Composer/performer/conductor Noam Faingold’s music has been praised as “…lyrical”, “…exhilarating…”, and “…a tour-de-force…” by sources as varied as the New York Times, Anoushka Shankar for the BBC, Downbeat Magazine, Aamulehti (Finland) and others. Noam was recently chosen as the 2016 commissioned composer for the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association conference, and currently runs the composition curriculum at Tulsa Community College and the composition and advanced music theory/aural skills curricula at the Barthelmes Conservatory college preparatory division in Tulsa, OK. His “Knife in the Water” for violin and cello duo can be heard on NYC’s WQXR podcast “Q2”, and his “Dark Conscience” for two violins can be heard on London-based violin duo Mainly Two’s 2014 album Synergy. In March of 2015, he received his PhD in music research in composition at King’s College London, attending on a Jack Kent Cook Graduate Fellowship.
Recent performances of his music include oboist Rob Botti (New York Philharmonic), Gabriel Prokofiev’s Nonclassical Records (London), ProQuartet Chamber Music Society (Paris), Akademie der Künste (Berlin), Tampere Philharmonic’s chamber music series (Finland), the Jönköping Sinfonietta (Sweden), Voice of Argentina festival (Mar del Plata), Christ Church Sinfonietta (Oxford), Cadillac Moon Ensemble and TRANSIT New Music (NYC), Juventas New Music (Boston), Peter Ferry (Alarm Will Sound), the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin Festival’s Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, OK Mozart festival, New Music on the Point Festival (Vermont) and many others.
2015 will see the release of Noam’s first full-length album with his rock chamber ensemble Burning City Orchestra, featuring guest performances by Nonesuch records pianist/composer Timothy Andres and electric bassist Reed Mathis. The BCO first received attention from the BBC by placing in the top 20 (out of 2,000 entries from 88 countries) in its “Next Big Thing 2007” competition.
Besides teaching and composing, Noam currently serves on the board of directors of Chamber Music Tulsa, is the composer-in-residence at the Midtown School for the Performing Arts and was recently named the curator of “OK Electric,” the electronic music festival put on by Tulsa Living Arts. He regularly gives masterclasses, pre-concert talks and public presentations through organizations like Chamber Music Tulsa, New York University, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable, The University of Tulsa and others.
As a conductor, Noam has conducted pieces by Steve Mackey, Anton Webern, Elliott Schwartz, Matias Hancke de la Fuente, Brian Mark, and various student pieces through the Bowdoin International Music Festival, i = u festival, New York University, and the Tulsa Camerata, As a double bassist, Noam has held the Double Bass Orchestral Fellowship at the Atlantic Music Festival, has served as principal bass with London’s Multi-Story Orchestra, London Youth Opera, and Juventas, and has performed with London’s Nonclassical Records, the Bowdoin Festival Orchestra, 12 Ensemble, the Tulsa Signature Symphony and many others.
Noam’s musical mentors include Samuel Adler, Kurt Muroki, Derek Bermel, Silvina Milstein, Dennis Kim, Ezequiel Viñao, Claude Baker, Reiko Fueting, Joe Bongiorno and George Benjamin.