John Orfe

Piano, Composer

As a composer, pianist, and student, my principal teachers have included Ezra Laderman, Joseph Schwantner, and Martin Bresnick. My works have been performed in Russia, Canada, Germany, and throughout the US, and my percussion trio Dragon has received performances by nearly thirty different ensembles. I’ve been fortunate to receive four Standard ASCAP awards, a Tanglewood Fellowship, and first prizes in competitions held by BMI, the Music Teachers National Association, the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, the National Federation for Advancement in the Arts, the National Association of Composers, USA, and New Music Delaware. My piano playing remains very important to me. I’ve premiered over fifty works and performed in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the former Orchestra Hall (now Symphony Center) in Chicago, Mandel Hall in Minneapolis, and at universities on the East Coast and the Midwest. My mentors are Alan Feinberg and Emilio del Rosario. I am Assistant Professor at Bradley University and Organist at First United Methodist Church in downtown Peoria, IL.