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Born: 1976, Cincinnati, Ohio

“I’m drawn to classical music because of the adventurousness of it. It’s a long-standing tradition of really adventurous art.”

BRYCE DESSNER is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, with a rapidly expanding catalog of works commissioned by leading ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, BAM Next Wave Festival, Barbican Center, Edinburgh Festival, Sydney Opera House, eighth blackbird, Sō Percussion, New York City Ballet, and many others. After early training on the flute, Dessner switched to classical guitar and then composition. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University. In the late ’90s, he formed the instrumental quartet Clogs, and in 2001 co-founded the acclaimed indie-rock band The National. Upcoming projects include a score for the New York City Ballet, choreographed by Justin Peck, and a new work for the New York Philharmonic, both premiering in the 2015/16 season.

Further listening:St. Carolyn by the Sea (2011)André de Ridder, CopenhagenPhilharmonic Orchestra (DG)

Music for Wood and Strings (2013)Sō Percussion (Brassland)