Rapido Composition Contest

West Coast Region

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Photograph by Lydia Chen

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

San Francisco based Left Coast Chamber Ensemble is the Bay Area’s most versatile, dynamic and imaginative performer-run new music group. Now in its 21st season, the twelve member ensemble commissions new works by underrepresented, emerging and established composers, and performs new music alongside masterworks from the standard repertoire. By embracing both musics, LCCE enriches the audience’s experience and proves, "that intelligent music-making is, indeed, timeless." - The Financial Times




Left Coast at the Festival of New American Music

Monday, Nov 9, 2015, 8:00 pm

California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

West Coast Winner: Kenneth Lim!



Roman Baranskiy, San Francisco, CA

Roman Baranskiy was born in Kamenets-Podolskiy, Ukraine, in 1986. He received his first musical education at a local music school. In 2002, he moved to Fresno, California. There, he continued his education as a full-time pianist and part-time composer, receiving a 2-year degree in Piano Performance from Fresno City College. He then moved to San Francisco in 2012. Currently, he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studies with composer David Garner.



Leslie Hogan, Santa Barbara, CA

Composer Leslie A. Hogan received her principal composition training at the University of Kansas and the University of Michigan. Her music often manifests her longtime fascination with other art forms and with the potential of music to reflect or respond to visual stimuli from the natural world. Some of those works are Praise (1992), an orchestral work based on some poetry of Robert Hass, Flight (1997), Sonata for alto saxophone and piano: 'Thoughts that fit like air' (2000), Questions of Travel (2003), a setting of the Elizabeth Bishop poem for mezzo-soprano and large chamber ensemble, and Graffiti, (2008) for mixed chamber ensemble. Several recent works, including Life Studies, for large mixed ensemble (2011) and Image as Music, for solo piano (2013) are additionally a direct outgrowth of her explorations of the intersection of art-making and psychoanalysis. Those explorations began in 2004, with a commission to write the score for Carol Press's Holocaust inspired dance piece, Splinter of Hope, and eventually led to participation on multidisciplinary panel presentations on aesthetic gesture at psychoanalytical conferences in Santa Fe, Marina Del Rey, California, Mexico City, and at the Spoleto Festival, Spoleto, Italy. She has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Charles Ives Fellowship, 2002; Charles Ives Scholarship, 1993), the American Music Center, ASCAP, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among others.

Dr. Hogan has taught composition in the College of Creative Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara since 1995.

Kenneth Lim, Los Angeles, CA

Born in Indiana, Kenneth started lessons in violin at an early age, soon after followed by the piano. He studied math as an undergraduate, and linguistics at the graduate level. He currently studies composition at UCLA. His music has been performed by Ensemble Aventure and Viccenium Void, among others. Kenneth is also an accomplished jazz pianist.

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