Violist Ayane Kozasa performs the five-movement work Unspoken, by US composer Daniel Temkin. The work was one of five pieces recognised by the American Viola Society in the 2022 Gardner Composition Competition.

Unspoken (2012-20) is a collection of solo viola miniatures written off and on over many years. Each movement was composed succinctly in a matter of a few days, almost like little diary entries,’ says Temkin.

’The notion of “unspoken” refers to a sense of energy, or emotion, or time - some force that can push and pull, or ebb back and forth freely, without necessarily being spelled out explicitly.’

The intimate sound engineering was done by Grammy-nominated producer Ryan Streber. 

Ayane Kozasa is a laureate of the Primrose Viola Competition and was a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, with whom she received the  M-Prize and the Cleveland Quartet Award. Ayane has performed in Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Ravinia, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. A veteran artist of Music from Angel Fire and the Marlboro Music Festival, Kozasa is a professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She actively champions new music, premiering many new works each season as a soloist, and as a member of The Owls.

Unspoken will feature on Daniel Temkin’s debut solo album COLORS, to be released 8 March 2024 on Orchid Classics.

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