Richard Lavenda’s catalog of more than seventy compositions ranges from works for solo flute to an opera, and includes numerous pieces for orchestra and for a wide diversity of chamber ensembles.
Richard Lavenda’s catalog of more than seventy compositions ranges from works for solo flute to an opera, and includes numerous pieces for orchestra and for a wide diversity of chamber ensembles. He has received commissions and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Houston Arts Alliance, the Vaughn Family Foundation, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Da Camera, the Miazawa Flute Company, the National Opera Association, and Jade Presents + The Arts Partnership and the Lake Region Arts Council of Minnesota, among many others. He has been a featured composer on many concert series, festivals, and campuses across the United States, and his music has been performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and in Germany, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Finland, Slovenia, Israel, South Korea, and Australia.
Some of the ensembles that have commissioned, performed, and recorded Lavenda’s music are the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova/Tel Aviv, the Slovak Radio Orchestra, the Diotima, Chiara, Enso, T’Ang, and Sun String Quartets, the Oasis Saxophone Quartet, Project Trio, Deviant Septet, ZAWA!, the Concordia Trio, and the New Israeli Vocal Ensemble. A CD of his chamber music, Chiaroscuro, was released on Ravello Recordings 7881.
Lavenda has degrees from Dartmouth College, Rice University, and the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of the Shepherd School in 1987, where he is now Professor of Composition and Theory and Director of Graduate Studies.