Abraham Fabella, a California native, has been described as a conservative person with a radical mind. His music is informed by French impressionism, jazz and other musics of the African diaspora, early 20th-century modernism, Latin American art music, and 1950s and 60s exotica and lounge music.
Abe's interest in music began at the age of six when he began piano lessons. As a pianist, he has gone on to win various competitions including the Redlands Bowl and the Vera Yin Sheng Piano Competitions and has performed under the batons of conductors such as Grant Gershon, Jon Robertson, and Ruth Charloff. In 1996, he gave the Chinese premiere of Gershwinís Rhapsody in Blue with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra.
Abraham Fabella received his Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from La Sierra University in Riverside, California where he studied piano with Kimo Smith. He continued his studies at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) where he earned a Master of Arts degree in music. At UCR, he studied piano with Kim Amin, composition with Byron Adams and Ethan Nasreddin-Longo, theory and analysis with Renee Coulombe and musicology with Philip Brett. He earned a Master of Music degree in music composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Conrad Susa.
Mr. Fabella began to compose in 1998 and since then, his music has been performed throughout California by such performers as the Lontano Music Group, the Windsong Southland Chorale, the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble, mezzo-sopranos Marcela Pan and Katharine Daniel, and the Schola Cantorum of San Francisco.
Recent performances include the June 2004 premiere of Project Goldberg, a collaborative project with turntablist, Trey Jackson, the May 2005 premiere of Preludes: Book I by pianist Jennifer Morita, and the March 2005 premiere of his graduate thesis, Quintet for piano and strings in G Major, to much acclaim in Berkeley, CA. His most recent work is a clarinet sonata performed by clarinetist, Robert Zumwalt.
Learn more about Mr. Fabella at www.myspace.com/abrahamfabella and www.abrahamfabella.com. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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