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“A talent the ear wants to follow wherever it goes” (Boston Globe), Gregory Mertl has garnered commissions from the Tanglewood Music Center (1999), the Rhode Island Philharmonic (2000), the Tarab Cello Ensemble (2001), the Phoenix Symphony (2001), the Wind Ensembles of the Big Ten Universities (2002), the Ostrava Oboe Festival, Czech Republic (2005, 2009), Kenneth Meyer and the Hanson Institute (2006), and the Barlow Endowment for a piano concerto for pianist Solungga Liu and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Craig Kirchhoff, conductor, which will be released by Innova Records in 2014.
Born in 1969, Mertl has degrees from Yale University (BA 1991) and the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D. in Music Composition 2005). A 1998 Tanglewood Composition Fellow, he studied there with Henri Dutilleux and Mauricio Kagel.
His most recent works are two song cycles, "Gathering What Is To Be Told" for mezzo and guitar and "On To Stillness" for mezzo, oboe, guitar and percussion (the Connecticut State Music Teacher’s Association 2013 Commission), and a piece for flute and piano, "The Way Things Are", commissioned by the University of Oregon for Molly Barth and David Riley. Currently, he is composing a cello concerto for the French cellist Xavier Phillips.