Aspiring Composer Serenades Queens
George Weisman, an aspiring composer and songwriter working toward his Master’s degree in Composition at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, will be performing at the college on several dates this upcoming fall.
A musician since his early years, Weisman first studied piano under pianist Alice Papazian. He then moved on to other instruments, including saxophone, guitar, clarinet and many others. By age 16 he had developed a love for songwriting—mostly about love—that he attributes to his influences at the time, Coldplay, Radiohead, Muse and the Beatles. He added singing, particularly a capella, to his growing repertoire during his years at Forest Hills H.S., where he graduated with the top annual music scholarship. He then went on to graduate cum laude from Queensboro Community College with an Associate’s degree in Music.
At Queens, Weisman quickly rose to the top of his classes, especially those in theory, dictation and analysis. To put his knowledge to work, he took lessons with composer and music theorist John Wykoff, and now takes private composition lessons with composer Mikael Karlsson.
Weisman now has the opportunity to share his personal work and his love for music with the rest of the borough. Several compositions are being debuted at the college's Lefrak Concert Hall on the following recital dates: October 16, November 17 and December 16 with the QC New Music Group and December 7 with the Dominant 7 Composers.
More information about George Weisman can be obtained at his Web site, www.georgeweisman.com, where one can subscribe to a newsletter, view some of his personal work, and keep updated on events. Though hosted at the college, all of his events are open to the public.