Alan Terricciano

Educated at Yale University and the Eastman School of Music, Alan Terricciano is a Professor of Dance at the University of California, Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts.  Alan served as the Acting Dean for the School from the summer of 2008 to the Spring of 2010, and before that served as chair of the Dance Department from 2001 to 2008 and co-chair of the Music department from 2002 to 2004.  For the past 30 years Mr. Terricciano has been professionally active as both a composer for choreography, and as a pianist with a particular focus on choreographic collaboration.  Mr. Terricciano has received numerous commissions and awards.  He was named Orange County’s 2005 Outstanding Individual Artist of the Year by the organization Arts Orange County.  He is also the 2006-7 recipient of UCI’s Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service.  In 2000, He won the Grand Prize in Quebec’s Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur international competition for original composition for choreography with his work Blue Motions for String Quartet.  Alan proudly served as a member of the Music faculty at the American Dance Festival from 1992 until 2005.

As a composer and pianist Alan has received numerous commissions and performance engagements over the past two decades.  In the summer of 2014, Mr. Terricciano, wrote the incidental music for the New Swan Shakespeare Festival’s production of Twelfth Night.  In April 2011, Northwestern University premiered his Harp Concerto, The Parting Glass, with Erin Ponto-Freund as soloist.  In March of 2009, the Trio Bartok premiered Six Prayers to Saint Anthony in a concert at the Superior School of Music “Manuel Castillo” in Seville, Spain.  Commissioned by the Backhausdance dance company, his Sextet premiered in September 2008 at the Ford Ampitheater for the dance, The Woeful Maladies of Ennui Manor. Through a grant from the American Music Center, Complexions Contemporary Ballet commissioned the score for the ballet Barely Silent, choreographed by Jodie Gates, and premiered with the composer at the piano in January, 2007, at the Joyce Theater in New York City.  Blooming Re-Joyce-ing was commissioned and choreographed by Loretta Livingston and premiered in June, 2006, by Loretta Livingston & Dancers, at the Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles Central Library, Los Angeles, California.  Alan also contributed music to the evening-length work, American Pop, choreographed by David Grenke, that premiered in June, 2006, by the Thingzezise’em dance company, at the Assembly Dance Theater, Taipei, Taiwan.  The electronic score, Running Shards, premiered in April, 2006, by students of the Paris Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Dance, Paris, France as part of a multimedia work featuring choreography by Lisa Naugle, and video design by John Crawford.  In June of 2005 Alan composed and performed the sound score for an evening length installation at the Japan America Theater for the company, Loretta Livingston and Dancers.  In April of 2005, he completed a commission for the Ballet company of the Amsterdam TheaterSchule to choreography by Douglas Becker.  In October, 2003, the Orange Coast Symphony commissioned and premiered the Concerto for Clarinet and Strings.  In November, 2002, Canciones de Fray Serra, for orchestra, premiered with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra (Illinois).  In 1999, Mr. Terricciano performed Frederic Rzewski’s Four North American Ballads in a production of Donald McKayle’s Danger Run, commissioned and performed by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and premiered at City Center in New York City.  Another large-scale work, Night Cafe (after Vincent), a commission from the Yale Concert Band, premiered in November of 1998.  His first orchestral score, A Tale of the Spider, for narrator and orchestra, was performed by the Minnesota Orchestra in November of 1994, and by the Elmhurst Symphony in March of 1996.

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