Raymond Songayllo, born August 23, 1930 in Chicopee, Massachusetts, earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano from Northwestern University. He studied at Aspen, in New York with Alexander Uninsky and Grant Johannesen, and in Boston with Alexander Borovsky. He has performed throughout the U.S. and has appeared twice at Carnegie Recital Hall. As a composer, he has had works presented in various venues, college and university events, festivals and conferences, and in Fontainebleau, working in composition at the Conservatoire Americaine. He won the Keyboard Category Award at the Delius Competition at Jacksonville University in 1976, 1992, and 1993. He has received grants from both the Minnesota Composers Forum and Meet the Composer.
After 27 years of college/university teaching, he is currently performing, lecturing, composing, and adjudicating. In June of 1990, he made his European debut with two solo recitals in Geneva under the auspices of Concerts Atlantique of New York. Mr. Songayllo is a founding member of the lowa Composers Forum, and was the recipient of the 1993 Pyle Commission for his Piano Quintet. In the summer of 1994 he was one of 18 pianists at the French Piano Institute in Paris, appearing in recital at the Salle Cortot. In June 1995 he performed a lecture/recital at the College Music Society International Conference in Berlin. In July of 1996 he again performed at the Salle Cortot, and also premiered a new composition, Hommage a Faure, in the Salle Munch of the Ecole Normale.
In the 1996-97 season, Mr. Songayllo has appeared as soloist and composer in various venues, including, again, at the College Music Society Conference in Vienna. His compositions include works for solo piano, harpsichord, piano with instrumental combinations, songs, orchestral compositions. His style is eclectic, employing both tonal and non-tonal styles.
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The composer writes, “I was awarded the 2008 Etzel Commission by the Iowa Composers Forum for my Sonatine for Piano; I performed two solo recitals, August 28 and 30 in Saratoga Springs, NY, at the Unitarian Church and Beekman Gallery; and was awarded ‘Teacher of the Year 2009’ at the Des Moines (IA) Symphony Academy.”
Sonata for flute and piano was introduced September 14, 2008, by Anne Stein with the composer at the piano, Des Moines (IA) Symphony Academy; the performance was repeated October 8, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Des Moines. Fantasy for two pianos, was first heard February 1, 2009, in a performance by Robert Lien and the composer, Drake University, Des Moines; and again, February 8, for the Des Moines Symphony Academy. The composer gave the first performance of Sonatine for Piano, October 11, at Luther College for the Iowa Composers’ Forum Conference. Three New England Moods, for alto flute and piano, was given its premiere October 18 by Stein and the composer, at Des Moines Symphony Academy; with a further performance November 4, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Des Moines.
Western Set for piano four-hands, was performed May 17, 2009, by Jenny Graham-Zimmerman and the composer, Des Moines Symphony Academy.