Born: January 5, 1947
Pianist GEORGE F. SPICKA has composed over 500 diverse works ranging from jazz, to electro-acoustic, to chamber and contemporary classical, music for worship and educational purposes.
A member of the Baltimore Composers Forum since 1994, he has debuted and performed over two-dozen new works. He has been showcased in New York twice under the sponsorship of American Music Center’s NewMusicBox editor, Frank Oteri.
His 1988 composition, Free Fall, was used as the theme music for the Maryland Public Television produced TV commercials, promoting the 2008 Baltimore Free Fall Festival.
He conceived and organized the First Annual Baltimore Jazz Composers Showcase, which was held on October 23, 2005, at the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center. This event was the subject of a feature article in the Baltimore Sun by writer Carl Schoettler....
AwardsHonors: A former resident of Silver Spring, MD, he was nominated for the D.C. Mayor's Award for "Outstanding Emerging Artist." That same year, he was a finalist in American Mensa's "Arthur SIG Exchequer Award" for artistic excellence. He competed in the First Annual Theolonius Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and has been awarded two music composition grants by the Maryland State Arts Council for demonstrating "exceptional creativity and originality." He performed as a solo pianist for the Honorable John Conyers (D-Mich) and the Congressional Black Caucus, and was featured as a performer/panelist at the D.C. Federation of Musicians Jazz Symposium. His biography is listed in “Who’s Who in the East” and “2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century.”
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