Duo Cintemani (Rachel Taratoot Ciraldo, flute; Nicholas Ciraldo, guitar): a fun pair of musical talents with a reputation for being distinctive, expressive, and colorful. Early on, they were prizewinners at the 2004 National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition and semifinalists at the 2006 Gaettano Zinetti Chamber Music Competition in Italy. They trained with flutist Thomas Robertello, guitarists David Leisner, Eliot Fisk, and Adam Holzman, clarinetist Ethan Sloane, pianist Edward Auer, and the Shanghai String Quartet. They went on to perform at the Hampden-Sydney Music Festival, where the Richmond Times-Dispatch praised them for their “distinctive readings of the music of Astor Piazzolla” and the Center for Arts in Natick, where they wrote later that “you can’t get better than this!” Duo Cintemani has since performed at prestigious festivals and series such as the Boston Classical Guitar Society Guitar Festival, FestivalSouth, the Pelican State Chamber Series, the Lamar Chamber Series, the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, and several other series across the country. The duo has also been featured artists at the Simposio academico de violão, in Curitiba, Brazil. They have collaborated twice with the Community Partnerships Program of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and performed for the Austin Classical Guitar Society’s Educational Outreach Program, among other organizations. Rachel and Nicholas reside in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
P. Brent Register is a professional composer, musician, and educator. His works have received numerous awards and include premieres in New York City, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Diego. He received the Bachelor of Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His Master of Music degree is from the Manhattan School of Music. He has studied additionally at the Mannes College of Music, the University of Oslo, and the Norges Musikkhogskolen in Oslo. Brent’s compositions include “Songs of the Chinese Poets” for tenor, oboe, and clarinet., “Pausing at the Border” for tenor, piccolo/flute/alto flute and piano, “Symposium” for orchestra, “The Mirror” for soprano, flute and piano, “The Silence Flowering its Birdsong” for tenor, English horn, and piano, The score for the motion picture “Potential Inertia”, and “The Gathering of Lost Children” for soprano, oboe,.cello, piano and percussion. His latest composition is“ The Four Seasons,” for baritone, flute, cello and piano. Additional publications include editing the Alec Templeton “Trio” for flute, oboe, and piano, and arranging “Touring the Hispanic World,” a multi volume set for two flutes and guitar. Brent’s works are represented inthe USA by Alry Publications and Jeanne Publications.