London-born Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. 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.
Clyne has been commissioned by renowned organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Carnegie Hall, BBC Radio 3, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Southbank Centre, and the American Composers Orchestra, among others. Her work has been championed by some of the world’s finest conductors, including Marin Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and 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 recently completed her five-season tenure as the Chicago Symphony’s Mead Composer-in-Residence. She is currently Composer-in-Residence for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and L’Orchestre national d'Île de France and 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, and prizes from ASCAP and SEAMUS. She was recently nominated for the 2014 Times Breakthrough Award (UK) and for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, for her double violin concerto, Prince of Clouds.
Highlights for the 2015–16 season include the world premieres of This Midnight Hour
performed by L’Orchestre national d'Île de France at the Philharmonie de Paris; This Lunar Beauty
by the Britten Sinfonia; Just As They Are
by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble; Abstractions
, written for Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; RIFT
, a ballet score written for Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, in collaboration with choreographer Kitty McNamee; Pocket Book VIII
for Roomful of Teeth; Threads & Traces
for one hundred cellos to be premiered at the Hollywood Bowl; and the US East Coast premiere and the UK premiere of Clyne’s violin concerto, The Seamstress
, performed by Jennifer Koh with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, respectively.
Anna Clyne’s music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.
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London-born Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated 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 currently serves as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’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 great musicians and listened to by enthusiastic audiences no matter what their background."
In August 2013, Clyne’s Masquerade
, a BBC Radio 3 commission, received its world premiere at 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. Clyne’s Night Ferry
, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, received its premiere by the CSO in February 2012 under the baton of Riccardo Muti. Her double concerto, Prince of Clouds
, a joint commission from the Curtis Institute, CSO, IRIS Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and written for violinists Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo, was also premiered in 2012.
Clyne’s music has also been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Southbank Centre, ETHEL, London Sinfonietta, Metropolis Ensemble, and the American Composers Orchestra among others and her 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.
World premieres for the 2014–15 season include Rest These Hands
for solo violin and string orchestra, to be premiered by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and soloist Jennifer Koh at Carnegie Hall; The Seamstress
, a violin concerto to be premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and soloist Jennifer Koh at Orchestra Hall; Postponeless Creature
for vocal trio and chamber ensemble, to be premiered by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Chorus at Harris Theater; and Secret Garden
for drumkit and tape, to be premiered by Colin Currie at the Southbank Center in London, UK.
Clyne’s music has been performed at such diverse venues as the Barbican Centre, 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 work has also been featured at the Tribeca New Music Festival, d.u.m.b.o. Dance Festival, Gaudeamus Festival, Spark Festival of Electronic Music, River to River Festival, Beijing Modern Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Clyne recently served as Composer-in-Residence for the 21c Liederabend, a biennial Festival of song at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. She has also been featured as a resident composer at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and at the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival with resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound.
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.
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 from 2008-2010.
Her appointment with the Chicago Symphony has allowed her the opportunity to develop workshops and to teach incarcerated youth, young composers in the Chicago area, and to develop a collaboration between the CSO and the Music Institute of Chicago to explore music, memory and composition.
Clyne’s music is represented on Cedille, MajorWho Media, New Amsterdam, Resound, Tzadik and VIA labels. 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
. Other recent 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, both nominated for 2015 GRAMMYs. In September 2014, VIA Records released The Violin
"There's something definitely fresh about Clyne's music, a quality that insists you stop and listen"
(The Guardian). "She showcases a vibrant engagement with sound, colliding noise and processed samples with deft melodic shapes and texture-rich abstractions
" (Downbeat Magazine).
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 Marjan Mozetich, Marina Adamia, Julia Wolfe, and Nils Vigeland.
Her music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.
January 2015This biography can be reproduced free of charge in concert programs with the following credit:
Reprinted by kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes.