Myron Fink, born in Chicago in 1932, studied at the Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music and at the University of Illinois where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1954 and his Master of Music in 1955. He spent the following year at the Staats-Akademie der Musik in Vienna as the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship. His teachers include Felix Borowski, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bernard Wagenaar, Burrill Phillips and Robert Palmer.
Mr. Fink is active as a composer, pianist, coach-accompanist, teacher and lecturer, currently residing in San Diego, CA. He was on the faculty of Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1966 to 1991. He also taught at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the State University of New York College at Purchase. As a pedagogue his areas of interest are composition, analysis, harmony and counterpoint.
Fink is a prolific composer who has written for voice, piano, organ, orchestra, chamber ensemble and a wide variety of instrumental and choral combinations. His greatest interest is in opera and music for the theater. His incidental music to Brecht?s Caucasian Chalk Circle has been performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and South Africa. JEREMIAH, his first full-length opera, was premiered by Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York in 1962 and was the first opera to receive support from the New York State Council on the Arts. A second production was mounted in 1983 by the same company. The New York Times called it ?one of the best operas written in the United States.? A second opera, JUDITH AND HOLOFERNES was given a concert premiere in 1978. CHINCHILLA, a comic opera was commissioned and premiered by Tri-Cities Opera in 1986. His fourth opera, THE CONQUISTADOR, was commissioned and premiered by San Diego Opera in 1997 with great success.
Other recent works include four Symphonies, a Piano Concerto, a String Quartet, a Rhapsody for Klezmer Ensemble and Orchestra, and SPOON RIVER PORTRAITS, an oratorio for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra based on Masters? Spoon River Anthology. His opera for children ANIMALOPERA, written in 2000 on commission from San Diego Opera is now available on enhanced CD.
In 2003 he completed EDITH WHARTON: A SELF PORTRAIT, an opera based on the life of the famous early 20th century American novelist. In September 2003 it received its first public preview in a recital hosted by San Diego's Lemon Grove Historical Society in which soprano and tenor arias from the opera were performed. A Victoria High Tea at the Horton Grand Hotel in San Diego, California on December 29, 2003 will be the occasion of its next public preview.
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