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Kenji Bunch

  • Composer
  • Violist
  • Teacher

Repertoire/Discography

Kenji Bunch - List of Works

Instrumental - Solo and Chamber:

2006 Shout Chorus for woodwind quintet - 10 min.

Commissioned by the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Premiered by the Imani Winds, July 2006,

Vail, CO.

Drift... for clarinet, viola, and piano - 11 min.

Commissioned by the Spoleto USA Festival. Premiered by Todd Palmer, cl, Kenji Bunch, vla,

Jeremy Denk, pno, June 2006, Charleston, SC.

Sarabande for solo violin - 5 min.

Written for and premiered by Stefan Milenkovich, violin, March 2006, Yamaha Hall, NY.

2005 The 3 G’s for solo viola - 4 min.

Premiered by Kenji Bunch, viola, July, 2005, San Diego, CA.

Summer (H)ours for trumpet, marimba, violin, cello, and bass - 16 min.

Commissioned by The Craftsbury Chamber Players. Premiered by Domenic Durasse, trp, Makoto

Nakura, mar, Joyce Hammann, vln, Frances Rowell, cello, and Jeff Carney, bass, July 2005,

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.

String Circle for string quintet (2 violas) - 20 minutes

Commissioned by V.J. Jordan and Chamber Music Amarillo for Joanna Mendoza and the Harrington

String Quartet. Premiered by the Harrington String Quartet and Kenji Bunch, viola, April 2005,

Amarillo Art Museum, Amarillo, TX.

2004 Psalm Settings for mezzo-soprano and string quartet - 24 minutes

Commissioned by Boslev, LLC. Premiered by the Whitman String Quartet and Erica Jan Lippitz,

Feb. 2005, Weill Recital Hall, NY.

Cookbook for clarinet and piano - 18 minutes

Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc. Premiered by clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester and

pianist Andrius Zlabys, Nov. 2004, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

The Torment of the Metals for brass quintet - 10 minutes

Commissioned by the Extension Ensemble and the Juilliard School. Premiered by the Extension

Ensemble, Oct. 2004 at the Guggenheim Museum, NY.

SummerSkies for solo piano - 3 minutes

Commissioned by the Lucy Moses School with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Premiered by Gabriel Mendlow, Dec. 2004, Merkin Hall, NY.

Dies Irie for piano trio - 6 minutes

Commissioned and premiered by the Ahn Trio, May, 2004, WNYC-fm “Around New York with

John Schaefer” NY.

2003 Sonnet 128 for cello, percussion, and narrator - 7 minutes

Commissioned by Close Encounters with Music. Premiered by cellist Yehuda Hanani, percussionist

Chris Vatalaro, and narrator Sigourney Weaver, May 2003, Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, MA.

2002 Broken Music for cello and piano - 15 minutes

Commissioned by the Walter W. Naumberg Foundation. Premiered by cellist Clancy Newman and

pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera, Feb. 2003 Alice Tully Hall, NY.

Boiling Point for amplified string quartet, bass, and drum set - 7 minutes

Commissioned and premiered by Nurse Kaya, June 2002, the Frying Pan, NY.

Hobgoblinry for viola and harpsichord - 9 minutes

Commissioned by the Queen’s Chamber Band. Premiered by violist Veronica Salas and

harpsichordist Elaine Comparone, April, 2002, Merkin Concert Hall, NY.

Swing Shift for piano trio - 22 minutes

Commissioned by Brolly Arts. Premiered by the Ahn Trio, April, 2002, University of Utah, Salt

Lake City, UT.

2001 Luminaria for violin and harp - 9 minutes

Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc. in honor of Victor Salvi, and made possible by a

generous grant from the Victor Salvi Foundation. Premiered by harpist Gwyneth Wentink and

violinist Ju-Young Baek, March, 2002, Weill Recital Hall, NY.

Triple Jump for solo marimba - 12 minutes

Commissioned and premiered by Makoto Nakura, Oct. 2001, Matsukate Hall, Kobe, Japan.

Three American Folk Hymn Settings for two violins - 10 minutes

Commissioned by Debra and Robert Kauffman, premiered by Cornelius Dufallo and Amy

Kauffman, July 2001, Nashville, TN.

2000 Peripheral Riffs for solo piano - 10 minutes

Commissioned by the Van Cliburn Competition. Premiered by Monica Ohuchi, Feb. 2004,

The Juilliard School, NY.

Common Tones for violin/viola, horn, and piano - 25 minutes

Commissioned by Toby Appel. Premiered by Toby Appel, violin/viola, David Wakefield, horn,

and William Wolfram, piano, Jan. 2001, The Juilliard School.

1999 Paraphraseology for violin and marimba - 14 minutes

Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc. Premiered by Makoto Nakura, marimba, and

Stefan Milenkovich, violin, March, 2000, Weill Recital Hall, NY.

Changes of Phase for woodwind quintet - 12 minutes

Commissioned by the Bridgehampton Music Festival. Premiered by Windscape

August, 1999, Bridgehampton, NY.

Eventually Emily for cello and piano - 8 minutes

Commissioned and premiered by Mary Lou Rylands, cello, with Jeananne Albee, piano, July

1999, Craftsbury Chamber Players Music Festival, Burlington, VT.

Road Trip for two pianos, cello, and percussion - 14 minutes

Commissioned by Gilligan Artist Management. Premiered by Fear No Music, March 1999,

Reed College, Portland, OR.

1998 Suite for viola and piano - 15 minutes

Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc. Premiered by violist Naoko Shimizu and pianist

Özgür Aydin, Feb. 1999, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

Intersections for piano trio - 7 minutes

Commissioned by Spacecraft Japan. Premiered by violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina

Reiko Cooper, and pianist John Novacek, Dec. 1998, Tokyo, Japan.

laissez vibrer... for viola and celeste - 8 minutes

Commissioned and premiered by Stepahie Griffen, viola, with Eric Huebner, celeste, May 1998,

The Juilliard School, NY.

1997 Floating Alone for solo percussion - 6 minutes

Commissioned by the Elaine Kauffman Cultural Center. Premiered by Daniel Druckman, Sept.

1997, Merkin Concert Hall, NY.

1996 Crawl Space for solo cello (rev. for solo viola 2004) - 5 minutes

Commissioned and premiered by David Eggar, Nov. 1996, Crazy Horse Mt. SD.

Concerto for piano trio and percussion (rev. 1998) - 10 minutes

Commissioned and premiered by The Ahn Trio, with Brian Resnick and Matthew Gold,

percussion, Oct. 1998, the Miller Theater, NY.

Aria for solo violin - 5 minutes

Commissioned and premiered by violinist Ittai Shapira, Nov. 1996, Stradivarius

Society of London, England

Slow Dance for piano trio - 10 minutes

Commissioned by the Soho Arts Festival. Premiered by the Ahn Trio, Sept. 1996, American

Opera Projects, NY.

Tango Morendo for trumpet and piano - 8 minutes

Commissioned and premiered by Ales Jokipii, trumpet, with Kenji Bunch, piano, April 1996,

the Juilliard School, NY.

Pillow Talk for five trombones and piano* - 5 minutes

Premiered by trombonists Thomas Burge, Koichiro Yamamoto, Michael Boschen, Peter

Mitchell, David Garcia, and pianist Robert Gates, April 1996, The Juilliard School, NY.

1995 Sketches for string quartet and narrator* - 10 minutes

Commissioned by the Juilliard School Commuity Service Fellowship Program. Premiered by

violinists Ittai Shapira and Ara Gregorian, violist Kenji Bunch, and cellist Kristina Reiko

Cooper, Dec. 1995, Beth Israel Hospital, NY.

Two Songs for soprano and piano - 5 minutes

Premiered by Lauren Skuce, soprano, and David Shimoni, piano, Dec. 1997,

The Juilliard School, NY.

Lux Aeterna for violin and piano - 9 minutes

Commissioned and premiered by violinist Angella Ahn, with Lucia Ahn, piano, May 1995,

The Juilliard School, NY.

Sonata for trombone and piano* - 10 minutes

Commissioned and premiered by Mark Woolman Horner, trombone, with Mitsuko Morikawa,

piano, April 1995, the Juilliard School, NY.

1994 There Will Come Soft Rains for low voice and piano - 5 minutes

Premiered by Alvin Crawford, bass-baritone and Kenji Bunch, piano, Feb. 1994,

The Juilliard School, NY.