Anna Clyne

London-born Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Described as a “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods” in a New York Times profile and as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, Clyne’s work often includes collaborations with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians worldwide.

Clyne has been commissioned by a wide range of ensembles and institutions, including the American Composers Orchestra, Bang on a Can, BBC Radio 3, BBC Scottish Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, ASCAP/SEAMUS, and the Southbank Centre. Her work has been championed by such world-renowned conductors as Marin Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, George Manahan, Jeffrey Milarsky, Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin, Alan Pierson, André de Ridder, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Osmo Vänskä, and her music has been performed at such diverse venues as the Barbican Centre, Philharmonie de Paris, 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, and has been featured at the Cabrillo Festival, Gaudeamus Festival, Beijing Modern Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti, Clyne served as a Mead Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2010–2015. 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.” She also served as Composer-in-Residence for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during the 2015–2016 season, L’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France from 2014–2016, and at Brazil’s Inverno do Campos do Jordão Festival, the Mizzou New Music Festival with Alarm Will Sound, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the 21c Liederabend, a biennial festival of song at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival.

This season, Clyne is an Artist-in-Residence at National Sawdust. She was additionally selected by the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA to serve as the Music Alive Composer-in-Residence with the Berkeley Symphony through the 2018–2019 season.

During the 2017–2018 season, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard perform the world premiere of Clyne’s Beltane in Glasgow. Recent highlights include the premiere of her mandolin concerto for Avi Avital, Three Sisters, premiered with the Kremerata Baltica; Masquerade for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop at the Last Night of the Proms; This Midnight Hour for L’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France (with the US premiere by the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot); This Lunar Beauty for the Britten Sinfonia and soprano Julia Doyle; Abstractions for Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; RIFT, a symphonic ballet in collaboration with choreographer Kitty McNamee for Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra; Pocket Book VIII for Roomful of Teeth; and her violin concerto, The Seamstress, performed by Jennifer Koh with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with additional performances by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Clyne was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her double violin concerto, Prince of Clouds. She is also the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2016 Hindemith Prize; 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 the Jerome Foundation; and prizes from ASCAP and SEAMUS. She was nominated for the 2014 Times Breakthrough Award (UK) and is the recipient of a grant from Opera America to develop a new opera, Eva. She was featured as a Composer of the Week on BBC Radio 3 and was also the subject of a composer portrait concert at New York’s Miller Theatre in 2015 with Ensemble Signal.

Clyne is also deeply committed to music education, having served as the Director of the New York Youth Symphony’s award-winning program for young composers, Making Score. She has worked together with education and community outreach initiatives of National Sawdust and El Puente with the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, leading composition workshops with young composers in public schools and incarcerated youth at a juvenile detention center, and collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma and musicians of the Civic Orchestra, CSO and Chorus to realize the work of young poets, musicians, and composers. She also developed a collaboration with art therapist Caroline Edasis to explore music, memory, and composition through working with people with Alzheimer’s.

Clyne’s music is represented on Cantaloupe Music, Cedille, MajorWho Media, New Amsterdam, Resound, Tzadik, and VIA labels. In 2012, Tzadik Records released Blue Moth, a full album of Clyne’s music that showcases her diverse range of instrumental music for ensemble and tape, including RouletteFits + Starts, and Steelworks. Of the album The Guardian wrote, “There’s something definitely fresh about Clyne’s music, a quality that insists you stop and listen.” Other recent releases include Night Ferry with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti 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 Grammy Awards. The Violin, a suite of works for multi-tracked violins and stop-motion animations by Josh Dorman released on VIA Records, was listed among Q2 Music’s Best of 2014, and its opening movement, “Blue Hour,” was named on NPR’s Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Listening To.

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 2018

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