Noam Faingold is a London and New York based composer, performer and conductor. He regularly writes for and performs with his rock chamber orchestra the Burning City Orchestra, which first received attention by placing in the top 20 (out of 2,000 entries from 88 countries) in the BBC’s “Next Big Thing 2007” competition. The BCO’s upcoming full-length album features performances by composer/pianist Timothy Andres and electric bassist Reed Mathis. He also worked as orchestrator and principal arranger for the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey on their Ludwig project, which the group premiered with the Bartlesville Symphony at the 2010 OK Mozart festival. He has also given master classes and presentations in rock/orchestral fusion performance practice at New York University and the University of Tulsa.
His violin/cello duo “A Knife in the Water” can be heard on the NYC new music podcast Q2, a feature of classical music radio station WQXR, having also been performed at the Tampere Philharmonic’s chamber music series by the orchestra’s concertmaster Dennis Kim, the Bowdoin International Music Festival’s Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, Kinga Augustyn/Isabel Castellvi, Eunsley Park/Una Cho in London and twice by Cadillac Moon Ensemble. Other recent performances of his music include Kallisto Quartet in Paris, Sweden’s Jönköping Sinfonietta, HIFA Festival in Zimbabwe, as well as the new music ensembles Juventas (Boston), Cadillac Moon Ensemble (NYC) and TRANSIT new music (NYC).
In 2011 he was a Salzburg Seminar fellow in music on an Edward T. Cone fellowship, was a finalist for the 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer and 2010 BMI young composer award and was on fellowship as the composition performance assistant at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine for several summers.
In July of 2013 he will be the double bass fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine. He will also be co-curating and performing in a festival of experimental music together with violinist/composer Eugene Feygelson and guitarist/photographer Michael Dylan Ferrara, through the trio’s month-long residency at Guest Projects gallery in London in September of 2013.
Noam is the composer in residence at the Midtown School for the Performing Arts in Tulsa, OK and serves as a double bass/rhythm section mentor for London’s National Orchestra For All. Noam is currently a PhD candidate in music composition at King’s College London on a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship studying with Silvina Milstein and George Benjamin. Other mentors include Samuel Adler, Ezequiel Viñao, Kurt Muroki and Reiko Füting.
Additional studies include composition degrees from New York University and the University of Tulsa and various summers at the Aspen and Bowdoin festivals and the Freie Universität Berlin.