Michael Udow: Having retired after a distinguished career at The Santa Fe Opera (Principal Percussion 1968 — 2009) and the University of Michigan (1982 — 2011 Emeritus Professor), Michael now devotes his full-time energies towards composing while continuing to provide short term composition and percussion residencies at conservatories and universities around the world. His inspiring composition teachers included Warren Benson, Herbert Brün, Edwin London, Thomas Fredrickson, Paul Steg, Wlodzimierz Kotoński and he credits Salvatore Martirano, Ben Johnston, Gordon Binkerd, Morgan Powell, and Neely Bruce for their informative contributions. Michael’s exceptional percussion education began with Doc Meyer and continued with Bob Lee, F. Michael Combs, Jack McKenzie, Frederick Fairchild, Russell Hartenberger Michael Ranta, Alan Abel, and his BM, MM & DMA professor, Thomas Siwe. 2014-15 Composer-in-Residence with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Michael has composed operas, film scores, orchestral and wind ensemble works as well as numerous chamber music and solo compositions. His distinctive compositional voice eludes categorization. Quite often, his rhythmically engaging complex contrapuntal lines with dense timbres weave effortlessly with memorable melodic lines. His 2020 Film, "Echoes of the Past," has received international Awards and Laurels from major film festivals. Michael's works have been recorded by the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Larry Rachleff, cond.; Boulder Philharmonic, Michael Butterman, cond.; Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Blomster, cond.; Madison Philharmonia, Scott Teeple, cond. His concertos for Timpani "Apparition" and percussion "Moon Shadows" were premiered in their wind ensemble versions by Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble.
Member since May 02, 2021
Has Studied Instrument For:
J. S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen, Toru Takemitsu
Favorite Piece of Music:
Thomas Siwe, Alan Abel, Jack McKenzie, Russell Hartenberger, Michael Ranta