Orpheus, a masque for baritone, chamber ensembles and dancers, C.F. Peters, NY
American Visions: Two Songs on Poems of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, for baritone and chamber ensemble, C.F. Peters, NY (Winner: 1999 Heckscher Foundation Prize)
Romulus, an opera in one act, American Composers Alliance
Percussion Quartet, C.F. Peters, NY
Voyages for alto saxophone and piano, C.F. Peters
Sonata da Camera, for violin and piano. C. F. Peters
Three Epigrams for piano, American Composers Alliance
String Quartet #2, C.F.Peters
Rustic Dances, C.F. Peters
"A Way Separate...", C.F. Peters
Romulus, Naxos CD #8.669030; Matrix, Albany Records, Troy CD #895 (Chamber Music of Louis Karchin, including Percussion Quartet and Voyages); Orpheus and other works, Albany Records, Troy CD #770 (Vocal Music of Louis Karchin); American Visions, New World Records CD #80583-2 (Chamber Music of Louis Karchin, including Sonatada Camera, String Quartet #2, Rustic Dances, and "A Way Separate..."); Music of Louis Karchin CRI CD #739 (now distributed by New World Records, includes Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Ricercare, and Gallactic Folds); Works by Louis Karchin and Michelle Ekezian, New World CD #80425-2 (includes Capriccio for Violin and Seven Instruments, and Songs of John Keats).
Described by the New Yorker as a composer of "fearless eloquence," Louis Karchin has been honored with performances of his music throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. Mr. Karchin recently conducted his 2009 Chamber Symphony at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall as part of the 2011 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. His first opera, Romulus was released in June of 2011 by Naxos Records, and was premiered earlier at the Guggenheim Museum's Peter B. Lewis Theatre. Thirty-one of his compositions are published by C.F. Peters Corporation, and his music is extensively recorded on Naxos, New World, and Albany labels. Mr. Karchin is currently at work on a commission from the Network for New Music of Philadelphia as well as a second opera.
The recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for 2011-12, Mr. Karchin also has been recognized by awards from the Koussevitzky and Barlow Foundations, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. A frequent conductor of new music, he is Music Director of the Orchestra of the League of Composers, co-founder and conductor of the Chamber Players of the League-ISCM, Co-director of the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, and a co-founder of the Harvard Group for New Music.