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Sunny Knable

Piano, Accordion, Composer

California-born and New York-based, Sunny Knable (b. 1983) is a multi-faceted composer with numerous awards to his credit, including three Best Composition Awards from the Festival of New American Music and the ANALOG ARTS Iron Composers Award, for which he wrote a four-minute piece in five hours. Knable’s music has been described as "great!" (TheWholeNote), "genius" (Anchorage Press), "entertaining" (Audiophile Audition), "witty, romantic and lilting" (, offering up "sparks of color and inventiveness" (Sacramento Bee), and possessing a "wealth of thematic invention" ( His works are widely performed. In 2019, The Perspective Collective commissioned him to write the one-act opera The Pride of Pripyat with his brother, Jim Knable, as librettist. In 2017, his chamber opera Beethoven in Love was performed at the National Opera Center and in 2016, his Symphony No. 2 "The Great Expanse" was premiered by Leo Eylar the California Youth Symphony, which had commissioned the work. Since its premiere in 2012, The Magic Fish, an opera for young audiences by The Brothers Knable, has been performed across the United States. Dr. Knable serves as Music Director of The Church-in-the-Gardens; composer for The Garden Players, a theatrical group for children; and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens College and LaGuardia Community College. He holds a PhD in Music Composition from Stony Brook University, a Master of Arts degree in Composition from Queens College (CUNY) and a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition, Piano Performance and Jazz Studies from CSU Sacramento. Other professional credits include his debut album "American Variations" on Centaur Records and his composition album with bassoonist Scott Pool and pianist Natsuki Fukasawa, "Song of the Redwood Tree" on MSR Classics. His bassoon works, Song of the Redwood-Tree and The Busking Bassoonist are published by TrevCo-Varner Music. All other works are published by Trouvère Publishing. He continues to reside in Forest Hills, NY while fulfilling commissions from around the country.

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