ROBERT AVALON - composer-pianist
Mr. Avalon was born in San Antonio. His music has been described by San Juan,
Puerto Rico music critic Sylvia Lamoutte as "Brilliant, rhapsodic, solid construction
and dominion of form. There is bravado and passion. The music never stalls - it
flows forever forward." Dallas pianist/music critic Larry Walz wrote of an all-Avalon
concert in Houston: "An accomplished pianist. Avalon's music for this and all
other pieces on the program was expressive, original and acutely imaginative."
Houston Grand Opera music director John DeMain wrote of Avalon's works for voice
and orchestra: "He is a first-class composer possessing an uncommon lyric gift
as well as having a real command of orchestral textures." San Antonio music critic
Diane Windeler wrote in the San Antonio Light: "...a compelling sense of logic
and momentum...vividly contrasting dynamic...tension builds inexorably to fierce
climaxes...a gift for melodic line and a secure approach to structure and development."
In 1997, Houston Chronicle music critic Charles Ward wrote: "soaring melodies...the
music made a big emotional impact...a gift for broad, compelling melodies and
building the tension of a movement to a resounding peak...fresh, innocent exuberance."
Mr. Avalon has composed works in most forms including song, solo piano, chamber
ensemble, choral, orchestral and opera. He has been the recipient of many awards
and commissions and has performed large segments of the piano repertoire including
the entire Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach and cycles of chamber music with piano
including the complete Beethoven Piano Trios and the complete Brahms chamber music
for piano and strings.