MUSIC & LITERATURE Magazine: U.S launch with Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, and Peter Breiner

Join us for the U.S. launch of the third issue of Music & Literature, featuring presentations by Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, Peter Breiner, as well as a live performance of three compositions by Vladimír Godár

Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, photographer, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. Born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents and raised in Nigeria, Teju lives in Brooklyn. He is the author of two books, a novella, Every Day is for the Thief, and a novel, Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Internationaler Literaturpreis, and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature.

Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007), and Gods Without Men (2011), as well as a short story collection, Noise (2006). His work has been translated into twenty languages and won him prizes including the Somerset Maugham award, the Betty Trask prize of the Society of Authors and a British Book Award.

Peter Breiner is one of the world's most recorded musicians, with over 180 CDs released and record numbers sold (1.5 million reached by 2008) both as albums or online streams. Known as a conductor, pianist, arranger, and composer, he has conducted, often doubling as a pianist, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, the Hungarian State Radio Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, to mention just a few.

Cellist Colin Stokes has been performing to critical acclaim from a young age. At 17, he was featured on NPR’s Performance Today for his concerts with Yo-Yo Ma at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Hall and Washington DC’s Strathmore Hall. He has collaborated with many other oftoday’s great artists, including Ani Kavafian, James Taylor and Yuri Temirkanov.

Violinist Maria Im began studies at the age nine. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Music program at The Juilliard School where she also received her Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Masao Kawasaki. Ms. Im has performed in venues throughout the metropolitan area with new music ensembles including AXIOM, New Juilliard Ensemble, and the Osso Quartet, presenting both world and U.S. premieres in festivals such as Summergarden at the Museum of Modern Art and FOCUS! Festival at Lincoln Center. An avid lover and supporter of cross-genre music, Maria Im records and performs with musicians in jazz, pop, gospel, and world music. 

Pianist Nathaniel LaNasa has performed at Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance, the Museum of Modern Art, and on live radio for KING-FM and Vermont Public Radio. As part of the 2012 FOCUS! Festival, he joined the New Juilliard Ensemble for John Cage’s Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall.  Nathaniel was featured with Tactus New Music Ensemble in Alban Berg’s Kammerkonzert as piano soloist alongside violinist Joshua Modney; the New York Times praised in particular “the stormy lyricism conjured by pianist Nathaniel LaNasa.” He also collaborated with flutist Joshua Smith and cellist Avery Waite to present George Crumb’s Vox Balanae at the Gamper Festival, which was hailed as a “definitive performance” by the Portland Press Herald. An advocate of new music, he has premiered many works by living composers, including several works for piano solo with orchestra.