Biography

 

I was born April 23, 1947 in New Haven, Connecticut.  I received my 

education at the University of Notre Dame (B.A. English, 1969), the

Hartt College of Music (B. Mus. Composition — principally with Arnold

Franchetti, 1977) and the Manhattan School of Music (M. Mus.

Composition — with Charles Wuorinen, 1978).  Since 1975 I have earned

my livelihood as a self-employed piano technician.  Having declined to

enter academia or the commercial music world, and not being a 

performer, most of the not inconsiderable performances of my music have 

been self-initiated and self-funded, the chief of these being three full-

length concerts at Merkin Hall in New York City (1986, 1997 and 2004), 

involving a varied assemblage of chamber and solo musicians.  In 

addition, from 1990 to 2006 my late wife Rosemarie Koczÿ and I hosted

annual gatherings of art and music (sometimes poetry as well) in our

home, at which one or more of my compositions would be presented.

Since her death in 2007, I have continued these yearly concerts.  On 

November 5, 8 and 12, 2017 again at Merkin I offered pianist Mateusz

Borowiak his American concert debut, during which he premiered my

first six piano sonatas.