|M. WILLIAM KARLINS
was born in
New York City on February 25, 1932. He earned his B.M. and M.M. from
the Manhattan School of Music and his Ph.D. from the University of
Iowa in 1965. Among his principal teachers were Frederick Piket,
Stefan Wolpe, and Vittorio Giannini. He was the Harry N. and Ruth F.
Wyatt Professor of Music Theory and Composition Emeritus at
Northwestern University, where he was on the faculty from 1967 until
his death in 2005.
Karlins has an extensive catalog ranging from large orchestral and chamber works to solo and choral pieces. His
saxophone music in particular, which he often combines with other
individual instruments and ensembles, is widely performed in the
United States and abroad.
Karlins has been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony, and many other ensembles and prominent soloists.
organizations that have played his music include the Orquestra Sinfônica
de Goiânia (Brazil), the Dallas, Albany, Nuremberg, Northwestern and
Grant Park Symphony Orchestras, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, New Art
Ensemble, Chicago Chamber Players, Quintet of the Americas, Chicago
Wind Quintet, The Fine Arts, Gaudeamus, Boston Composers, Somogyi,
Vermeer, Pacifica and Lydian String Quartets, New Music Chicago,
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, RES Musica Baltimore, Composers Forum
(NY), CUBE contemporary music group (Chicago), Rembrandt Chamber
Players (Chicago), The Washington Square Contemporary Music Society,
Society for New Music (NY), Musica Moderna (Lodz, Poland), Venice
Biannale, the Vision, Wytko, Black Swamp and Vienna Saxophone
Quartets, as well as performances on West German Radio, Canadian
Broadcasting Co., WNYC (New York), WFMT, WNIB, WBEZ (Chicago), CBS
Television and other radio and television stations, and outstanding
soloists and ensembles throughout the world.
Karlins was a visiting composer at many universities in the USA
and Canada. In 1991 he was composer-in-residence at the 6éme Stage de
Saxophone, which took place during the 7éme Festival Lyrique et
Musical de Duras, France, at which time he was honored as "de
chevalier du Maréchalat des Cútes de Duras." He was also composer-in-residence at World Saxophone Congresses in London,
Bordeaux, Nuremberg, and Washington, DC. In 1995 he was guest composer
and lecturer at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and the
Franz Liszt Musical College in Györ, Hungary, and in 1997 he was
featured composer in a concert presented by the American Cultural
Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, co-sponsored by the Fulbright Commission.
In 1999 he was lecturer at the Wiener Hochschule für Musik, and his
music was performed at the Budapest Spring Festival. Karlins was
honored composer and lecturer at the 3rd Music Research Seminar, in
the Escola de Música e Artes Cênicas da Universidade Federal de
Goiás, Goiânia, Brazil, in 2003.
Karlins' music has been recorded on CRI, Brewster, Advance, and Golden
Crest Records, as well as Centaur, Hungaroton, Opus One, ACA Digital
Audio, Music From Northwestern, Arizona University Recordings,
Equilibrium, Soundwind, RIAX and Arktos compact discs. His music is
published by many leading publishers in the USA and Europe.
He was a member of BMI and the American Music Center, the American Composers Alliance, where he served on
Advisory Board and Board of Governors. He was a National Arts Associate
of Sigma Alpha Iota.
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