Brett Abigaña

Brett Abigaña’s music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe, including performances on Dutch Public Radio, and his music has been commissioned and performed by numerous performers including violist David Samuel, violinist Carla Leurs, flutist Hilary Abigana, The Destino Winds, ALEA III, The Afiara String Quartet, The Webster Trio, The United States Naval Academy Band, and The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus. He has written a wide variety of music including chamber music for strings and winds, song cycles, and numerous pieces for orchestra and symphonic band, including several concertos. He has gained a reputation for writing expressive, triadic music, and is much in demand as a guest lecturer, clinician, and conductor.

Mr. Abigaña completed his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School where he studied with Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser, and received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University where he studied with Samuel Headrick and Richard Cornell. Other studies include composition, harmony, and counterpoint with Narcis Bonet, Michel Merlet, and Philip Lasser at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, as well as conducting with Judith Clurman, and ear training with Mary Anthony Cox.

In 2009, Mr. Abigaña was commissioned for two pieces by the United States Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, MD. After delivery of the works, Mr. Abigaña was invited to participate in their annual “Meet the Composer” concert, in which he conducted the premieres of the two pieces, Sketches on Paintings no. 2 and Chorale and Blaspheme. Subsequent to that performance, he conducted the US Naval Academy Band again in an encore performance of both pieces at the Maryland Music Educators Association Conference in Baltimore, MD.

Mr. Abigaña’s latest project is his Symphony no. 1 - Omnes Gentes which was commissioned by the United States Naval Academy Band in 2009 to commemorate the restoration and reopening of the United States Naval Academy Chapel. This work is written for band, antiphonal trumpets, soprano soloist, chorus, and organ, and will be premiered in 2010 by the United States Navy Band under the direction of CAPT Brian Walden in Washington, D.C. A portion of the work entitled Motet was performed at the reopening ceremony of the US Naval Academy Chapel in October of 2009.

Mr. Abigaña recently had the honor of having one of his works for band, Petite Overture, named one of the top 11 pieces of 2009 by British conductor, educator, and wind band authority Tim Reynish, after it was premiered at the 2009 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Convention in Cincinnati, OH.

Mr. Abigaña is currently on faculty at Boston University Academy. 

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