Michael Udow

Fulbright-Hayes Fellow Michael Udow began his formal composition studies with Warren Benson at the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1966. Michael has composed operas, film scores, orchestral and wind ensemble works, as well as numerous chamber music and solo compositions. His distinctive compositional voice eludes categorization. Udow’s rhythmically engaging, complex contrapuntal lines and dense timbres weave effortlessly with memorable melodic lines.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch review by Clarke Bustard of the Richmond Symphony premiere of The Shattered Mirror Suite states:

“It is a suite of symphonic dances, mixing old European modes with complementary non-Western sounds and styles. The suite is straightforwardly melodic and conventionally orchestrated. Udow injects plenty of syncopated rhythm and intricate counterpoint in his wind parts.” The symphony’s music director, George Manahan, for whom Udow has played in the Santa Fe Opera orchestra, gave “The Shattered Mirror” an energetic, well-articulated introduction last night…”

During his undergraduate studies Michael received a BMI Student Composers Prize for his composition, Seven Textural Settings of Japanese Haiku. He was a member of the New Orleans Philharmonic before receiving a Fulbright-Hayes Composition Fellowship to compose in Warsaw, Poland, and then returned to the United States to tour with the historic groundbreaking Blackearth Percussion Group. Receiving the Creative Arts Fellowship at the University of Illinois Michael continued his composition studies. He matriculated with a MM and the first DMA degree in percussion performance from the University of Illinois in 1979.

Late nights during summer months at The Santa Fe Opera and while teaching during the winters, Michael continued to compose throughout his active performing career. The fruits of those labors are now being shared with audiences around the world.

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Featured Works

Apparition — timpani and orchestra or symphonic band
Moon Shadow — percussion and orchestra or symphonic band
Bayou Reflections — orchestra
The Shattered Mirror Suite — orchestra