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28 Oct

Greg Beyer Joins Pearl / Adams

Second-prize winner of the 2002 Geneva International Music Competition, Beyer has given solo performances and masterclasses throughout the United States, Europe, South America and in China. He has given both the World and American premieres of Heinz Holliger’s, Ma’mounia; performs the works of Iannis Xenakis, Roger Reynolds, James Dillon, Javier Alvarez, Elliott Carter; and actively commissions new works for solo percussion.

Of primary importance to him is his project, ARCOMUSICAL – an endeavor that involves ethno-musicological research on the berimbau and other related musical bows, and the active composition and commission of new works for this ancient instrument. In March 2006, Beyer composed and premiered a new concerto for berimbau, wind ensemble and chorus, entitled, Vou Me Embora. This piece was commissioned by the Freeport, Illinois School District World Arts Festival. Beyer’s work in this area includes multi-media aspects and has garnered awards and applause around the globe.

Beyer is a founding member of the flute/percussion duo, DUE EAST, a group that has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Poland and Brazil. DUE EAST is dedicated to the advancement of virtuosic contemporary music for flute and percussion, and has commissioned and premiered many works by young, up-and-coming composers. Additional activities as a chamber musician include performances and/or recordings with ADCA, Present Music, CUBE, Fulcrum Point, So Percussion, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Speculum Musicae, NewBand, Sequitur, and the S.E.M. Ensemble.

Beyer enjoys teaching a fine group of students at Northern Illinois University, where he is an Assistant Professor of Percussion in the School of Music. He has most recently been invited as a guest lecturer at Fuzhou Normal University, China.