Orlando, United States
Composer Steve Kornicki's concert music is based on musical processes consisting of contrapuntal textures of non-melodic lines and structures built from sustained tones and repeated single note patterns with an underlying tonal or modal harmonic foundation. The resulting music, no matter how conceptual or process oriented, always maintains a continuous sense of drama. Kornicki studied music composition and music theory with Jeffrey Mumford (himself a student of the late Elliott Carter) and guitar performance with William Peters at Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School.
His music has been performed and/or recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic, the Julliard-based New York Miniaturist Ensemble, West End String Quartet, French pianist, Nicolas Horvath, Accessible Contemporary Music, percussionists, Dr. David Gerhart, Scotty Horey and Evan Chapman, Rhodes College Orchestra, California State University Long Beach Percussion Ensemble, Ithaca College Percussion Ensemble, University of Central Florida Percussion Ensemble and the Chicago Miniaturist Ensemble. His electro-acoustic music with video includes presentations at California State University Fullerton’s 2011 New Music Festival, New American Art Union (Portland, OR), Grand Valley State University's "Freeplay Six, Listening Chamber", Unitarian Universalist Church of New York (Manhattan), West Valley Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ), Sweetwater Center for the Arts (Pittsburgh, PA) and the International Video Art Festival 2007 (Tucson, AZ).
In September 2013, Kornicki was awarded a "Special Citation of Excellence" by the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA)'s 2013 Composition Competition for "Fanfare in a Continuum of Gradual Momentum" - a dramatic symphonic work inspired by the concepts of self similarity. The Brevard Symphony Orchestra, a professional Florida orchestra is planning a performance of the piece within the coming year. "Cycles of Fifths in Lines of Self Similarity", originally a guitar quintet written in 2005 and arranged in 2012 for eleven percussionists, garnered attention from the 2013 premiere performance by Gordon Stout and the Ithaca College percussion ensemble and has since been performed by the University of Central Florida's percussion ensemble under Dr. Thad Anderson - UCF performance on Youtube. The chamber ensemble piece, Horizontal Color Forms 12 "72 Tones" was performed at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City along with the premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “First Natural Durations” by the New York Miniaturist Ensemble in 2006. The New York Miniaturist Ensemble also premiered "Tempo Distortion 1" for chamber ensemble on Frank Oteri's 21st Century Schizoid Music program at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. “Tempo Distortion 4”, a study for marimba and tape in gradually shifting tempi, has gained significant attention from percussionists with several video performances posted on Youtube. His 2002 orchestral suite"Morning Star Rising" inspired by astronomer and anthropologist Anthony Aveni's book, "Conversing with the Planets" was recorded and released on CD by the Kiev Philharmonic under the late Robert Ian Winstin in 2005 and was broadcast on classical public radio across the U.S. including WQED Pittsburgh, Princeton, NJ (WPRB "Classical Discoveries"), KGNU Denver and Boulder CO, KLCC Eugene, OR, WCMU Michigan, and WTJU, Charlottesville, VA. His 2005 CD, "Orchestral, Conceptual and Ensemble Music"was favorably reviewed by Frank Oteri (New Music Box article) and received airplay on stations across the U.S. including the electro-acoustic composition 25 X 8 broadcast on NPR's "Hearts of Space" program. The 2006 piece, Horizontal Color Forms 15 (Four Pieces for string quartet) was premiered by the West End String Quartet in 2007 and broadcast on classical WQED, Pittsburgh. Kornicki has collaborated on multiple pieces for percussion ensemble and solo percussionist and tape with Dr. David Gerhart at California State University Long Beach - Echoes of Emergence conducted by David Gerhart on Youtube. His music is published by Media Press Inc. and by his own Fragmented View Music -
He also composes commercial production music and has numerous placement credits in this area spanning U.S. and international television, motion pictures, radio, and advertising including CSI Miami, Jersey Shore, The Simple Life, CBS Sunday Morning News, Modern Marvels, Boost Mobile and various programming on Animal Planet, Discovery, History, E!, Bio, Lifetime and NBC.