JUDITH LANG ZAIMONT
Judith Lang Zaimont's music, performed world-wide, is distinguished by its spirit of rhapsody featuring sudden shifts in texture, instrumental coloring and atmosphere, and is acclaimed for its dynamism and emotion. Her 128 works include many prize-winning pieces in every genre, including Guggenheim Fellowship, Aaron Copland Award, The American Prize (for her string quartet 'The Figure'), and awards from both National Endowments. Her output includes six symphonies, music for wind ensemble, chorus and solo voice, plus a wide variety of solo and chamber music.
Orchestras programming her music include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore and Mississippi symphonies, Berlin and Czech Radio symphonies, Camerata Bern, the Janacek Philharmonic, etc. Recent all-Zaimont recordings include: upcoming 2019 MSR Classics disc devoted to her chamber music for strings; 2 Naxos CDs of orchestra music; 2 chamber music albums in 2018; in 2012 a piano solo CD (Naxos); in 2012 an MSR 2-disc set surveying her solo piano music; in 2016 the Janacek Philharmonic's - PURE, COOL (Water) - Symphony No. 4; plus a disc of her contemporary ragtime by the American Ragtime Ensemble.
2019 works include Symphony of Seasons for Orchestral Strings - Symphony No. 6, and Tendrils for flute, clarinet and vibraphone. Recent commissions include the required work for 2017 American Pianists Association competition, Mondale Cycle for dramatic tenor and chamber orchestra (2015), Symphony No. 4; a work for Camerata Bern to honor its 50th anniversary; Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra ‘Solar Traveler’, etc. Her works are on repertoire lists for major international performance competitions (Cliburn ’01, Kapell ’12), and two are on Century Lists: Doubles (oboe and piano; Chamber Music America), and Sonata (Piano & Keyboard).
A notable pianist from childhood, Zaimont is also a distinguished educator with professor appointments over 36 years at US universities. Zaimont is equally skilled as writer, creating and editing the book series The Musical Woman: An International Perspective; her “Embracing New Music” article (American Music Teacher) was named 2009 Article of the Year by MTNA. Principal publishers include Subito Music, Galaxy/ ECS, and Jeanné.