Darryl Kubian

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"The piece [3-2-1, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra] balances the sort of electronic effects taken for granted in pop music with an open-hearted lyricism redolent of mainstream film scores, as it moves from an evocation of the Big Bang to a pool of idyllic repose to a cyclic, out-the-door rush.  ... [The piece] brims with imagination.  (New Jersey Star Ledger)


DARRYL KUBIAN is an accomplished composer, thereminist, and violinist. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by orchestras throughout North America, and his music embraces warm tonality and sweeping textures, and evokes expansive, natural lyricism.

Darryl has performed as theremin soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, Darryl performed theremin for THE LITTLE MERMAID by Lera Auerbach with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and the Hamburg Ballet. In July of 2015, Darryl was the featured theremin soloist in the Lincoln Center Festival's production of "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton."  In the same month, Darryl performed as theremin soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, again performing the works of Danny Elfman.  As theremin soloist with the New Jersey Symphony, Kubian has performed Bachianis Brasileires No. 5 by Villa-Lobos, the theme from Star Trek, and the Spellbound Suite by Miklos Rozsa.  Darryl's performance of Two Songs Without Words for Theremin and Piano by Herbert Deutsch is featured on Deutsch's CD release of his works, "From Moog to Mac."

In March of 2015, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will premiere his newest work, O for a Muse of Fire, a concert overture based on Shakespeare’s Henry V. During the 2007–08 season, the NJSO gave the premiere of Kubian’s 3-2-1 Concerto for Electric and Acoustic Violin and Orchestra—an NJSO commission dedicated to then-Music Director Neeme Järvi and NJSO Concertmaster (and soloist) Eric Wyrick. Following its critically acclaimed premiere, Scientific American featured 3-2-1 in its “60-Second Science” blog, describing the work as a “beautiful example of what happens when artists are inspired by scientific discoveries.”  

Kubian’s “The Maestro Waltz,” a special 70th-birthday piece for Neeme Järvi, was the featured encore during a number of 2006 NJSO concerts; it is also mentioned in Järvi’s biography, The Maestro’s Touch. Other recent works include the symphonic overture Occam’s Razor, premiered in May 2009 and performed by the Omaha Symphony in March of 2012, and by the National Repertory Orchestra in July of 2015.

Kubian's engaging, fluid style has been featured in his extensive soundtrack work, including scores for the Wildlife Conservation Society, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Pangolin Pictures, NHK, CBS, The Learning Channel, and many others.  A few highlights of his work for National Geographic include being chief composer for the popular "Really Wild Animals" show, and his commission to compose the first official rearrangement of the National Geographic theme.  For the Wildlife Conservation Society, Darryl has composed soundtracks for USAid, the US Department of Defense, and the Bronx Zoo.

Also a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s first violin section and former principal second violin of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Kubian has been a featured soloist with the NJSO on the theremin. A jazz musician and improvisor, Kubian has performed with jazz violin with trumpeter Randy Brecker in a Charlie Parker program entitled “Bird Lives!” and has arranged and performed Ellington’s “Sacred Songs” in collaboration with the Jazz Studies Program at Rutgers University. Kubian’s improvisational skills have been highlighted with artists such as Nigel Kennedy, Al Jarreau, Bobby Short and Renée Fleming. He has recorded with such noted artists as Trevor Pinnock, Malcolm Bilson, Meredith Monk, Bruno Weil, Zdenek Macal and Phillip Glass.

Darryl is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he studied both violin and composition.  Darryl's teachers have included Charles Wuorinen, Philip Corner, Hiroko Yajima, Benjamin Hudson, and Arnold Steinhardt. He has been featured guest speaker at several universities, and also teaches privately, when time allows. Darryl makes his home with his wife JoAnna Farrer in both NJ and Vermont, with their many musical instruments, and several dog and cat companions.