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Aleck Karis

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Aleck Karis is an extremely regarded American pianist, especially popular for his function in modern American music. He acquired his bachelor’s level through the Manhattan College of Music and his experts through the Juilliard College in NY, and shows piano in the College or university of California NORTH PARK. He lists his primary educators as Artur Balsam, Beveridge Webster, and William Daghlian. Although his repertory stretches on the three generations of piano music, he’s most widely known for his are pianist for such organizations as Speculum Musicae, the Modern GROUP, the League-ISCM Chamber Players, and SONOR. With one of these along with other modern-oriented organizations he offers performed in such functions as Sollberger’s Angel and Music; Mamlock’s Panta Rhei for piano trio; David Rakowski’s Imaginary Dances; Wuorinen’s Percussion Symphony; Babbitt’s Arie da Capo and Groupwise; Crumb’s Tracks, Drones, and Refrains of Loss of life; Lalo Schifrin’s The Nick of your time; Jacob Druckman’s Nor Spell nor Appeal; William Kraft’s Gallery 83; Wolpe’s Oboe Quartet and Quintet with Tone of voice; Rand Steiger’s Two times Concerto for piano and percussion; Poul Ruders’ The Veils and Karl Aage Rasmussen’s Motions on a Shifting Line. Karis offers documented for Deutsche Grammophon, Composers Recordings Inc., Bridge Information, Centaur, non-esuch, and Koch International. As an accompanist his credits are the full vocal music of Eliot Carter for the Bridge label, Laura Clayton’s Cree Tracks, and Tobias Picker’s Love for violin and piano. His single piano recordings consist of an unusually designed launch on Bridge offering music of Frédéric Chopin, Elliott Carter, and Robert Schumann, Roger Reynold’s Variants for single piano, a couple of Mozart sonatas on Bridge, Eleanor Cory’s Apertures, and the entire piano music (1911 – 1942) of Igor Stravinsky. He offers performed in collaboration with the brand new York’s Y Chamber Symphony, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, as well as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, along with several main symphony orchestras from the U.S. He provides received a single recitalist’s fellowship in the Country wide Endowment for the Arts and two Fromm Base grants “in identification of his dedication to music in our time.”

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Full Name Aleck Karis
Nationality American
Music Songs Patterns in a Chromatic Field, Metamorphosis Four, Modern Love Waltz, Metamorphosis Two, Metamorphosis One, Wichita Vortex Sutra, Metamorphosis Five, Metamorphosis Three, Mad Rush, Form IV - Broken Sequences, Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: VI. Sonata No. 5, Variations, op. 27: III. Ruhig fliessend, Synchronisms No. 6 for Piano and Tape, Three Easy Pieces for Piano Duet: III. Polka, Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: I. Sonata No. 1, Serenade in A: III. Rondoletto, Serenade in A: I. Hymne, Five Easy Pieces for Piano Duet: II. Espanola, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Carnaval, Op. 9, Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: V. Interlude No. 1, Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: II. Sonata No. 2, Chacona, Sonata for Piano No. 8 in A Minor, K. 310: I. Allegro Maestoso, The Five Fingers: VI. Lento, I. Early Morning Music, Night Fantasies, Sonata for Piano No. 8 in A Minor, K. 310: II. Andante cantabile con espressione, Sonata - 1924: I. Quarter note = 112, Sonata for Piano No. 8 in A Minor, K. 310: III. Presto, Sonata for Piano No. 12 in F Major, K. 332: I. llegro, Sonata for Piano No. 12 in F Major, K. 332: III. Allegro Assai
Albums Piano Music of Philip Glass, Aleck Karis in Concert, Drawn from Life - Music of Allen Anderson, Secret Geometry, John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, Karis Plays Webern, Wolpe & Feldman, Late Piano Music Of Frederic Chopin, Francis Poulenc: Music for Piano (1918-1959), Stravinsky: Music for Piano (1911-1942), Aleck Karis: Mozart Recital, The Music of Mario Davidovsky, Vol. 3, Roger Reynolds, Sonatas and Interludes (prepared piano: Aleck Karis), James Primosch: Icons


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Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
You Get Me 2017 music editor completed
The Brits Are Coming 2017 music editor post-production
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 supervising score editor
In the Dark 2014/XI Documentary musician: cello / score co-producer
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 supervising score editor
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 supervising score editor
Hugo 2011 supervising score editor
A Dangerous Method 2011 supervising score music editor - uncredited
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 score editor
Edge of Darkness 2010 score editor
30 Rock TV Series score mixer - 2 episodes, 2009 score editor & mixer - 2 episodes, 2009
P.O.V. TV Series documentary music editor - 1 episode, 2009 music mixer - 1 episode, 2009 score recordist - 1 episode, 2009
The Betrayal - Nerakhoon 2008 Documentary music editor / score recordist
Dan in Real Life 2007 audio processing - uncredited
Before the Rains 2007 score consultant
The Last Mimzy 2007 score editor
The Departed 2006 scoring supervisor
A History of Violence 2005 score editor
The Roost 2005 music producer
The Aviator 2004 score editor
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 music editor
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 music editor - as Jonathan Schulz

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Golden Reel Award Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA Best Sound Editing - Music in a Feature Film Hugo (2011) · Jennifer L. Dunnington (supervising music editor)
· Robert Houston (music editor)
· Kirsty Whalley (score editor)
· Tim Starnes (additional editor)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Golden Reel Award Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA Best Sound Editing - Music in a Feature Film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) · Mark Willsher (supervising music editor)
· Steve Gallagher (music editor)
· Nigel Scott (music editor)
· Kirsty Whalley (music editor)
2013 Golden Reel Award Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA Best Sound Editing - Music in a Feature Film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) · Jennifer L. Dunnington (supervising music editor)
· Michael Pärt (music editor)
· Mark Willsher (music editor)
· Steve Gallagher (music editor, temp music editor)
· Nigel Scott (music editor)
· James Sizemore (additional music editor)
· Kirsty Whalley (scoring music editor)
· Robert Houston (scoring music editor)
· Yann McCullough (scoring music editor)
2011 IFMCA Award International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) Best Archival Re-Recording of an Existing Score The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Howard Shore (music, liner notes, and album produced by)
· Ludwig Wicki (conducted and liner notes by)
· Alan Frey (album art direction by)
2009 IFMCA Award International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) Best Film Music Compilation Album or Box Set · Howard Shore (music by)
2004 Golden Reel Award Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA Best Sound Editing in a Feature - Music - Feature Film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) · Andrew Dudman (music editor)
· Steve Price (music editor)
· Michael Price (music editor)
· Malcolm Fife (music editor)
· Nigel Scott (music editor)
· Rebecca Gatrell (music editor)
2003 Golden Reel Award Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA Best Sound Editing in a Feature - Music - Feature Film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Michael Price (music editor)
· Andrew Dudman (music editor)
· Steve Price (music editor)
· Mark Willsher (music editor)
· Malcolm Fife (music editor)
· Nigel Scott (music editor)
· Rebecca Gatrell (music editor)
· Raphaël Mouterde (music editor)


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