Evan Mack

Evan Mack

Evan Mack is the composer and librettist of Angel of the Amazon, which premiered in May 2011 by Encompass New Opera Theatre at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City and has been released worldwide by Albany Records. He is the 2013 winner of Atlanta Opera's 24-hour Opera Project. His new opera, The Secret of Luca, premiered in Cincinnati in 2012 and is being workshopped across the country. As an acclaimed pianist, he has toured all over the United States, Barcelona, and South Africa. Mack's newest opera is an adaptation of the best-selling novel, Roscoe, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy.

As a composer, he has produced five full musicals. His Choral Suite, Langston Hughes’ Dream of Freedom, is a Selection Winner of the National Association of Composers, San Francisco and the UCM New Music. Hailed as “the Springtime Nutcracker,” Mack’s Pinocchio premiered in the Charleston Civic Center by the Charleston Ballet. His work for two pianos, “American Groove,” has been by the Westhuizen Duo all across the United States and South Africa throughout 2011, and was a Selection Winner for the SCI Regional Conference in 2010, premiering in Greensboro, NC. His choir piece, Of Fire and Form, commissioned by the WV chapter of the ACDA, premiered in February, 2011 at the Clay Center in Charleston, WV, and is currently on tour with the Marshall University Chamber Choir.

Mack has been making waves in the opera world. Opera News called his work, "rousing...in the realm of Barber, Menotti, and Carlisle Floyd...a worthy contemporary opera." The NY Daily News hailed his opera as, "Amazing!" As a pianist, Evan has performed in the Kentucky Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Chamber Players, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; including a performance in Carnegie Hall. He performed live for the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Evan has studied with Michael Chertock of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Michael Slayton, and Dr. Stan Link. He's participated in master classes by George Crumb, Seymour Lipkin, Emanuel Ax, and James Tocco. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and is an Assistant Professor of music at Skidmore College.