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Joseph Turrin (*1947)
Joseph Turrin’s multifaceted career encompasses an amazingly wide range of musical talents. As composer, he has been recognized with major commissions and performances from the New York Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Academy Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Atlantic Brass Quintet, US Army Band, North American Brass Band Association, New Jersey Chamber Music Society, Meet the Composer and the Little Orchestra Society of New York.
Soloist’s and conductors who have performed his works include: Eric Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, Hugh Wolff, Philipp Smith, Wynton Marsalis, Harvey Philips, Joseph Alessi, Lew Soloff, Carol Wincenc and others.
Besides his large contribution to symphonic and chamber music he has composed works for the musical theater, opera, choral, solo instrumental, vocal solo, wind symphony, brass band, narrator and orchestra, and film.
He received his formal education at the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He has received awards and grants from the United Nations (for his contributions in the arts), ASCAP, American Music Center and the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. In film, he has gained success as composer and orchestrator for such films as: A New Life, Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Tough Guys don’t Dance, Weeds and Kingdom of Shadows. In 1986 he was commissioned to write an original score for the restoration of the silent film classic Sadie Thompson.
He also did the Orchestration for the 1992 Olympic Fanfare for the summer Olympic ceremonies in Barcelona, Spain. His works are recorded on Teldec, Cala, Crystal, DeHaske, Josara and EMI labels.