Thomas Sleeper
Composer
"Sleeper ... is a gifted composer, writing in a rigorous yet attractive tonal idiom ..."

—Larry Johnson,

Gramophone


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BIOGRAPHY
"Hauntingly Mysterious", "Richly Lyrical", "Soaring Melodies" - all phrases used to describe the music of Thomas Sleeper. His output includes five symphonies, thirteen operas, eightenteen concerti, four orchestral song cycles, works for chorus with orchestra, three string quartets and numerous other vocal and instrumental chamber works. Sleeper has developed a unique compositional voice whose vocabulary is clearly from, but not limited to, this century.
Sleeper has been commissioned by artists such as Stefan de Leval Jezierski of the Berlin Philharmonic, Trudy Kane from the Metropolitan Opera, internationally acclaimed tenor John Duykers and saxophonist Dale Underwood.
Sleeper's compositions have been performed throughout the USA, and in Europe, Asia and South America. Recent performances of his work include "Hana's Day Out" with the Baltimore Symphony conducted by Cristian Macelaru, Concerto for Trumpet, Johannes Hofmann, soloist, Academic Bläserphilharmonie Vienna, Andreas Simbeni, conductor; Awakenings with The Pit Stop Players, Joshua Rosenblum, conductor and Symphony No. 4, Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Paul Phillips, conductor.
Sleeper's music for the documentary Film "One Water" was recored by the Russian National Orchestra and has appeared throughout the world both in theaters and on television. Most recently he has composed and conducted music for Ali Habashi's new film "The Silver Mirror" with the Brno Philharmonic.
Sleeper’s early musical training with Daryl F. Rauscher of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra influenced the "charged lyricism" and "singing" qualities found in his music today. Sleeper began his professional career as a member of Fermata, a group of composer/performers who presented an annual series of interdisciplinary concerts throughout the state of Texas.
A strong advocate of new music, Sleeper has conducted the premieres of numerous works by composers, including Henry Brant, Carlos Surinach, Roberto Sierra, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. He has recorded for Albany, Centaur, Naxos, Cane, Irida and Uroboros labels.
Sleeper is a member of the Cherokee Tribe (Blind Savannah Clan) and currently resides in Miami, Florida, where he is Director of Orchestral Activities and Conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra.

REVIEWS
"If there's one thing that American composer Thomas Sleeper does very well, it's take an idea and manipulate and develop it to its best and fullest potential ... Very highly endorsed for those of you who seek music with a strong backbone of tradition, harmonic stability and genuine human emotion."
— Larry Johnson, Classical Music Sentinel
"Einstein's Inconsistency from the intriguingly creative composer Thomas Sleeper is a series of eight short operas ... Sleeper's carefully crafted harmonic language is otherworldly both disorienting and strangely lyrical .The composer conducts the ace musicians of the Bruno Philharmonia in spanking clean performances of these intriguing and innovative short operas"
— Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News
"Overall effect is simply that of a tightly constructed, sophisticatedly crafted ... score ... [with] echoes not only of sardonic Prokofiev, but also Shostakovich and Mahler ... yet the concerto is not much less identifiably Sleeper's than, say, Barber's music is Barber's."
— James Roos, Miami Herald
"The four works each display the technique and musical mastery of a sure compositional hand and given the excellence of the performances brought to each work the CD will be a strong contender for my next Want List - Accordingly recommended as a must own disc for readers who like adventurous but accessible contemporary music."
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DISCOGRAPHY
Through a Glass Darkly
Thomas Sleeper
Meadows Symphony Orchestra
Paul Phillips, conductor
Four Concerti
Thomas Sleeper
Brno Philharmonic,
Zoe Zeniodi, conductor
Einstein’s Inconsistency
A Series of Eight Operas
Thomas Sleeper
Bruno Philharmonia