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Emmanuel Sikora was born on July 3rd 1991 in Ithaca, NY. He began playing the piano at six, and began composing a year or so later. In the fall he will be a tenth-grade student at Cortland Junior-Senior High School, and an active composer and musician. He plays at the Blue Frog Cafe, a coffeehouse in downtown Cortland, on most Sundays. His music is generally premiered at classical music festivals held there four or so times a year, sponsored by his father, John Sikora.
His Style and Inspiration
Almost all of Emmanuel music is romantic, being influenced particularly by composers who lived and flourished between 1810 and 1910; this would include Beethoven, Schubert, Weber, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Bruckner, Mahler and Scriabin. On occasion, Emmanuel will use jazz harmonies. Emmanuel is first and foremost a songwriter, particularly influenced by Schubert and Schumann. Emmanuel will also write piano pieces, chamber works, symphonies and even opera (though no works in the latter two genres have been fully completed). These other compositions are secondary works, but should not be despised. The piano works have been, so far, the works that have received the most public recognition. They have been performed at Classical Music Festivals at The Blue Frog. Emmanuel's chief inspirations are nature, and passive, patient thoughts about life itself; hence a lot of his music has a dreamy, pensive quality to it. One can hear some audio samples of some of his music * at EmmanuelSikora.Com
Emmanuel has written some-odd 300 compositions since he was eight years old. All but two (a "symphony in F" and a "Concerto on 19th Century Themes in f# minor") have been performed to a large audience.
Compositions on the Web (emmanuelsikora.com)
Grand Waltz Brilliante in g# minor: c. 4 minutes (without repeats); composed on August 15th, 2005
Mazurka in A major: c. 5 minutes; composed between September 17th and 18th 2005'
Suite for Piano: c. 3 minutes (in three movements); composed between February 27th and April 22nd, 2006