Joel David Balzun

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  • Katrina's recital!

    This show was on Apr 2nd, 2015 | 7 people watched
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  • MM Recital: Joel David Balzun, baritone

    This show was on Feb 15th, 2015 | 29 people watched
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    • Feb 16
      The performance was excellent, but I must admit that the video and audio quality was lacking. If the video could have been zoomed in closer it would have been better. However, I was able to attend a live concert for free from 2000 kms away. So all in all, I was happy.
    • Feb 16
      The video would never start. Not sure if that was because of the network I was on or because of a technical difficulty on Concert Window's side.
    • Feb 17
      Excellent work, Joel. The video feed didn't work for me on Chrome so I switched to Firefox and all was well. It was disappointing to not be able to see your face, but the sound of your voice was lovely. All in all, a great success. So glad for all the support you had in person. Way to rock your dreams!
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Baritone and Composer Joel David Balzun is establishing himself as a mature new voice in the future of music. His multi-faceted career has led him to work with some of the world’s most respected musicians and ensembles.

Mr. Balzun composes music for a variety of media and ensembles, inspired by the stories and experiences of himself and others. His “haunting and beautiful” music has... more

Baritone and Composer Joel David Balzun is establishing himself as a mature new voice in the future of music. His multi-faceted career has led him to work with some of the world’s most respected musicians and ensembles.

Mr. Balzun composes music for a variety of media and ensembles, inspired by the stories and experiences of himself and others. His “haunting and beautiful” music has received international recognition. His accolades include winning the Dallas Wind Symphony’s 9th annual “Call for Fanfares”, as well as winning first prize in the Classical Marimba League International Composition Competition. In 2010, Mr. Balzun was also a prize-winner in the National Broadcast Orchestra’s Galaxie Rising Star Composers’ Competition, winning both the Young Composers Prize and the Grand Prize. He was also a guest presenter and composer at the CBDNA 2013 National Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina. Notably, Mr. Balzun was a finalist for the prestigious 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

Praised as “a composer to watch” by the Calgary Herald, Mr. Balzun has been the recipient of numerous commissions. His music has been performed across Canada, the United States, Costa Rica, and Italy, by ensembles such as Alberta Winds, Calgary Civic Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, the National Broadcast Orchestra of Canada, La Orquestra Vientos de Costa Rica, Standing Wave Ensemble, and Windago. His music has been broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and Espace Musique in Canada. A selection of Mr. Balzun's music is currently published by C. Alan Publications and Lovebird Music. Joel is also a member of ASCAP, CFAMC and SOCAN.

As a baritone, Mr. Balzun has appeared on both the recital and concert stages. Since his professional debut in 2011 in Peter Michael von der Nahmer's award winning opera, El canguro with the California Theatre Company, he has performed all over North America and in Europe. The 2014-2015 started with “Sid” (Albert Herring), Bach's Cantata BWV 36 and Cantata BWV 72, his first Messiah, and also includes his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in their production of La traviata. He was also a featured soloist at the 2014 CFAMC National Conference. The 2013-2014 season included his solo debut at the Kennedy Centre, singing excerpts from Turandot. He also performed with Calgary Concert Opera Company (“Count Ceprano” and “Marullo” - Rigoletto), Cowtown Opera Company (“Fiorello” - The Barber of Cowtown), and Eastman Opera Theatre (“Le gaoler” and “Marquis de la Force” - Dialogues des Carmélites. On the concert stage, Joel was seen in presentations of Dvorak's Te Deum, Haydn's The Creation, and Bach's Cantata BWV 4 and Johannes-Passion. Mr. Balzun also performed recitals for Calgary's ProArts Society and Fullerton's Friends of Music Recital Series. The 2012-2013 included “John Brooke” (Little Women – M. Adamo), and Peter Maxwell Davies' virtuosic Eight Songs for a Mad King. Currently, he is a Roster Artist with Cowtown Opera Company, with whom he performs in numerous recitals, pop-up performances, and other corporate and media events. Upcoming engagements include "Guglielmo" (Così fan tutte) in Bloomington, and "Les contes d'Hoffmann" with the NAPA Music Festival.

Mr. Balzun studied music composition at University of Calgary and Biola University, at the latter of which he earned a Bachelor's of Music Degree in Music Composition He has studied composition with Robert Denham, David Eagle, Laurie Radford, and Christopher Wills. He has also studied voice with William Lock and Michelle Minke, and piano with George Boespflug, Charles Foreman, and Vladimir Levtov. Joel has continued his studies in composition at the Vancouver International Song Institute’s Art Song Lab with Imant Raminsh, as well as the Atlantic Music Festival Institute Composition Program in July 2014. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Jan Opalach. For information on Joel's upcoming projects, as well as audio samples of Joel's work, please visit www.joelbalzun.com.

Joel Balzun
328 E. Main St.
Apt. 215
Rochester, NY 14604
USA
585.737.7986

j.d.balzun@gmail.com

Baritone and Composer Joel David Balzun is establishing himself as a mature new voice in the future of music. His multi-faceted career has led him to work with some of the world’s most respected musicians and ensembles.
Since his professional debut in 2011 in Peter Michael von der Nahmer's award winning opera, El canguro with the California Theatre Company, Joel has performed all over North America and in Europe. The 2014-2015 started with “Sid” (Albert Herring), Bach's Cantata BWV 36 and Cantata BWV 72, his first Messiah, and also includes his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2013-2014 season included his solo debut at the Kennedy Centre, singing excerpts from Turandot. He also performed with Calgary Concert Opera Company (“Count Ceprano” and “Marullo” - Rigoletto), Cowtown Opera Company (“Fiorello” - Il barbiere di Siviglia), and Eastman Opera Theatre (“Le gaoler” and “Marquis de la Force” - Dialogues des Carmélites. On the concert stage, Joel was seen in presentations of Dvořák's Te Deum, Haydn's The Creation, and Bach's Cantata BWV 4 and Johannes-Passion. The 2012-2013 included “John Brooke” (Little Women – M. Adamo), and Peter Maxwell Davies' virtuosic Eight Songs for a Mad King.
In addition to his performance activities, Joel was recently named a finalist for the prestigious 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In 2010, Joel was also the Grand Prize winner in the National Broadcast Orchestra’s Galaxie Rising Star Composers’ Competition. His music has been performed by ensembles across North America and Costa Rica.

Mr. Balzun studied music composition at University of Calgary and Biola University, where he earned a Bachelor's of Music Degree in Music Composition. He is currently a candidate for the Master’s of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where he studies with Jan Opalach. www.joelbalzun.com

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