Harris holds advanced degrees from the prestigious Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music where he studied with David Diamond, Samuel Adler, and Pulitzer Prize recipient Joseph Schwantner. An accomplished pianist, Mr. Harris has also attained proficiency in many of the orchestral instruments in his pursuit of excellence as a composer. He is a musician of diverse musical interests, which are reflected in his extensive experience as an arranger, accompanist, and studio musician. Recent compositions include New Angels for solo violin and orchestra, which was commissioned and given its world premiere by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s Texas premiere was given by the Austin Symphony Orchestra to another enthusiastic capacity audience. Other recent works include the piano quintet Voodoo Trances-Spectral Dances, and the Duo-Sonata for two violins, both commissioned by the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, Don’t Push The River for two pianos and orchestra, and his first piece for Violin Octet, Ballet of the Apparitions, to be given its world premiere by the Albert Consort on November 2, 2005.