAP) and recorded on Ablaze Records, Albany Records, Capstone Records and MSR Classics. Professor of Music Composition and Coordinator of Composition Studies at the Georgia State University School of Music, Demos is the Artistic Director of the neoPhonia New Music Ensemble and serves on the Board of Directors for the MacDowell Colony. For more information, please visit: nickitasdemos.com.

Peter Van Zandt Lane, Athens, GA

Peter Van Zandt Lane (b. 1985) is an American composer of instrumental and electroacoustic music. His his music has been hailed was a New York Times Critic's Pick, praised as "refreshingly relevant." (The New York Times). Peter has received fellowships from Composers Now, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and has received commissions from the Barlow Endowment, Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony, Emory Wind Ensemble, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and Dinosaur Annex, among others. His music has been played by top-tier ensembles such as the Cleveland Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, the New York Virtuoso Singers, and the Lydian String Quartet. Peter holds degrees from Brandeis University and the University of Miami, and is currently Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Dancz Center for New Music at the University of Georgia.

Ensembles Atlanta Symphony Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Voices of Change Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings Boston Musica Viva Atlanta Chamber Players