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Michael Deak

Location: Washington, USA
I, Michael Deák, was born in los Angeles, California, 10/10/1942. I attended Pasadena Schools--including Pasadena City College--after which I studied at USC under Robert Rodriguez, Ellis Kohs and, for a semester of individual instruction with, Morten Lauridsen. Subsequent to USC, I worked professionally as a jazz pianist (a la Bill Evans-Keith Jarrett), an activity I still pursue to this day. I have composed jazz material as well as classical, but I have had more exposure as a composer of classical (contemplative) music. I won the AGO Western Regional anthem competition in 1987 with my "Come, Holy Spirit"--the prize being publication of the work. I am proud of the fact that, unlike many winning published works that stay in the catalogue, my piece has been available for 24 years.
In 1990, I won the Pacific Composers Forum (in L.A.) with my piano sonata ""Contrasts". The prize was a world premier at the Gene Autry Concert Hall in L.A.; the pianist was the brilliant Zita Carno, former keyboardist with the L.A. Phil. Recordings of my work include, "Deak: Music For Piano" available on iTunes and through other distributors, and "Introspections" for two classical guitars--a 3 movement work on the CD, "Kaleidoscope", featuring works for two classical guitars, produced on Cambria Records. There was a broadcast of my "Three Intimate Elegies and Fugue" for solo piano on KUSC-FM in 1995 where I was given a half hour of broadcast time--unheard of for an unknown composer. 
Presently, I am completeing another choral work, as well as trying to stir up some interest in my
major choral piece for SATB and organ, "Glory to God", A Soundscape. This piece is quite difficult, so I imagine I won't hear it in my lifetime, although the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University thinks it's doable. I continue to write and perform at the present, and I look forward to hearing from fellow composers here on ChoralNet.

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