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Anna Clyne

 b.9 March 1980, LondonPhoto Credit: Todd Rosenberg

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Short Biography:
London-born Anna Clyne is a composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures that weave, morph, and collide in dramatic explosions. Her work, described as "dazzlingly inventive" by Time Out New York, often includes collaborations with cutting edge choreographers, visual artists, film-makers, and musicians worldwide.

In August 2013, Clyne’s Masquerade, a BBC Radio 3 commission, had its world premiere on the famed Last Night of the Proms by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop. Other recent premieres include The Violin, a multimedia collaboration with artist Josh Dorman and violinists Cornelius Dufallo and Amy Kauffman, The Lost Thought, performed by Trio Mediæval with conductor Julian Wachner, and A Wonderful Day for the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Recently, Clyne served as Composer-in-Residence of 21c Liederabend, a biennial New York event highlighting contemporary art song, and has also been featured as a resident composer at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

Other commissions include works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Southbank Centre, ETHEL, London Sinfonietta, Metropolis Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra, and Alarm Will Sound, among others. Clyne’s work has been championed by some of the world’s finest conductors, including Marin Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Osmo Vänskä. Her work has been performed in venues ranging in diversity from New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge to Carnegie Hall—hosts of concert halls and alternative venues across the globe.

Appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti, Clyne is currently the Chicago Symphony’s Mead Composer-in-Residence through the 2014–15 season. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards including a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, awards from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and prizes from ASCAP and SEAMUS. She was recently nominated for the 2014 Times Breakthrough Award (UK).

Clyne holds a first-class Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Edinburgh University and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Marina Adamia, Julia Wolfe, and Nils Vigeland.

In 2012, Tzadik Records released a full album of Clyne’s music, titled Blue Moth, showcasing a diverse range of her instrumental and ensemble with tape pieces, including Roulette, fits + starts and Steelworks. Upcoming recordings include Night Ferry with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on the CSO’s Resound label and Prince of Clouds featuring Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra on Cedille Records.

Her music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.

January 2014

This biography can be reproduced free of charge in concert programs with the following credit:
Reprinted by kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes.

 

Long Biography:
London-born Anna Clyne is a composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures that weave, morph, and collide in dramatic explosions. Her work, described as "dazzlingly inventive" by Time Out New York, often includes collaborations with cutting edge choreographers, visual artists, and filmmakers.

Appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti, Clyne is currently serving as the Chicago Symphony’s Mead Composer-in-Residence through the 2014–15 season. Muti has lauded Clyne as "an artist who writes from the heart, who defies categorization, and who reaches across all barriers and boundaries. Her compositions are meant to be played by skilled musicians and can reach different audiences, no matter what their background."

In August 2013, Clyne’s Masquerade, a BBC Radio 3 commission, had its world premiere at the Last Night of the Proms by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop. Other recent premieres include The Violin, a multimedia collaboration with artist Josh Dorman and violinists Cornelius Dufallo and Amy Kauffman, The Lost Thought, performed by Trio Mediæval with conductor Julian Wachner, and A Wonderful Day for the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Clyne’s Night Ferry was commissioned by the CSO and received its premiere by the Orchestra in February 2012 under the baton of Riccardo Muti. Her double concerto, Prince of Clouds, a joint commission from IRIS Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and Curtis Institute, and written for violinists Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo, was also premiered in 2012. Clyne recently served as Composer-in-Residence of 21c Liederabend, a biennial New York event highlighting contemporary art song, and has also been featured as a resident composer at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

Other commissions include works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Southbank Centre, ETHEL, London Sinfonietta, Metropolis Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra, and Alarm Will Sound, among others. Clyne’s work has been championed by some of the world’s finest conductors, including Marin Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, George Manahan, Jeffrey Milarsky, Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin, Alan Pierson, Andre de Ridder, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Osmo Vänskä.

As a passionate collaborator, Clyne has worked with many of today’s most inventive and pioneering artists that include choreographers Nicolo Fonte, Kitty McNamee, and Matthew Neenan; musician Björk; artist Josh Dorman; sound artist Jody Elff; and visual artists Luke Dubois, Jon Niborg Speier, and Joshue Ott. Her work has been performed in such diverse venues as the Barbican Centre, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and in New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge, Museum of Modern Art, Galapagos Art Space, and Carnegie Hall. Her works have also been featured at the Tribeca New Music Festival, d.u.m.b.o. Dance Festival, Gaudeamus Festival, Spark Festival of Electronic Music, New York Musical Theatre Festival, River to River Festival, Beijing Modern Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Clyne is the recipient of several prestigious awards. These include a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, awards from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and prizes from ASCAP and SEAMUS. Clyne was nominated for a 2010 British Composer Award and, more recently, the 2014 Times Breakthrough Award (UK).

In addition to her love of collaboration, Clyne is also deeply committed to music education and teaching. She served as the Director of the New York Youth Symphony’s award-winning program for young composers Making Score where she also worked with Jon Deak at the New York Philharmonic’s Young Composers Program. She was invited as a guest composer and mentor for the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival with resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Clyne’s appointment with the Chicago Symphony has allowed her the opportunity to teach incarcerated youths, as well as develop a program to work music composition into treatment plans for Alzheimer’s patients in association with the Music Institute of Chicago. Her fascination with connection between music and memory goes back to own education at Edinburgh University where she worked at a school of children with autism, and later with children at the Pavarotti Music Centre in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 2012, Tzadik Records released Blue Moth, an album of Clyne’s music which showcases the diverse range of her works for chamber ensemble and electronics, including Roulette, Fits + Starts, and Steelworks. Upcoming recordings include Night Ferry with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Riccardo Muti on the CSO’s Resound label and Prince of Clouds featuring Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra on Cedille Records.

Clyne’s music is represented on New Amsterdam, MajorWho Media, Resound, VIA and Tzadik labels. Blue Moth, a full album of her electro-acoustic music, was released in 2012 to great acclaim.

Clyne holds a first-class Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Edinburgh University and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Marina Adamia, Julia Wolfe, and Nils Vigeland.

Her music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.

January 2014

This biography can be reproduced free of charge in concert programs with the following credit:
Reprinted by kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes.

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