Joseph Turrin

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Joseph Turrin’s multifaceted career encompasses an amazingly wide range of musical talents.

As composer, he has been recognized with major commissions from the New York Philharmonic (Concerto for Trumpet) with Erich Leinsdorf conducting and Philip Smith as soloist, New York Philharmonic (Jazzalogue NO 1), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Modinha) and  Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society (Riffs and Fanfares). Other commissions include: Concerto for Flute (written for Carol Wincenc and premiered at Avery Fisher Hall with the New Jersey Symphony), Meet The Composer (Invocation), (Two Sketches), North American Brass Band Association (Trilogy), New Jersey Chamber Music Society (Arcade), University of Wisconsin (Soundings). The Concerto for Trumpet was given its European premiere with conductor Kurt Masur and the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig, Germany.

The New York Philharmonic recently played his Jazzalogue NO 1 on their June, 1998 tour of Asia. The work was commissioned for the orchestra’s 1997 tour of Latin America. The New York Philharmonic also commissioned a new work (Two Gershwin Portraits) for the New York 100 Celebration Concert in Central Park on July 10, 1998, conducted by Kurt Masur, with trumpet soloists Wynton Marsalis and Philip Smith. The concert was attended by over 30,000 people.

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 contributions in the arts), ASCAP, American Music Center, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and two nominations for the Pulitzer Price.

As conductor he has conducted several American orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, New Orleans Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony.

In film, he has gained success as a composer and conductor. He was composer for Alan Alda’s film A New Life for Paramount Pictures. In 1986 he was commissioned to write an original orchestral score for the restoration of the silent film classic Sadie Thompson. The release of the movie was acclaimed in major cities throughout the U.S. and Europe. Other films he has worked on as composer or orchestrator include Little Darlings, Verna-USO Girl (with Sissy Spacek and William Hurt / Nominated for 3 Emmy Awards), Weeds (with Nick Nolte), Nightmare On Elm Street 3, Tough Guys Don't Dance (written and directed by Norman Mailer), Kingdom Of Shadows (a documentary on horror films for Kino International, narrated by Rod Steiger).

His work in musical theater includes performances on Broadway with Michael Feinstein and the score for Frankie with libretto by Broadway legend George Abbott. Other theater works include an opera Feathertop, and the musicals Love Games and The Barricade. He also did the orchestrations for the 1992 Olympic Fanfare for the summer Olympic ceremonies in Barcelona, Spain.

His works have been performed  by the New York Philharmonic, St.  Martin-in-the-Fields Academy Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester (Leipzig, Germany), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, New Mexico and New Jersey Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society, Wynton Marsalis, Philip Smith, Carol Wincenc, Kurt Masur, Erich Leinsdorf, the US Army Band, Atlantic Brass Quintet, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New Jersey Chamber Music  Society and many others. His works are recorded on the Teldec, Cala, and EMI labels.

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Hope Alive 44003502 5:45 $ 69.00 Music Shall Live
Faith In Tomorrow 44000590 5:20 $ 74.00 Music Shall Live

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Serenade Romantic 44003943 8:30 $ 94.00 Cause for Celebration