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An accomplished composer and electric guitarist, D.J. Sparr has caught the attention of critics with his eclectic style, described as “pop-Romantic…iridescent and wondrous” and “suits the boundary erasing spirit of today’s new-music world” (New York Times). The Los Angeles Times praises him as “an excellent soloist” and the Santa Cruz Sentinel says that he “wowed an enthusiastic audience…Sparr's guitar sang in a near-human voice.” D.J. currently holds the Young American Composer-in-Residence position with the California Symphony where his works have been premiered by Nicholas McGegan and Donato Cabrera. Recent world premieres have been by the Dayton Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Eighth Blackbird, and the Hexnut Ensemble. This Spring, Centaur Records is releasing a CD of D.J.’s Chamber Music which was supported by a grant from New Music USA’s CAP Recording Program.
In May, D. J. will be the soloist on his new work “Violet Bond: Concerto-Overture" with the California Symphony Orchestra. Sparr was awarded the $10,000 grand prize in the orchestra category of the BMG/Williams College National Young Composers Competition and has received awards and recognition from BMI, the American Music Center, Eastman School of Music, George Washington University, the League of Composers/ISCM, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. A fast rising star, D.J. Sparr’s musical vision is bound to catapult him to the realm of indispensable American composers.