Richard Maltz's music has been performed by the orchestras of Brevard, Charleston, Cortlandt, Garden State, Gulf Coast, Illinois, Kennett, Lehigh Valley, Lima, Manchester, Meridan, Oak Park, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill, South Carolina, and Augusta. His chamber and vocal music has been performed by the Assembly Saxophone Quartet, Carolina Ballet, marimbist Mark Ford, Opera at USC, the Winthrop University Percussion Ensemble, and others. He has been commissioned by orchestras, bands, choirs, chamber groups, soloists, ballet companies, religious organizations, music societies, and university and high school ensembles.
Maltz's music is performed nationally and abroad. In 2015, his Grapes in Orvieto (on poetry of Roy Seeger) was performed by the USC Aiken Concert Choir at Chiesa San Andre in Orvieto, Italy. He was twice guest composer at the London Gala Concerts; in 2012, with a performance of his Romance for Solo Violin and Strings by the Prospect Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, and in 2009, with performances of Great Prospects Overture at St. John's Church Smith Square and St. Augustine's Church Kilburn. Mayor Irvana K. Wilks proclaimed November 6, 2008 "Great Prospects Day" in the Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois, in recognition of the premier of Great Prospects Overture. Maltz was guest composer at the USC Conductors Institute in 2009, where the piece was performed by conductors from around the world.
In 2000, the Lowcountry Heritage Society sponsored the premier of Maltz's Variations on a Gullah Hymn, performed by the Charleston Symphony string trio. In 1993, he was guest composer at the North Carolina Contemporary Arts Festival, with a performance of his Seeing with the Heart, a song cycle for mezzo soprano, baritone and piano on poetry by Christopher Hewitt. In 1992, he was composer in residence at the Cummington Community of the Arts, where the Greenwood String Orchestra premiered Cummington Overture. In 2013, his opera, Bambino (on a libretto by Linda Lee Harper), received performances by Opera at USC in Aiken, and in Columbia, SC. The DVD of the opera is on permanent display in the "Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend" exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Much of my music is neoclassical, from symphonies to opera to music for percussion.
I value lyrical melody, unobtrusive harmony, simple textures and clear forms. My rhythm is fluid, energetic, and always an integral part of my composition.
It takes countless hours of composing to produce a few moments of magic!
Maltz has been awarded more than $80,000 in grants to support the creation, performance and recording of his music. He has received funding to present the Joseph Hoffman Piano Festival and the Cleon W. Mauldin Foundation Recital Series at USC Aiken. He founded the Aiken Youth Orchestra in 2002, and served as its conductor and artistic director until 2009. He is published by Seesaw Music and Richard Maltz Music (ASCAP). His article, Microtonal Techniques in the Music of Harry Partch and Ben Johnston, was published in Music Research Forum (Vol. VII, 1992, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music).
Richard Maltz was born in 1958 and grew up in Randolph, Massachusetts. He holds degrees from the universities of South Carolina and North Texas, and attended Berklee College of Music. He studied composition with Robert Ward, Ben Johnston, Dick Goodwin, and Thomas Clark. He is Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina Aiken where he teaches music theory and composition, and where he has held the Pauline F. O'Connell Chair in Fine Arts since 2000.