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An intimate exploration of the composer's musical personality.

Paul Seiko Chihara was born in Seattle, Washington and received his DMA from Cornell University in 1965 as a student of Robert Palmer. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, Ernst Pepping in Berlin and Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood. With Toru Takemitsu, Chihara was composer-in-residence at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont in 1971, and was the first composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Neville Marriner, conductor). He is currently on the music faculty of UCLA. Chihara's prize-winning concert works have been performed in most major cities and arts centers in the United States and Europe. Perhaps due to the extraordinary color sensitivity of his music, he has had an illustrious parallel career composing for stage, TV and film. He has composed the scores for over 90 motion pictures and television series including the film Prince of the City and the television series China Beach. He has also worked on Broadway, serving as music consultant and orchestrator for Duke Ellington's hit musical Sophisticated Ladies, and as composer for Shogun the Musical. He was composer-in-residence with the San Francisco Ballet from 1973-1986. While there, he composed many trailblazing works, including the first full-length American ballet The Tempest.
Paul Chihara, composer
Carol Wicenc, Alexandra Sopp, flutists

Paul Chihara, composer
Piano Trio
The Mirecourt Trio

Paul Chihara, composer
String Trio
The Jade String Trio

Paul Chihara, composer
Ceremony I
Members of the London Symphony Orchestra, Neville Marriner, conductor

Paul Chihara, composer
The Mirecourt Trio

Paul Chihara, composer
Golden Slumbers
Geraldine Walther, viola, San Francisco Chamber Singers, Robert Geary, conductor

" not afraid to break the mold and is always musical. Try it!" (American Record Guide)
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