Short Bio:Spring, 2017

(Reale is pronounced ray-AH-lay.)




Paul Reale was born in New Jersey in 1943 and received his education at Columbia College in English Literature and the hard sciences. Although music was a lifelong study, it was not until 1967 that he received a degree in composition at Columbia under the primary tutelage of Otto Luening and Chou Wen-Chung, with whom he had studied privately for two years prior. A decision to enter college teaching prompted further study at the University of Pennsylvania where he came under the influence of George Rochberg and George Crumb.
Since 2004 he is Professor Emeritus at UCLA in the rich, multicultural environment of Southern California. The composer's catalogue includes eleven piano sonatas, nine concertos for various instruments, including Columbus Concerto for Organ and Winds, which was written for the 500th aniversary of the "discovery of America" (funded by the Ahmanson Foundation) and three piano concertos (funded by the Jerome Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts), two song cycles, and dozens of other vocal and dramatic works. Most recently completed is Simplexity for string quartet: it was a winner in the First Seattle Composers' Alliance String Quartet Competition, October, 2014.

Seven Deadly Sins for violin and piano was written for Jessica Mathaes and was premiered in November of 2010. The piece was released on the Naxos label in May of 2014 as part of Complete Reale Violin Works. In 2017 a CD of cello music, performed by Kim Cook and Chris Guzam will be released on Naxos (8.559820). Seven Deadly Sins, from that album has been selected as a semi-finalist for the American Prize, 2014. Reale was also interviewed (click for the interview) in the May-June issue of Fanfare Magazine: the interview resulted from the release of this recording and deals with novelty vs. originality. Presently, Reale is collaborating with the cellist Kim Cook for a release on Naxos of the complete works for cello. In addition, MSR classics has released a CD of a selection of Reale's two-piano and four-hands music (MSR 1612) in October, 2016 and it just received a feaature review in the May-June 2017 Fanfare Magazine..Also, the Pierrot Ensemble, first-chair players of the Brno Philharmonic will feature Le Bonheur de Vivre in their premiere CD for ABLAZE/Albany.

Sacred Geometry 2 for violin and viola received a "Special Mention for the personal language in balance between tradition and innovation" at the 2005 International EPICMUSIC Composition Competition. Caldera with Ice Cave was singled out for the semi finals of the 2015 American Prize in the orchestra division.

Piano Sonata No. 6, "The Waste Land," had been recently revised received one of the prizes in the New Ariel Music Competition. The piece has been released on a commercial CD under the New Ariel label in 2010 with Jeffrey Jacob as pianist. Jacob plans to record Sonata Piazzollana (Piano Sonata No. 10) in 2016 for the same label. In the spring of 2009, Reale was designated as a Finalist for his Two Madrigals in the 2009 Cincinnati Camerata Choral Composition Contest.

Piano and chamber works are recorded on Cinnabar Records (new release of CD of Concerto "Dies Irae" (available at CD Baby,) Music & Arts CD's (CelloAmerica, TrioAmerica, and 20th Century Piano series) and published by Carl Fischer Inc., Theodore Presser Co., Laurendale Associates, and Yelton Rhodes, which now carries two volumes of Classy Contemporaries and Finger Teasers, solo piano pieces for beginners, using contemporary techniques. He has written both aesthetic and analytical articles on twentieth-century topics from Ives to Boulez (most recently a number have appeared as booklets to accompany CD's). In 1995 he received the Charles and Harriet Luckman Award for Distinguished Teaching.


More information and a complete catalog may be obtained at the Reale-Rydell Website: http://www.minotaurz.com/minotaur.



Paul Reale: March 28, 2017