Bob Telson

sp11-HR-bob-telson-150Bob Telson grew up in Brooklyn, New York, studying classical piano from the age of five. He studied pipe organ, counterpoint, and harmony with Nadia Boulanger and received his B.A. in music from Harvard. During the 70s, he played keyboards with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Tito Puente, The Five Blind Boys, and Machito, among others.

Telson has partnered with Lee Breuer to produce music theater works including The Gospel at Colonus (which received a 1984 Obie Award for Best Musical, as well as Pulitzer, Tony, and Granmmy nominations) and The Warrior Ant (performed at Spoleto Festival USA 1988).

Telson's Chronicle of a Death Foretold, an adaptation of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, received a Tony nomination for Best Musical. His first movie score, for Bagdad Cafe, received an Oscar nomination for the song "Calling You." His songs have been recorded by Celine Dion, Joe Cocker, k.d. lang, George Benson, George Michael, Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand, as well as many gospel and choir groups.

Telson resides in Buenos Aires and has recently released his latest CD, Trip, with his wife, Argentine singer Isabel de Sebastian.


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