LYRICIST, composer, conductor and music arranger Tom Price is fast establishing himself as a popular speaker.
Price, who won the gold prize for songwriting at the 12th Tokyo Music Festival in 1983, has been successful in introducing the concept of “harmony of science and religion” through his talks in various parts of the world including Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and his homeland, the United States.
After attaining success as a professional composer for his best known work in choral and orchestral music, Price is now traversing the globe and addressing a diverse range of audiences to share his understanding on how spiritual principles apply in one’s daily life, just like how science plays an important role in human life.
The 57-year-old, who was director of the Voices of Bahá international choir, has also directed public concerts in more than 40 countries over the past 20 years.
These include performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, Mozart Concert House in Vienna, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and dozens of fine auditoriums throughout the world.
In 1986, he collaborated with renowned Indian composer Ravi Shankar in combining Indian and Western musical elements for the opening and dedication of the Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi.
Price studied music composition at the University of Sydney in Australia, where he lived for 18 years, working as a composer, arranger and conductor of music for film, television and commercial recordings.
Since moving to the United States in 1988, he has produced several fine choral, gospel and jazz recordings. He heads the independent recording label Claire Vision Productions in Tennessee.
Price, who made his second visit to Malaysia recently, said during his first trip, he toured with a group of more than 200 musicians to Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.
“Our aim was to promote the message of love and unity which included the oneness of mankind, oneness of religion and oneness of God,” he said adding that the choir currently has 1,200 singers worldwide.
Price, who is a member of the Baha’i community, has been taking time off from music to travel and cope with the high demand from audiences around the world.
“It is increasingly becoming a big challenge for me to continue my career as a musician and be a speaker.
“Initially, I was invited by friends from the Baha’i community who showed a lot of interest in listening to my talks but the situation has now changed as I also get invitations from other organisations.
“My recent talk on the subject of 12 sciences of love in the US has touched many people. The availability of my talks over the Internet has also played a major role in getting the message across to the masses,” he said.
Price said he was in the process of completing his first book, Science of Religion which was expected to be published by April next year.
The 500-page book, he said, would cover the various aspects of spirituality and the need for man to look at religion as a tool to go forward.
“Like my music and talks, the book will touch on how important spirituality is for a human being to transform into a spiritual being and make the world into a better place,” he said.