BM, Southern Methodist University; MM, University of Cincinnati; DMA, Rutgers University
Lynn Raley has performed across the United States, and in Canada, The Netherlands, Taiwan, and Thailand. He has presented solo concerts of contemporary music in Dallas, Houston, Cincinnati, and New York and given concert-talks on contemporary music at numerous colleges and music schools, including the Juilliard School, Rice University, Westminster Choir College, Anderson University, and the Taipei National University of the Arts. His commitment to the music of our time has brought him engagements at the Santa Fe and Florida international festivals of electroacoustic music, the renowned NewMusicNewCollege series in Sarasota FL, and contemporary music festivals in Texas, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee.
Dr. Raley was a Fulbright Scholar in 2012-13, teaching at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, and performing solo concerts around the island that showcased new scores by both American and Taiwanese composers. In 2015, he performed at the Burapha Music and Performing Arts International Festival in Thailand with baritone James Martin. In the U.S., he has performed with the Houston Symphony under Akira Endo, Cincinnati Philharmonia under Gerhard Samuel, Rutgers Summerfest Orchestra under Carl St. Clair, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra under Crafton Beck. Chamber music collaborations include the José White and Amabilé string quartets.
Last year Raley released two world premiere recordings on the Nimbus label in the space of four months. Critic Kate Wakeling in the BBC Music Magazine wrote about his solo album Maëlstrom: Contemporary American Piano Music “Rich in colour and contrast, Maëlstrom is a welcome collection of contemporary piano music by four distinguished composers. Thoughtfully complied and skillfully performed by Lynn Raley, the album places challenging new works alongside more accessible and vibrant pieces…[This is] a highly commendable release, offering rich insight into contemporary American music for piano.” Raley can also be heard in contemporary solo and ensemble works on the Leonarda and Capstone labels.