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Brian Ciach

Brian Ciach
Assistant Professor of Music
Telephone: 270.809.6454
Office:  Price Doyle Fine Arts 

Dr. Ciach's music has been performed across Europe and the United States. Recent premieres of commissioned works include Rorate Caeli (2013) for SATB a cappella chorus, performed in Vienna by Chorus Delicti Wein (Vivian Ip, director) and Kentucky Folk Pieces (2013) for flute and piano performed in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London and the National Concert Hall in Dublin by Linda Chatterton, flute, and Matthew McCright, piano. Chaconne for amplified cello and electronic music (2008) was performed by Roger Lebow at the 2014 Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electroacoustic Music at Pomona College in Claremont, California. In 2012, Dr. Ciach was a participant in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, which led to that orchestra's performance of Collective Uncommon: Seven Orchestral Studies on Medical Oddities. Aaron Jay Kernis, Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Founder and former Artistic Director, has said: “Brian Ciach’s Collective Uncommon was one of the hits of this year’s Future Classics concert with the Minnesota Orchestra. I hear it as a 21st-century take on Sweeney Todd’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Brian’s music is quirky, wry and possessed with both good humor and a gleeful objectivity about the absurd. His work is beautifully scored, always clear and full of arresting sounds and images, held together by intuitive dramatic plans that draw the listener in.” Dr. Ciach was a participant in the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, where Alarm Will Sound premiered The Einstein Slide (2012, an addendum to Collective Uncommon), a piece inspired by a medical slide of Albert Einstein's brain recently acquired by the Mütter Museum. Dr. Ciach’s Second Piano Sonata has received both national and international recognition, winning the 2008 National Federation of Music Clubs Emil and Ruth Beyer Composition Award and the 2011 American Liszt Society’s Bicentennial Composition Competition, leading to a performance of this sonata by Murray State Colleague, Matthew Gianforte, at the American Liszt Society's Bicentennial Conference. Also a composer of electronic music, his work Waterclocks was selected for a performance at the 2009 SEAMUS (Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States) National Conference. Dr. Ciach was the 2012 Subito Music Corporation Inaugural Composer Fellow, which involved practical and valuable composer training with a music publishing company. 

Dedicated to new music, Dr. Ciach has performed as pianist in various concert halls in the US, including Carnegie Hall. He has performed and recorded all of his works for piano, premiered Bells for piano and iPod at Temple University by Paul Geissinger, premiered a piano trio by Maurice Wright, and recorded a CD of new chamber works by Emiliano Pardo-Tristán. Dr. Ciach recently recorded his Third Sonata (2012) with Murray State recording arts colleague, Justin Patton, which will be released in the summer of 2014 (the live recording of his Third Sonata recital at Murray State University can be found here.) Dr. Ciach's Master's Piano Recital at Temple University included a from-memory performance of J.S. Bach's Fifth Partita in G Major, Schoenberg's Suite for Piano, Op. 25, and Richard Wernick's Piano Sonata No. 1, which received the following review: "The composer, who was present and who received a warm ovation at the end of the performance, was astonished to see Ciach come on stage to play his piece without any sign of a score in evidence–"Surely he’s not going to play it from memory!", he exclaimed. That, however, is exactly what Ciach did–triumphantly, for though I have heard the sonata played superbly both by Lambert Orkis (another Temple faculty member), for whom it and Wernick’s recent Second Sonata were written, and by the Australian-born Geoffrey Douglas Madge, I found Ciach’s realization fully worthy to stand on equal terms with those two eminent pianists’ readings" (Jacobson, S&H International). 

At Murray State University, Dr. Ciach enjoys teaching music theory courses (Theory I through IV), Form and Analysis, Counterpoint, Advanced Orchestration and Arranging Techniques, Composition, and Electronic Music.

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