Hayden Wayne (born 3/2/49) (composer/librettist) may be one of the first in his generation to take the rare route through pop/rock music's highest levels to achieve a firm synthesis of these ideals with classical traditions.
His father, Philip Wayne, gave him his earliest training in music, beginning with piano at the age of four. At five, he played tenor drum in the orchestra pit for a production of The King And I, which his father was conducting. He performed his first original composition in concert at the age of eleven. He won a second prize medal for piano solo from the New York State Music Awards at fifteen. The '70s saw him performing in the pop/rock world for such major-label backed bands as Man (CBS Records) and Jobriath (Elektra Records). He toured with the likes of Sly Stone, Jimmy Page & The Yardbirds, Billy Joel, Gordon Lightfoot, Gladys Knight, Richie Havens, and the Fifth Dimension. Eventually, tired of touring, he returned to composition. In his unique position - with a classical training and a wealth of pop/rock experience - he began experimenting with a synthesis of various genres/styles.
In 1983, Wayne opened a new theater, The Taper, Too, for the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles with his metaphorical circus WIRE. He won $10,000 USD as national first place in 1987 from the National Institute for Music Theater with NEON (A Street Opera) . In 2000, NEON won an additional 25,000 DM prize in the International Prague Opera Competition. He was commissioned to write IN MEMORIAM: A CELEBRATION, by the Interfaith Concert of Holocaust Remembrance. The work was premiered at Saint John the Divine in New York in 1993. Subsequently this work was linked with SINFONIETTA # 1: THE KLEZMER and AN ELEGY INTO MADNESS. The combined pieces were specifically commissioned for the Fiftieth Anniversary of Israel, and titled A TRIPTYCH, which received its world première at Mandel Hall, the University of Chicago in January 1998.
In February 1995, his SYMPHONY #4-FUNK had its world premiere at the Janacek Theatre in Brno, The Czech Republic. It sold out in one week seven months in advance and was requested to be part of the Twentieth Century Music Festival and performed at The Rudolfinum in Prague October 21, 1995. The recording of the work would ultimately find itself on the music play-list of President Bill Clinton’s Air Force One!
On 11/25/98, as part of the reopening ceremonies of the Spanish Synagogue in Prague, THE ROSENBERBER VARIATIONS had its world premiere in front of a standing room only audience, including fifteen heads of state and a representative from the Vatican.
Mr. Wayne also has several film scores and award-winning commercials for television to his credit. To date, Mr. Wayne has written over four hundred compositions including: SYMPHONY #1-THE SYMPHONY OF FRIENDS; the ballet CIRQUE DE LA LUNE; DRACULA (Opera Erotica) …the unwillingness to leave our dreams… (full orchestra & chamber heavy-metal versions); PIANO CONCERTO #1 (The Rock "n' Roll) and CELLO CONCERTO #1, which are paired as a diptych; SINFONIETTA #2 (It's a Boy) and #3 (The Emerald); VIOLIN/PIANO SONATA (The "Kraft"); SYMPHONY #1-THE SYMPHONY OF FRIENDS; The Symphonic Trilogy: #2-REGGAE, #3-HEAVY METAL, #4-FUNK; and SYMPHONY #5 AFRICA [A Tone Poem] (all recorded by the State Philharmonic of Brno, on New Millennium Records); the choral symphony, SYMPHONY #6-THE GIFT; SYMPHONY #7-CELESTIAL DANCES; SYMPHONY #8-1421; the choral symphony, SYMPHONY #9-THE HOOP OF LIFE; SYMPHONY #10-DANCES ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON; the string quartets: THE NUZEROV QUARTETS #1-The Rosenberger Variations and #2-The Romantic, # 3, 4 & 5, #6, 7 & 8, and # 9 & 10, performed by the Wallinger String Quartet; FIVE DANCES FOR CELLO AND PIANO and PIANO QUINTET #1 (all available on New Millennium Records); and hundreds of songs in various eclectic styles.