Brian Morales is a New York-based composer and conductor who is noted for his semi-anachronistic style, experimental instrumentation and crisp sonic textures. He was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2012 for his orchestrations in London's West-end production of The Color Purple. His music and arrangements have been performed in Carnegie Hall as well as other notable venues such as Meng Concert Hall and even the Whiskey. His music is appreciated for its evocative blend of contrapuntal complexities in "accessible new music conditions". Originally from California, he has participated in both concert and commercial fields; composing orchestral works, scoring live and electronic film music, producing orchestrations for theatrical productions, and leading new music ensembles in world premieres.
Brian has worked with industry professionals such as Conrad Pope, John Doyle and Cynthia Erivo as well as some of today’s leading composers; Paola Prestini, Missy Mazzoli, and Nicole Mitchell. He was the winner of the 2018 EQT Young Composer Contest where his orchestral piece Arrivals was premiered by the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. Some of his other recent works include Concepts Confused (for Soprano, Tenor Sax and Upright Bass), produced by the Creating Higher Ground Festival in collaboration with mixed media artist, Laura Miller; Autumn Chrysalis (for violin, violoncello, clarinet, pipa, and yangqun) programed by the Sforzando Collective; and Kyrie (for SATB) from his Missa Brevis, which was premiered at the 2017 European American Musical Alliance Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris. Prior works include two short ballets, Blank Space (for violin, clarinet, bassoon, violoncello, and piano) which premiered at the Creating Higher Ground Festival with choreography by Julia Bengtsson, and Was it a Dream? (for violin and violoncello) which premiered at the 2016 New York 10 Dance Festival with choreography by Temple Kemezis . He received his Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Danielpour.
Morales also received notable mention for his work as a conductor on Adam Taylor’s Youtube operas: The Tinder Opera and Something Blue (by Scott Joiner) and Someone Like Me (by Nathan Fletcher). He's recently participated in the 2018 New York Conductor's Workshop as well as the Juilliard Evening Division in orchestral conducting.
Before coming to New York, Brian made a forceful debut in the commercial music scene of Los Angeles. His orchestrations for Greg Nabours’ song cycle, The Trouble With Words and Celebration Theater’s production of The Color Purple garnered him much praise and the opportunity to bring his talents to the West End at Menier Chocolate Factory’s The Color Purple production. Known for making the seemingly impossible possible, Morales produced a full orchestral recording session for the small-budget independent short film, Transcendence, along with a half-dozen other independent films. Morales received his Bachelor's degree from California State University in Fullerton where he studied composition with Dr. Pamela Madsen, counterpoint with Dr. Lloyd Rodgers, and commercial arranging with Bill Cunliffe.
Brian currently is an active chorus member for the virtuosic, award-winning Cantori New York choir where he sings bass under the baton of Maestro Mark Shapiro.