The music of Colin J.P. Homiski (b. 1971 Willimantic, Connecticut) has garnered much critical acclaim.
The Washington Post has praised his "vibrant musical imagination."
Others have noted the "dramatic intensity" (Boston Herald),
the "chilling suspense" (Baltimore Sun) and the "powerful impact" (Buffalo News) Homiski's music has had on
audiences across America.
Compositionally, his musical influences span the gamut of contemporary classical and pop music;
from Stravinsky and cousin Lutoslawski to Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan.
These divergent influences fuse together in unexpected ways, tempered by
folk music derived from his Filipino-Polish heritage.
His work has consistently won national and international recognition including the:
- 2001 Duo Hammel-Sanchez Commision for The Exploding Music Box for piano four-hands.
- 2000 New York Flute Club Commission for Wilde Mutterings for flute/piccolo and piano with assorted toy whistles.
- 1999 International Horn Society Composition Competition for White Hammer: Concerto for Horn and Chamber Orchestra.
- 1998 Debussy Trio International Foundation Prize for Igor's Firecracker for flute, viola, and harp.
- 1997 Washington International Quartet Competition for In Stonelight Effigy for string quartet.
- 1996 Tindall Hutchinson National Composers Prize for Dance of the Broken Puppet for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano.
- 1995 New England Conservatory Honors Piano Trio Competition for Maelstrom for violin, cello and piano.
He has received two prestigious Morton Gould Young Composer Grants from
the ASCAP Foundation as well as those from the Botolph, FMMC, Rabb and
Richardson Foundations. Some of the composers he was worked with include Michael Finnissy, George Crumb, Frederic Rzewski, Lee Hyla, Bright Sheng, Sebastian Currier, and Osvaldo Golijov.
His music has been programmed at festivals and institutions including June in Buffalo,
New Music Miami, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Cincinnati New Music Festival,
Oregon Festival of American Music, Paris Conservatory, Hartt School of Music,
University of New Hampshire, University of Maryland, George Washington University,
Harvard University, Holy Cross College, New England Conservatory of Music,
Eastman School of Music, Juilliard, and
University of California-San Diego.
Upcoming performances/projects include: Seussisms, a
new solo clarinet piece with prerecorded text for the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology IAP, Stonelight Soliloquy for solo violin
and prerecorded text, and a new piano opera, So Do Mi Te Su
Ite, incorporating texts of Ginsberg, Whitman, Doty and Paragraph
175. Lastly, he hopes to finally finish that epic-in-progress dissertation
"Folk Music In Composition: The Politics and Polemics of Representation and
Acculturation" at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Beyond his musical pursuits he maintains his emotional and physical being with
yoga and pilates while blowing off steam with kickboxing. He is an AFAA
certified Kickboxing Instructor, teaching five classes a week at the Wellbridge
Athletic Centers in Boston and Cambridge.