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John Altieri: Bio

(born Bronx, New York U.S.A)

Hailed by Broadway World as graceful, sensual, and modern", and Prescott News as a "cross between sonorous classicism and adventurous groove and squawk," Altieri's music has been performed by the Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the California EAR Unit, NOW Ensemble, the Prism Brass Quintet, the Y Trio, the Penfield Commissioning Project, and other musicians and soloists at festivals and venues such as Tanglewood, Aspen, Bowdoin, Bang On A Can at MASS MOCA, S.W.Tuba Conference, Eastman, Mannes, Oberlin, U of Maryland, U of Arizona, HERE Art Center, Loyola University, and the Brooklyn Conservatory to name a few. His 30 minute modern dance work, "My Words Turn to Song in Your Fists", has been produced on two different occasions resulting in sold out runs in New York at the Here Art Center as part of their American Living Room Festival in 2005, and at the Marroney Theatre in Tucson, Arizona in 2002. His orchestration of Carter Little's film score for "The Living Wake" which had its five star premiere at the Cinevegas Film Festival in 2007 was praised by "Variety" magazine, calling the score "ideally captive of the eccentricity." He has twice been featured as an emerging composer with the California EAR Unit's Circuit Breakers Concerts in 2002 and 2005. Twice a finalist of ASCAP Composer Awards, John's work has been spotlighted on NY radio as part of the Brooklyn Composers Collective" concert held at the Brooklyn Conservatory while his other film scoring for short films "Almost Home" by John Rubin and "Love is Hell" by Dave Dormon have appeared at festivals across the U.S. and abroad.
The NY Times recently photographed him as conductor of Missy Mazzoli's new scores for Alice Guy Blache's turn of last century's silent films, claiming the scores to be "engagingly idiosyncratic." He appears as conductor of Josh Sitron's score for FOX TV's new series "Allen Gregory" as well as on William Brittelle's "Mohair Time Warp" recorded for the New Amsterdam Records Label. He has conducted the Bolling Air Force Band as an audition finalist in addition to the California EAR Unit, Bang On A Can MassMoca Ensemble, University of Rochester Wind Ensemble, and chamber and orchestral works at Eastman School of Music, Aspen Festival, Bowdoin Festival, HERE Art Center, University of Arizona, BAM Cafe, Issue Project Room, Tonic, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, and the Renee Weiler Concert Hall among others.
As tuba player, John received a coveted Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music for his adventurous and virtuosic solo tuba performances and has since gone on to perform with David Byrne, St. Vincent,Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Red Baraat, Foster the People, Alarm Will Sound, Brandt Brauer Frick, Rubblebucket, Slavic Soul Party, Brooklyn Brass, Huis Ten-Bosch Quintet (Nagasaki, Japan), Bang On A Can Marathon and Mass Moca, and carries the honor of being the first ever tuba soloist at the Bowdoin Festival in summer 2002 since its inception in 1975.
As teacher, John has taught at Hunter College, University of Arizona, Mannes Prep, Juilliard Prep, Williamsville East H.S., French Road E.S., Tucson Unified School District, Brooklyn Steppers, Meyer Levin School of Performing Arts, and the Academy for College Prep/ Erasmus High School.
John was also the American Composers Orchestra Director of Education for the 07-08 season. He holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and an M.M. from the University of Arizona. He has studied composition with Sydney Hodkinson, Samuel Adler, Dan Asia, and Dan Coleman; conducting studies with Brad Lubman, and tuba with Don Harry and Cherry Beauregard.