Albert Glinsky

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Albert Glinsky

Albert Glinsky (Ph.D. Music Composition 1992) has received performances of his music in such settings as Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the Aspen Music Festival, Wolff Trapp, and throughout Europe and the Far East. His music has been performed by such diverse groups as  the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Joffrey II Company, the Boys Choir of Harlem, Les Grandes Balletes Canadiennes, the Cavani Quartet, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Relache, and numerous others. Among his many honors are awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Smithsonian Institution, the Jerome Foundation, the New York and Pennsylvania State Councils on the Arts, and the Astral Foundation.  His music is recorded on the BMG Catalyst, Centaur, RCA Red Seal, Koch International Classics, and Leonore labels, and is published by C.F. Peters, E. C. Schirmer, Hinshaw Press, and MusiShare,  Recent works include his Allegheny Quartet, commissioned for the Biava Quartet by the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society in honor of the 250th anniversary of the city of Pittsburgh, and Sun Chanter, commissioned by the Erie Philharmonic in commemoration of the orchestra's 100th anniversary, scheduled to be premiered on November 9, 2013.

Albert Glinsky is the author of Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage, published by the University of Illinois Press, with a foreword by Robert Moog, which received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award in 2001 and garnered worldwide press acclaim. In connection with Theremin, Glinsky has appeared on the Discovery Channel, the A&E Network, various National Public Radio programs, and on Canada's CBC network and England's BBC Radio.  Recently he was featured on episodes of the PBS show History Detectives and the Science Channel show Dark Matters. Currently he is at work on the authorized biography of synthesizer pioneer, Bob Moog. Glinsky appeared on CBS Sunday Morning on October 29, 2013, as part of an exposé on Theremin and Moog (both the men and their iconic electronic instruments). Reflecting Glinsky's research and publications, the show highlighted the breadth of musical and cultural impact that both men exerted.

Glinsky has served on the faculty of Montclair State University, and was BMI Composer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. Currently he is a research fellow and Professor of Music at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania.

Albert Glinsky studied composition principally with Joan Tower and David Diamond, and prior to receiving his Ph.D. from NYU Steinhardt, he earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School.