I am a composer with a broad range of musical experience and interests. My catalog of compositions represents a life-long journey of exploring many kinds of music from around the world, across cultures and through history. The variety of entries in my catalog represent many diverse ways I have found to hear music, to listen to music and to express ideas through it. To varying degrees, many of my compositions are like stories and essays from this journey. The compass that I have carried with me on this journey is best expressed in composer Luciano Berio’s published lectures Remembering the Future: "... music is everything we listen to with the intention of listening to music, and that anything can become music.”

Growing up with a strong interest and affinity toward music, I began gigging as a clarinetist and saxophonist at age 16 under the guidance and support of elder musicians and music teachers around my hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts. This provided me a means to acquiring strong foundational skills in sight reading, ensemble playing, improvising and exposure to a range of music, from popular to jazz and Western classical.

I am a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (MM '86) where my principal teachers were Arthur Berger, Pozzi Escot and Malcolm Peyton. As an undergraduate I majored in music composition as a student of Philip Bezanson and Robert Stern at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (BM '76). I have compositions published with Frank E Warren Music Service and more compositions distributed through J. W. Pepper Music.

Performances of my works have been presented across the U. S., Europe, and Japan. These works include music for a wide range of instruments including Western symphonic instruments and traditional Japanese instruments. My work has won awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Reed Trio International Chamber Music Composition Competition, a Bryant Fellowship from Harvard University, and a certificate from the 21st Century Music Project Competition of the International Center for Japanese Culture in Yokohama, Japan.

My music related experience has also included: Composer and associate director for Afternoons of Shakuhachi and Koto Music concert series (1994-2012) -- established by my excellent colleague, fellow composer and director of this series, Dr. Takashi Koto ; Managing editor for the music journal Sonus (1991-2010)-- founded by its editor-in-chief composer Pozzi (Olga) Escot in 1980 ; Head of Music and Media at Hilles and Lamont Libraries of Harvard University; Director of Ellen Sitgreave Motter Concert/Lecture series at Harvard University presenting composers and new music (1990-1997) ; Community Artist with the Mayor's Office for Cultural and Community Affairs, Springfield, MA (1978-79); I was a founding member and administrative officer of the Springfield Jazz Society (MA) (1978-80) and I served as a military bandsman (clarinetist) with the U.S. Army ( 1970-72 ) .

Discography :

A Lullaby in Restless Times for guitar. Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar (ALC Music Publishing, “New Lullaby Project,” vol. 2 “Drifting”; expected album release date: March 2021)

Three Japanese Images for piano; Ballade for violin and piano; Opera Scenes without a Libretto for piano, Aleksandra Ivanova and Anastasiya Abadjieva perf. Independent album titled "Stories Beyond Words," 2020 

Two Japanese Idylls for guitar. The "Legend of Hagoromo," Aaron Larget-Caplan, perf. Stone Records, 2015.

Symphonic Journey for orchestra. Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Robert Black, cond. MMC Recordings, 1993.

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