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Short Biography:
Heralded as "music with a distinctive voice" by the New York Times and as "lyrical, colorful, firmly rooted in tradition, but absolutely new" by the Washington Post, Sebastian Currier’s music has been presented at major venues worldwide by acclaimed artists and orchestras.

With works spanning across solo, chamber and orchestral genres, Currier’s works have been performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet. Recent premieres include Voyage Out (2019) for piano quintet, premiered by the Seattle Chamber Music Society; his violin concerto Aether (2018) for violinist Baiba Skride and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with conductor Andris Nelsons; Ghost Trio (2018), premiered by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, and pianist Lambert Orkis at Carnegie Hall; and Eleven Moons (2018), premiered by soprano Zorana Sadiq and Boston Musica Viva.

The 2019-2020 season sees the world premiere of Currier’s latest orchestral work, Track 8, by Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in April 2020. Commissioned by the orchestra as part of its Beethoven 2020 celebration the new work is inspired by Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony.

Currier’s music has been enthusiastically embraced by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter who has commissioned, premiered, and recorded several of Currier’s pieces, including his "rapturously beautiful" (New York Times) violin concerto Time Machines, which was commissioned by Ms. Mutter and premiered by the New York Philharmonic in June 2011 with a recording of the performance released by Deutsche Grammophon the following September.

Currier has received many prestigious awards including the Grawemeyer Award (for the chamber piece Static), Berlin Prize, Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has held residencies at the MacDowell and Yaddo colonies.

Sebastian Currier is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

August 2019

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

Long Biography:
Sebastian Currier is the recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award. Heralded as "music with a distinctive voice" by the New York Times and as "lyrical, colorful, firmly rooted in tradition, but absolutely new" by the Washington Post, Currier’s music has been performed at major venues worldwide by acclaimed artists and orchestras, including Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet.

Recent premieres include Voyage Out (2019) for piano quintet, premiered by the Seattle Chamber Music Society; his violin concerto Aether (2018) for violinist Baiba Skride and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with conductor Andris Nelsons; and Eleven Moons (2018), premiered by soprano Zorana Sadiq and Boston Musica Viva.

The 2019-2020 season sees the world premiere of Currier’s latest orchestral work, Track 8, by Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in April 2020. Commissioned by the orchestra as part of its Beethoven 2020 celebration the new work is inspired by Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony.

Currier’s music has been enthusiastically embraced by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, for whom he wrote Ghost Trio, which she premiered alongside cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and pianist Lambert Orkis at Carnegie Hall. The piece received critical acclaim with The New York Times writing, “In nine succinct movements, with titles like “Remote,” “Mysterious” and “Forceful,” this work weaves glancing — and distorted — references to piano trios by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and others into his own intricate, emotionally focused language.” Currier also wrote Time Machines for Mutter, premiered with the New York Philharmonic in June 2011 and subsequently performed with various orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Asia; as well as Aftersong, which Mutter performed extensively in the US and Europe. A critic from the London Times said, "If all his pieces are as emotionally charged and ingenious in their use of rethought tonality as this, give me more."

Currier has also had an extended association with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as the orchestra itself. In 2009 his harp concerto Traces, which was commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic was premiered by harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet under the baton of Donald Runnicles. He has written numerous pieces for Langlamet, which she has premiered at the Philharmonie, often with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Currier has also written works that involve electronic media and video. Nightmaze, a multimedia piece based on a text of Thomas Bolt in which the protagonist dreams he is rushing along a dark, enormous highway, where strange road signs loom up only to disappear into the night, has been performed by Network for New Music and the Mosaic Ensemble. The Philadelphia Inquirer said "every turn is breathtaking" and the New York Times, "Currier’s rich and imaginative music sets the right tone, with its fractured and dissonant baroque-like gestures leading off like highway exits into the void and hinting at distant reservoirs of emotion and yearning."

Recordings include Time Machines, recorded by Anne-Sophie Mutter and the New York Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon, Next Atlantis with the Ying Quartet on Naxos, and "On the Verge" from Music from Copland House, featuring his Grawemeyer Award-winning Static, and other chamber works. His "Quartetset/Quiet Time" album, recorded by the Cassatt Quartet, says Anne Midgette for The New York Times, "…distances the present from the past, causing the listener to think about music itself."

Currier has received many prestigious awards including the Berlin Prize, Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has held residencies at the MacDowell and Yaddo colonies. He received a DMA from the Juilliard School and from 1999-2007 taught at Columbia University. From 2013 to 2016, Currier served as the Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, New Jersey.

Sebastian Currier is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

August 2019

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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