Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut, studied at Yale University and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. A Nonesuch Records artist, his newest album of orchestral works, Home Stretch, has been hailed for its “playful intelligence and individuality,” (The Guardian) and of his 2010 debut album for two pianos, Shy and Mighty, Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker that “it 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.” In recent seasons, Andres has received commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; from a consortium including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and San Francisco Performances for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet; from the Gilmore Foundation for Kirill Gerstein; from the University of Notre Dame for Third Coast Percussion; and from the Library of Congress for the Attacca Quartet, among others.
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 compositions and multimedia works have garnered recognition throughout North America and Europe, appearing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the MATA Festival, and the Wordless Music concert series at the Miller Theater. Recent performers of his music include the JACK Quartet, the Calder Quartet, Ensemble ACJW, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Lauded as “richly talented” (The New York Times) and “a maverick electronic song composer” (New Yorker), Jacob has earned a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Morton Gould award from ASCAP, and was the winner of the 2011 Carlsbad Music Festival competition. His song cycle Silver Threads, written for soprano Mellissa Hughes and electronic track, was released by Nonesuch Records in April 2014 to critical acclaim, and his opera Timberbrit has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Also dedicated to teaching, Jacob is an Assistant Professor of Music at West Chester University and has previously served on the faculty at Amherst College. He holds a doctorate in composition from the Yale School of Music.
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.