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Boosey & Hawkes signs composer Paquito D'Rivera

(January 2008)

Boosey & Hawkes signs composer Paquito D'Rivera

Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. is pleased to announce the signing of Paquito D'Rivera to an exclusive agreement in which the company will represent all of Mr. D'Rivera's compositions worldwide for all publishing rights.



Fluent in multiple musical languages, electrifying composer and performer Paquito D'Rivera has impacted American music across Latin, Jazz, and Classical genres. Having begun his career as a performer with the National Symphony of Cuba as a teenager, Mr. D'Rivera went on to establish the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna as well as Irakere, whose explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical, and traditional Cuban music proved a ground-breaking addition to the Cuban musical milieu.

With more than 30 recordings to date, Mr. D'Rivera has garnered eight GRAMMY awards, his Merengue for cellist Yo-Yo Ma earning him the GRAMMY for Best Classical Composition (2004). As a clarinetist and saxophonist, Mr. D'Rivera has performed with organizations such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Recognition of his dynamic compositional skills came in 2007 with the award of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, and the 2007-08 appointment as Composer-In-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) named Mr. D'Rivera a NEA Jazz Master in 2005, the same year that he received the National Medal for the Arts, presented by the U.S. president at the White House. He has received a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Music from the Berklee School of Music (2003), an Annual Achievement in Music Award for his "outstanding body of work" from The National Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences, a Living Jazz Legend Award presented at the Kennedy Center (2007), and has twice been named Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Proclaimed "the consummate multinational ambassador" by the NEA, Mr. D'Rivera is the only artist to have won Latin GRAMMYs in both Classical and Latin Jazz categories (2003).

Mr. D'Rivera will tour through Japan this September, performing and conducting the Mozart Clarinet and Piano Concerti at the ACROS Fukuoka Center, the Aichi Prefecture Arts Theater in Nagoya, Osaka Symphony Hall, and the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall.

Says Boosey & Hawkes General Manager, Marc Ostrow: "Both as a composer and performer, Mr. D'Rivera's music successfully and easily crosses all geographical borders and musical genres. His compositions exemplify the diversity of our classical and jazz catalogues and I am delighted that that he is the newest addition to our unparalleled roster of composers."

Says Mr. D'Rivera: "Joining the Boosey & Hawkes music family offers me the never dreamed of opportunity of sharing the illustrious company of some of my favorite composers of all times, from Igor Stravinsky and Bela Bartók to my dear friends Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis."

Boosey & Hawkes launched its jazz initiative in 2006 by hiring its first-ever jazz expert, Adina Williams, and now represents composers David Benoit, Chick Corea, Paquito D'Rivera, Andrew Hill, and Wynton Marsalis, as well as the works of Charles Mingus through Jazz Workshop, Inc. Boosey & Hawkes also proudly serves as worldwide agents for the historic Second Floor Music catalogue, which features some of the best-known compositions of the bop and post-bop eras. Boosey & Hawkes anticipates additional signings to its esteemed jazz roster in the near future. For upcoming news and announcements please visit the B&H jazz page at www.boosey.com/jazz.



Photo: R Andrew Lepley

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