Cameron University’s Dr. Matthew Mireles, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands, has released “Prometheus,” a euphonium solo album, on the Potenza Music record label. The album features Mireles performing music composed by internationally renowned composer John Stevens. Mireles worked in collaboration with Stevens during the entire process, making the album the definitive recordings of these new Stevens’ works.
The recordings include “Prometheus and the Gift of Fire,” scored for euphonium and string orchestra, “Euphonium Concerto,” featuring the University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble, “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano,” and “Sonata for Trombone and Piano.” The latter two feature guest piano Dr. Kirstin Ihde. Mireles is the first to record these specific pieces on the euphonium. He has performed the selections in Linz, Austria, with the Military Wind Ensemble of Upper Austria, and at conferences and guest artist recitals in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, and Michigan.
Mireles joined the Cameron University faculty in 2013 and is in high demand as a conductor and soloist across the country. He was the winner of the 2008 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition, the most prestigious annual international competition for euphonium, as well as the 2007 Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition, the 2007 University of Alabama Concerto-Aria Competition and the 2008 International Tuba Euphonium Conference Chamber Music Competition.
Mireles is also an active chamber musician, playing euphonium with the Boreas Quartet. The group’s "The Serpent's Kiss," has also been released by Potenza Music and is a set of new transcriptions for tuba-euphonium quartet.
April 9, 2015