Informed by the Techniques
and by the Aesthetics
we HAVE received from our Teachers,
the guardians of the Tradition;
Inspired by the legacy of the historical Canon,
we are a movement of composers,
striving to bring to life
a Contemporary American
Our aim is to spark a
new Renaissance of Western Art Music.
Our common purpose is to
bring a renewed sense of
Culture and Spirituality,
an affirmation of Life
and OF A Higher Purpose,
to a collective psyche
that has been hurt
by the ravages of a profound and prolonged civilizational crisis.
Moshe Solomon Knoll
Pianist-Composer Moshe Solomon Knoll was educated at The Juilliard School in New York, and at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.
He earned the B.M. and M.M. Degrees from Juilliard, having studied Piano with Herbert Stessin, William Masselos and Beveridge Webster. Dr. Knoll studied Composition at Juilliard with David Diamond, Michael White and Lawrence Widdoes.
He also received mentoring in composition from Vincent Persichetti and from Richard Danielpour. At the University of Arizona Knoll studied Piano with Ozan Marsh, and Composition with Robert Muczinski and Dan Asia.
He also received instruction in Baroque and Classical Performance Practice from Anthony Newman.
A virtuoso pianist, Dr. Knoll has been performing his own compositions for over four decades now, to the acclaim of international audiences.
One of the highlights of his early career was a 1986 apperance at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall; at which Dr. Knoll performed his Piano Sonata #1. In the concert review, Tim Page from the New York Times wrote:
"Mr. Knoll is not just a pianist, but a composer as well, and he plays that way. His interpretations emphasized formal structure and came to most vivid life in the complex passages of the music he played. One of Mr. Knoll's compositions, his Sonata #1, was flashy, melodic, economical, and played with appropriate authority."
Dr. Knoll has had a distinguished career as a Chamber Musician and as a Collaborative Pianist. After training with Professor Miri Singer, from Tel Aviv University, he served as Harpsichordist Continuo and Librarian for the Apollonia Ensemble for Early Music, in Israel. Two of his arrangements were performed at the Israel Festival by the Phoenix Ensemble for Early Music, under the directorship of Professor Myrna Herzog.
He has also been active in the field of Jewish Liturgical music, having accompanied the noted Cantors Dov Keren, Simon Cohen and Irwin Goldstein. He has collaborated with the Zamir Chorale of Boston, under the baton of Maestro Joshua Jacobson.
Dr. Knoll has performed Lieder with the noted German Baritone Johannes Held.
Knoll's compositions include Chamber and Vocal works as well as Solo piano Music.
He has also written pedagogical material and etudes for piano students of all levels.
His compositions have been heard in the UK, Germany, Spain, Venezuela, Brazil, Israel and in taiwan. In the USA; his music has been heard in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Kansas, Arizona and in California.
Among recent highlights there was a successful performance of his PSALM 133 for Soprano, Violin Obbligato and String Orchestra; featuring soloists Allison Charney, Soprano, and Laura Jean Goldberg, Violin, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestra Barbara Day Turner; at the San Jose City Hall, San Jose, CA.
This composition was subsequently performed twice in NYC by the ArtsAhimsa Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Professor Thomas Elefant; and also at the NJPAC by the Mid-Atlantic Opera Orchestra, this time with Kelly Hall-Tompkins playing the solo violin, under the baton of Professor Jason Tramm, in Newark, New Jersey.
Knoll's "Toccatta in the Phrygian Mode", for Piano and Cello was perfomed by Martin Perry and Misha Veselov at the LyricaFest Chamber Music Festival in Lincoln, MA in 2012.
His "Anthem of Unity," on texts by Meister Eckhart, for Piano Trio and Baritone Solo was premiered in Beverly Hills by UCLA Professor Michael Dean in 2014.
In 2015 ArtsAhimsa presented a Concert Retrospective of Moshe Knoll's works, spanning the years 1975-2014; this event took place at The Mary Lea Johnson Performing Arts Center, at The Calhoun School in NYC.
Dr. Knoll's String Quartet, "Memories of Novardok" had its world premiere in 2017 at the concert "I am for my Beloved"
at The Museum at Eldridge Street, in NYC.
Moshe S. Knoll is one of the featured composers on the soundtrack of the award-winning documentary film "God Knows Where I Am; the Linda Bishop Story" (2017), produced by Todd and Jedd Wider, starring actress Lori Singer. The film score was recorded by the Manhattan Symphonie under the baton of Maestro Gregory Singer.
Dr. Knoll's Chamber Cantata "Simplicity" on texts by Henry David Thoreau, was premiered by the Ark Trio; Allison Charney, Soprano, Reiko Uchida, Piano, and Kajsa William-Olsson, Cello, at Symphony Space in NYC in 2017.
Also In 2017; he was invited to participate in the celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Lenox, MA.
"The Lenox Suite", for Piano and Violin, with a Choral Finale, was premiered to great acclaim at the concert marking the conclusion of the festive year. Maestro knoll was at the Piano, with Laura Jean Goldberg playing the Violin solo, both being joined by the Cantilena Choir, under the baton of Professor Andrea Goodman. This concert took place at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lenox, MA.
His Meditation II for solo piano has been recorded by the eminent Russian Pianist Anna Sutyagina for Moving Classics TV, in Munich, Germany, in 2018.
Dr. Knoll sits on the board of DAHA, the Dvorak American Heritage Association, and there he serves as Co-Curator of the concert series "Dvorak: The Chamber Music Survey" which will present the complete chamber works of Antonin Dvorak at Bohemian National Hall in NYC.
He also serves as Staff Pianist at Ballet Hispánico School of Dance in New York City.
A large selection of the compositions listed on this website can now be purchased at Sheet Music Plus.
Dr. Knoll has been Composer-in-Residence and Director of Musical Research at ArtsAhimsa since 2012.