James Lavino

James Lavino (born March 7, 1973) is an American composer, known especially for his choral music and his music for film and television. Lavino was born in Philadelphia in 1973 and studied music at The Juilliard School in New York City, where he was a composition student of Behzad Ranjbaran. He later studied in London with Paul Patterson of the Royal Academy of Music. Lavino's choral and concert music, some of which is published by Boosey & Hawkes, has been performed in England, Spain, France, Belgium, Romania, and locations across the USA. In 2009, his choral piece "They have become bright stars", a commission for the choir of St Paul's Cathedral (UK), was premiered in the presence of Charles, Prince of Wales; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; and Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Lavino's piece "Nativity," commissioned by Choir & Organ magazine, was featured in the 2007 Classic FM Christmas Concert, and has been recorded by the choir of Westminster Abbey (James O'Donnell, cond.) for the Hyperion label. His recent setting of three poems by W.H. Auden, for Exmoor Singers of London, was premiered at London's Southbank Centre.


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