Brian Morales is a New York-based emerging composer and conductor who regularly collaborates with ballet choreographers. His music has been described as evocatively simple with deceptively intriguing challenges. He is also known for his orchestrations including London's West End production of The Color Purple; which was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2012 for Best Orchestration.
As a composer, he was the winner of the 2018 EQT Young Composer Contest where his orchestral piece Arrivals was premiered by the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. His piano trio To This Great Land was performed at the English Music Festival in Yorkshire and he has two premieres scheduled with the Baltimore Philharmonia and the Cypress Symphonic Winds this spring. Some of his other recent works include Autumn Chrysalis (for violin, violoncello, clarinet, pipa, and yangqun) programed by the Sforzando Collective; and Kyrie (for SATB) from his Missa Brevis, which premiered at the 2017 European American Musical Alliance Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris.
His recent ballet The Ears Have The Wall was his most ambitious project to date; a 35 minute multi-movement ballet featuring a string quintet with piano and four dancer with choreographer, Julia Bengtsson. Prior works include two short ballets: Blank Space (for violin, clarinet, bassoon, violoncello, and piano) which was performed at the 2018 Fast-Forward Festival with choreography by 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 of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music under the direction of Dr. Richard Danielpour with a premiere by the MSM’s Composer’s Orchestra and he received his Bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton where he studied composition with Dr. Pamela Madsen, counterpoint with Dr. Lloyd Rodgers, and commercial arranging with Bill Cunliffe.
Before coming to New York, Brian made a forceful debut in the commercial music scene of Los Angeles. His orchestrations for Greg Nabours’s 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 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 has stepped in as guest conductor for the Novus et Antiquus Orchestra, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia and the Amadeo Philharmonic. He's recently participated in the 2018 New York Conductor's Workshop with the Chamber Orchestra of New York and completed further training at the Juilliard Evening Division in orchestral conducting.
Prior to moving to New York, Brian co-founded and served as the initial music director of the Orange County Collegiate Orchestra (an ensemble of college level musicians who sought to bring classical music to the community). He served as the assistant conductor for Kimo Furomoto and the Cal State Fullerton’s Symphony Orchestra and the conductor for the CSUF’s New Music Ensemble where he worked alongside Paola Prestini, Missy Mazolli, Conrad Pope and Nicole Mitchell.
Brian currently is an active chorus member for the acclaimed, award-winning Cantori NY choir where he sings bass under the baton of Maestro Mark Shapiro.