An internationally recognized musician and composer, Dr. José Beviá, professor of music at County College of Morris (CCM), has gained yet another new audience for his orchestral composition, Noit-Alimissa. Following a successful premiere in New York City this past spring, Noit-Alimissa now has been selected by the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra for its Music Contemporary 2014 program.
Founded in 2013, the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra in Australia is dedicated to promoting and exploring new music by contemporary composers.
Noit-Alimissa was commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra Jazz Composers Institute and first performed in early June by the American Composers Orchestra at Miller Theatre (Columbia University) in NYC, with Oliver Hagen conducting. Noit-Alimissa (Assimilation) combines the influences of post Second World War contemporary classical music with contemporary jazz to create an organic musical entity.
An award-winning composer, Beviá has had his compositions and arrangements performed by a variety of orchestras and musical artists, including the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the Marcus Roberts Trio.
In 2010, he was presented with the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition from the National Academy of Music and the Municipal Conservatories of Neapolis and Sykies in Greece. He received that award for Three Enigmas, a contemporary classical composition he wrote for the piano duo Ferdiko of New York City. He also is the winner of the 2011 Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award, the 2007 BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize, and the 2006 University of West Florida Phillips Jazz Piano Competition.
A native of Spain, Beviá graduated from the Valencia Conservatory of Music in Valencia, Spain. He then attended Berklee College of Music where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and Florida State University where he earned dual master’s degrees in music composition and jazz performance and his doctorate in music theory and composition.
At CCM, Beviá teaches music theory, electronic music and piano, among other courses. He also is director of the CCM Chamber Ensemble.