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Composer Bios

ATTENTION: Due to Dr. Hall's busy schedule, he is no longer publishing works by other composers. Thus, the composers listed below (whose works have been accepted for publication) should have their works published as soon as Dr. Hall is able to find more time for publishing and/or attains help from professional musicians who are experts using Sibelius music writing software. 

  1. Cory Hall
  2. Norman Henry Mamey
  3. Philip Kim
  4. Vernon Taranto Jr.
  5. Jeremiah Bornfield
  6. Tiago Videira

 

Cory Hall, founder and president of BachScholar®, is primarily and pianist and teacher with a special gift for composing sacred and secular character works and exciting ragtime arrangements. His piano transcription of Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, for organ has been BachScholar's #1 best-selling title for two years in a row! Drawing upon his experience as a classical and ragtime pianist, church organist, born-again Christian, as well as interests in popular, rock and folk music, Hall has grafted a truly unique, innovative, and eclectic musical style all his own. His works, often described as "timeless," are distinguished by simple and folksy melodiousness, touching lyricism, and alluring harmonies layered over rich, orchestral-like textures. Moreover, rhythm in all its aspects plays a major role in Hall's works as syncopation, changing meters, and metric modulation feature prominently. Hall's experience of over 40 years as a pianist and his intimate knowledge of the piano and its capabilities have imbued him with the ability to compose some of the most "performer-friendly," idiomatic, and profoundly rich piano music on the market today. CLICK HERE to browse or purchase Cory Hall's compositions.

 

Norman Henry Mamey (1948-2015) was a GRAMMY award-winning concert jazz pianist, conductor, and educator. (We are deeply saddened to here about Norman's passing in January, 2015.) Norman's biography and accolades are so extensive that it is best if you visit his website for his complete biography. We are honored and privileged to have custom and engraved and published Mr. Mamey's A Jazz Pianist's Christmas, which was for the second year in a row BachScholar's #2 top best-selling title! We are currently working on eight more of Norman's jazz piano pieces to be published posthumously. CLICK HERE to browse or purchase Mr. Mamey's compositions. Below is a delightful and masterful improvisation Norman played in his last few weeks of life, which incorporates Claire de LuneMoon River, and other works!

 

Philip Kim is a Korean-born pianist, piano teacher, and composer/arranger educated in the U.S. (Master of Music from San Jose State University) who resides in Japan. We are honored and privileged to be custom engraving and publishing several of Mr. Kim's exquisite and exciting arrangements of traditional church hymns for advanced pianists!    

 

Vernon Taranto, Jr. has been composing music for forty-five years and has written in every genre and for virtually every combination of instruments and/or voices in a wide variety of eclectic styles, but generally in an idiom which has been called "lyric atonality." His first piece of published music appeared in 1970, when he was twenty-three. His first symphony, commissioned by the Georgetown Symphony Orchestra, was premiered when he was twenty-five, though his first orchestral piece, Soliloquy for Orchestra, was presented in 1966 by The New Orleans Philharmonic, Werner Torkanowsky, conductor.

Vernon received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1983 from Louisiana State University where he studied composition with Kenneth Klaus, James Drew, and Dinos Constantinides. A tour of duty with the United States Air Force Band (1969–75) brought his compositions to national and international exposure beginning with the premiere, on the US Capitol Steps (Washington, DC), of his Fantasie On an American Folk Song.

Since then, Dr. Taranto has taught music theory and composition at Louisiana State University, Nicholls State University, and St. Petersburg College, where he is currently on faculty, and Director of Choral Activities. His music is widely published and performed and appears in recorded form on at least eight compact discs by various artists.

His professional career includes (besides the five years with the Air Force) nine performance tours of Japan (with his wife-singer, Mary Ann) and two presentations of his original compositions at Carnegie Hall, New York City. Locally, Vernon's music has been performed by The Florida Orchestra and The Tampa Bay Symphony.

We are honored and privileged to be custom engraving and publishing an outstanding piano work by Dr. Taranto, Five Vignettes, which professional pianists, piano students, and teachers will enjoy and cherish for years to come!

 

Jeremiah Bornfield, performer-performer-curator, has had his works widely performed in New York City and internationally at venues such as Lincoln Center, National Theater & Concert Hall - Taipei, SVA Theater, Roulette, Beijing Central Conservatory, Galapagos Art Space, Samuel Dorsky Museum, The Flea Theater, Barge Music, and Tenri Cultural Institute. Mr. Bornfield has composed symphonic, operatic, electronic, chamber, solo and combinations of works for a variety of young and leading musicians. Recent and current project collaborations and commissions have included such talents as the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Mary Rowell (Ethel Quartet), Alexander Gilman, Shang Dong Chinese Orchestra, Nouveau Classical Project, Gregg Smith Singers, Metropolis Opera Project, Hunter College Opera, Poetic Theater Company, Lech Antonio Uszynski, Helix Trio and pianists Cory Hall, Geoffrey Burleson, Helen Lin, Annie Zhou and Lloyd Arriola. Mr. Bornfield is currently composer in residence at CICA Summer Music Festival.  CLICK HERE to visit his website.

We are honored and privileged to be custom engraving and publishing two outstanding works by Mr. Bornfield, 9 Inventions after J.S. Bach and A New Fugue for Glenn Gould, both of which professional pianists and piano students will enjoy and cherish for years to come!

 

Tiago Videira is a Portuguese composer who excels in music and literature. Mr. Videira has composed dozens of musical works ranging from film and animation scores to solo piano works, electroacoustic-ambient works for small ensembles, pop and intervention songs, as well as marches or Portuguese "fados". Mr. Videira's main influences are the musical impressionists (e.g., Satie, Debussy, Mompou), the great film composers (e.g., Danny Elfman, John Williams), as well as traditional Portuguese songs and folk music. He strives to compose beautiful melodies and create exotic sound experiences for performers and listeners. Tiago Videira is currently a Ph.D. research fellow in Digital Media at the University of Texas, Austin and holds Masters Degrees in Philosophy (Aesthetics) and Historical Musicology.

We are honored and privileged to be custom engraving and publishing Mr. Videira's beautiful, impressionist-style 12 Evocations for Piano, which will enchant and inspire pianists of all backgrounds!