Manly Romero (b.1966, San Francisco)
After receiving a bassoon performance diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), Manly Romero turned his focus to composition. Bachelor’s studies at SFCM with David Conte and Conrad Susa led to his first serious compositions, including Concertino for Violin and Orchestra, premiered by Artea, and The Legend of Chang’Er, premiered by the San Francisco Symphony.
Under the mentorship of William Albright, Michael Daugherty, Susan Botti, Betsy Jolas, and particularly William Bolcom, at the University of Michigan, Romero completed a DMA while composing orchestral works such as Spirals (recorded on the Klavier Gold label and available from Amazon.com); Cortège; Blanco, Azul, Rojo; and his opera, Dreaming of Wonderland. These compositions garnered awards and commissions from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Composers’ Orchestra, The Ragdale Foundation, American Music Center, San Francisco Camerata Americana, NYFA, and most recently the Hoeffer Commission from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Romero’s compositions have been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, New York City Opera, the Memphis Symphony, American Composers’ Orchestra, San Francisco Camerata Americana, Artea, City Winds, the Alban Duo, Quintessence, Ursula’s End, Lost Dog, Round Rock Symphony, and many others. Upcoming performances in the 2010-11 season include the premiere of Doppelgänger (a quadruple concerto for 2 solo trumpets, 2 solo violins and double ensemble), and a new work for Ursula. Manly has been a member of RAM since since 2006.