Philip Maneval has composed more than 60 solo, chamber music, vocal and orchestral works, and a full-length musical. During the past few seasons, he has received world-premieres of his Violin Concerto by the Bucharest Philharmonic in Romania; sonatas for violin and piano at the Curtis Institute of Music; his Piano Quartet by Trio Cavatina and violist Burchard Tang; a Sonata for French Horn and Piano by Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and pianist Charles Abramovic; and other chamber music works. Last year, he was the Composer-in-Residence at Rowan University, which included a full performance of his music. Mr. Maneval’s music has been performed also by leading pianists including Cynthia Raim and Ignat Solzhenitsyn; by members of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Juilliard, Mendelssohn and Orion String Quartets; by violinists Joseph Lin, Diane Monroe and the late Felix Galimir, who commissioned his Sextet for Strings; by cellists Marcy Rosen, Peter Wiley and the late Siegfried Palm; and by ensembles including the Chicago and Miami String Quartets, the Mannes and Saguaro Piano Trios, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and Filarmonica De Stat Sibiu.
Mr. Maneval is known also for his role in arts administration. Since 1982, he has worked at the Marlboro Music School and Festival, the renowned summer chamber music institute in Vermont, of which he is the Manager. In 1986, he joined Anthony Checchia in founding the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and is PCMS’ Executive Director. Since its founding, PCMS has grown into one of the world’s largest concert forums, with an annual season of 60 performances and 50 educational programs. PCMS is one of the founding Resident Companies of the Kimmel Center. In addition to Network for New Music, Mr. Maneval has served as a director of the Musical Fund Society, Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Lyra Society. He was raised in the New York City suburb of Leonia, in northern New Jersey. He received a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, studying composition with Richard Wernick, George Crumb and George Rochberg; and an undergraduate degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied composition and conducting, and philosophy and liberal arts at Oberlin College.