B.A. 2007, Music
Noam Faingold has been living out of a suitcase – and that’s a good thing for a young musician who is making his mark in the music industry.
A composer and a performer, a teacher and a student, Faingold spends much of his time in London and New York City. That’s when he’s not in Berlin or Aspen. Then again, lately he’s been closer to home in Tulsa and Bartlesville.
“I just have all of these ideas, all of the time. It never really stops,” he said.
In June 2010, he debuted a commissioned arrangement of two Beethoven works for a performance by the Tulsa-based Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, which is led by fellow TU alumnus Brian Haas (B.A. ’96). The result, Ludwig, premiered at the OK Mozart festival to critical acclaim.
“I basically had to take the symphonies apart and put them back together,” he said. “The proportions are all still 100 percent intact.”
Faingold started playing punk and metal guitar at 12, and then became interested in classical music when he entered college at The University of Tulsa.
“The orchestra was very important to me. It wasn’t until I started playing classical music that I started to understand it,” he said, adding that it wasn’t simply music courses at TU that contributed to his success. Philosophy classes, a Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge research fellowship, and the Honors Program helped shape his views of the world.
His current projects include a violin and piano sonata and a concerto for virtuoso double bassist Kurt Muroki (Chamber Music at Lincoln Center). He is writing and performing with his own rock orchestra, too; his favorite instrument these days is the double bass. The Noam Faingold Orchestra placed in the top 20 out of 2,000 entries from 88 countries in the BBC’s Next Big Thing 2007 competition.
In the spring of 2011, Faingold was accepted to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar with an Edward T. Cone Fellowship (3,300 euros for four days). He will participate in the seminar “Instrumental Value: The Transformative Power of Music,” which examines how music helps shape society.
Faingold is a member of the NYC-based Circles and Lines and Detour composer collectives and is the composer-in-residence at the Midtown School for the Performing Arts in Tulsa.
He is a Ph.D. degree student in music composition at King’s College London on a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship with a teaching assistantship in music analysis. He earned his master’s degree in music composition from New York University in 2009.
His music was selected for performance at the Aspen Music Festival and Bowdoin Festival’s Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, and has been performed at Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Tulsa International Mayfest, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette Gallery, and Liederkranz concert hall.
Faingold studied composing and film scoring with Dr. Joseph L. Rivers, a TU music professor. Rivers says Faingold was as innovative as he was industrious.
“He is very creative and gifted,” Rivers said. “I don’t know of anyone who has done as well in creating networks of people to perform his compositions in this country. He is on his way to a very successful compositional career.”