John G. Bilotta was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, but has spent most his life in the San Francisco Bay Area where he studied composition, theory, and orchestration with Frederick Saunders.
A recipient of multiple commissions, grants, and awards, John has seen his works performed around the world by such outstanding soloists and ensembles as Rarescale, the Kiev Philharmonic, Earplay, Chamber Mix, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, the Talea Ensemble, the Avenue Winds, and VocalWorks.
In 2005, his Concerto for Wind Quartet and Orchestra was premiered by the Oakland Civic Orchestra under Martha Stoddard and was subsequently recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic under Robert Ian Winstin. By the end of 2008, nearly a dozen of John's chamber and orchestral works will have been recorded and released on CD.
Recently, his short comic opera Quantum Mechanic, with libretto by John F. McGrew, won the 2007 Opera-in-a-Month Competition. Quantum Mechanic will receive three fully-staged productions in the San Francisco Bay Area in November, 2008, by the Goat Hall Productions/Cabaret Opera Company.
Since 2006, John has been Music Director of the San Francisco Chamber Wind Festival held every July at the Conservatory; and co-directs with Brian Bice and C. Michael Reese the Festival of Contemporary Music held every August in the Bay Area. He is a member of the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, NACUSA, BMI, and the Society of Composers, Inc., for which he is editor of SCION, the SCI's opportunities newsletter, and a member of the organization's Executive Council.
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