Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer/pianist who grew up in Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Of his début album, Shy and Mighty, released by Nonesuch Records in May 2010 and featuring ten interrelated movements for two pianos, Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker that the work “achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene… more mighty than shy, [Andres] sounds like himself.” Recent highlights include performances of Shy and Mighty movements with Brad Mehldau at Carnegie Hall, commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, performances of his re-composition of the Mozart “Coronation” Concerto in New York and LA, a Gilmore Foundation commission for pianist Kirill Gerstein, and a new piano quintet for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet, commissioned by Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Performances and the Concertgebouw.
Christopher Cerrone’s music has been heard across the US and Europe, most recently at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and at NYU’s Skirball Center. His violin concerto, Still Life with Violin and Orchestra, commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony, will be premiered this spring by violinist Hahn-Bin at Carnegie Hall. His music has been performed by New York City Opera, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, the Virginia Arts Festival, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, the Manhattan Composers’ Orchestra and the Yale Philharmonia, among others, and he is co-artistic director and composer-in-residence for the New York City-based ensemble Red Light New Music. He recently received a 2010 ASCAP Morton Gould Award, a CAP Grant from the American Music Center, and the Ezra Laderman Prize from the Yale School of Music. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at Yale University, where he also taught music composition and electronic music.
Jacob Cooper’s diverse compositions have earned him a Morton Gould Award from ASCAP, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a grant from the American Music Center’s Composer Assistance Program. He has held fellowships and residencies at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and twice at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, as a composer and most recently as a video artist. His music has been performed by several ensembles across the continent, including the JACK Quartet, the NOW Ensemble, and the Minnesota Orchestra, and his works have appeared at the Wordless Music concert series at the Miller Theater in New York and at the Harold Golen Gallery in Miami. Timberbrit, Jacob’s opera about a fictional reunion between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and ran this November on the Incubator Arts Project series at St. Mark’s Church. Cooper has also recently experimented with visual media, and this past September his video Commencer Une Autre Mort was shortlisted for the YouTube / Guggenheim Biennial.
Ted Hearne (b. 1982) is a composer, conductor and performer of new music. His work Katrina Ballads, recently released by New Amsterdam Records (with distribution through Naxos of America), is the recipient of the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize in composition and was recently praised by the New York Times as having “a tough edge and wildness of spirit” and “unbridled energy.”
Hearne’s music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Calder Quartet, The Knights, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the New York City Opera and has been heard at the MATA Festival, the Bang on a Can Marathon, Carlsbad Music Festival, and Le Poisson Rouge’s Sleeping Giant. Hearne has received commissions from Chicago’s Third Coast Percussion, San Francisco’s Volti Choral Arts Laboratory, Charleston’s New Music Collective, Newspeak, the Huntsville Symphony, and the Albany Symphony. He has recently completed collaborations with composer J.G. Thirlwell and renowned filmmaker Bill Morrison. Upcoming commissions include works for the Dither Electric Guitar Quartet and the Toomai String Quintet and a work for the Yale Glee Club and Yale Symphony Orchestra to be premiered at Carnegie Hall in April 2011.
Robert Honstein (b. 1980, Syracuse, NY) is a Brooklyn based composer. His music has been performed by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, the Bard College Orchestra, Simon Carrington, the Fireworks Ensemble, and the Young New Yorkers Chorus. Recently, Robert co-founded the Correction Line Ensemble, a group of six musicians from both pop and classical backgrounds who present music spanning a wide range of styles and genres. In November Correction Line will tour Canada playing shows in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Other projects include a clarinet concerto for Anthony McGill and the New York Youth Symphony to be premiered in December at Carnegie Hall, and the production of FastForwardAustin, a new one-day festival for innovative music and art in Austin, TX.
Andrew Norman (b. 1979) is a composer of chamber and orchestral music. A native midwesterner raised in central California, Andrew studied the piano and viola before attending the University of Southern California and Yale. His works have been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, and the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble. Andrew has been a fellow at the American Academies in both Rome and Berlin. Upcoming projects include a theremin concerto for the Heidelberg Philharmonic and an extended symphonic work for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.