Carnegie Hall Commissions
Anna Clyne (b. 1980) is a composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures that weave, morph, and collide in dramatic explosions. Her work, which includes collaborative projects with cutting-edge choreographers, filmmakers, visual artists, and musicians, has been commissioned and performed throughout the US and internationally.
Born in London and raised in the UK, Anna Clyne's first instrument was a piano with randomly missing keys. As she began to find her way across the keyboard, she simultaneously began to compose. At the age of 11, she wrote and performed her first fully notated piece for flute and piano. She continued to compose on and off, but it was when she moved to Edinburgh in 1998, then to Ontario in 2000, and finally to New York in 2002 that these three richly artistic environments brought her music to life though a myriad of people, coincidences, adventures, twists and turns, and collaborations.
Anna Clyne is the recipient of several awards. These include four consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards, a Clutterbuck Award from the University of Edinburgh, International Artist Sponsorship, and a 2006 Commission Prize from ASCAP and SEAMUS. She was also a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Composer Award and the UK Tovey Composition Competition.
Recent honors include participation in the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings '06, Bang on a Can Marathon, Bang on a Can Summer Institute '05, Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute '06, the Osvaldo Golijov / Dawn Upshaw Professional Workshop at Carnegie Hall, River to River Festival, Free Advice, a composer/choreographer event at the Joyce SoHo, nomination for the New York Van Lier Roulette Fellowship, Young Concert Artists Composer Program, and a master class with Pierre Boulez in New York City.
Recent commissions have come from Albany Symphony, ASCAP, Carnegie Hall, Electric Kompany, Ensemble Nordlys, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opus 21, Janus Trio, Jerome Foundation, New York Voices (a collaboration between the Albany Symphony and the New York State Archives), Roulette (for ETHEL), SEAMUS/ASCAP (for Kathy Supové), Seattle Chamber Players (curated by Alex Ross and Kyle Gann), Tactus, and the Los Angeles-based Hysterica Dance Company, where she is resident composer. Anna Clyne's work has been conducted by David Gilbert, George Manahan, Alan Pierson, and Osmo Vänskä, with an upcoming performance to be led by conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Anna Clyne currently resides in New York, where her music has recently been presented at 21st Century Schizoid Music Series (curated by Frank Oteri from the American Music Center), Art Resources Transfer, Bang on a Can Marathon, CAMI Hall, Carnegie Hall, Columbia University, Cooper Union, d.u.m.b.o. Dance Festival, Dance Now Festival, Ear to the Earth Festival, Galapagos, Joyce SoHo, Manhattan School of Music, Miller Theater, MoMA, New York Musical Theatre Festival, River to River Festival, Shark Attack¸ Symphony Space, The Flea Theater, The Stone, Three Legged Dog Arts & Technology Center, TIXE Arts Space, and the World Financial Center.
Other recent performances in the US include events at Alex Theatre, El Portal Theatre, Ford Amphitheatre, Highways Performance Space, McCullum Theater for Performing Arts, Open Fist Theatre, and Palm Desert Choreography Festival in California; the University of Miami and (f)x Music Marathon in Florida; MassMoCA; Orchestra Hall and Spark Electronic Music Festival in Minnesota; Poncho Hall in Seattle; SEAMUS Electroacoustic Music Conference in Eugene, Oregon; and Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia.
Internationally, her work has been programmed at Agnes Etherington Art Center and MOSAIC Music Series in Canada, Exchange Film Festival in Australia, Guadeamus Interpreter's Competition in Holland, and at a number of venues across the UK, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Oxford Town Hall, Reid Concert Hall, Soundings Electronic Music Festival, St. Cecilia’s Hall, The Southside, University of Edinburgh, and Worldart.com.
As a passionate collaborator, Anna Clyne has worked with many of today's most inventive and pioneering artists including choreographers Kitty McNamee, Leda Meredith, and Pascal Rekoert; painter Y. J. Cho; sound artists Jody Elff and Jeremy Flower; filmmaker Michael Bates; visual artists Joshua Bryan, Luke Dubois, Jon Niborg Speier, Rokhshad Nourdeh, and Joshue Ott/Superdraw; and writers Rich Bloomquist and Scott Jacobson of The Daily Show.
Anna Clyne holds a first-class Bachelor of Music with honors degree from Edinburgh University and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she received academic-based scholarship. Her principal teachers include Julia Wolfe, Marina Adamia, and Marjan Mozetich. She is a member of the American Music Center, American Composers Forum, Electronic Music Foundation, and ASCAP.