Silver, Sheila

American composer, largely of classical chamber and large scale music and film scores. Wrote the opera The Thief of Love. Winner of several prestigious composition prizes including the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Composer Award and the ISCM National Composers Competition. Professor of Music at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Sheila Silver has written numerous works with Jewish themes, including her recent Piano Concerto and Song of Sarah. Shirat Sarah will be out on the Milken Archive of Jewish Music (Naxos) the summer of 2004. She has written in a wide range of mediums: from solo instrumental works to large orchestral works; from opera to feature film scores. Her musical language is a unique synthesis of the tonal and atonal worlds, coupled with a rhythmic complexity which is both masterful and compelling. Again and again, audiences and critics praise her music as “powerful and emotionally charged, accessible, and masterfully conceived.” The website has a list of works, recordings and reviews.