Roster of Composers-in-Residence
Skip La Plante invents, builds, composes for, performs on and teaches with musical instruments built from trash and found objects.
Jeffrey Dennis Smith is a composer, percussionist and conductor focusing primarily on music for the stage.
Leaha Maria Villarreal is a co-founder and artistic director of contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant and a Teaching Artist Associate for the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Bridge Program.
Anthony Vine is a composer, guitarist, and executive director of the Columbus // NYC New Music Exchange [CNX].
Conrad Winslow’s buoyant, hard-edged, and deeply architectural music,“remains tautly controlled and coherent, but bursts with variety both harmonic and gestural” (Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia…).
Richard Carrick is a composer, conductor, pianist and the co-artistic director of the critically acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Either/Or. He also writes multi-media works integrating video and live performers.
Juan Pablo Contreras is “one of the most prominent young composers of Latin America” (El Informador). His music has been performed by major orchestras such as the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico.
Kento Iwasaki is a composer and koto player born in Tokyo, Japan. He studied music composition at Temple University and Manhattan School of Music, opera composition from Libby Larsen, John Corigliano and William Bolcolm and is currently developing operas that utilize traditional Japanese instruments.
Mary Kouyoumdjian is a first generation Armenian-American whose music draws on her heritage, interest in folk music, and background in experimental composition. Her projects range from concert works to multimedia collaborations and film scores and she has received commissions from Kronos Quartet and Carnegie Hall.
Eric Lemmon is a violist and composer whose works have appeared in venues ranging from (le) Poisson Rouge and SubCulture to the FIGMENT arts festival on Governor’s Island and been featured on WQXR’s Q2.
Matt McBane is the violinist and composer for his Brooklyn-based band, Build and has been described as “a natural composer, a fresh voice” by the Los Angeles Times. He is Founder and Director of the Carlsbad Music Festival and has appeared at venues and series including Carnegie Hall, the Bang on a Can Marathon, and (le) Poisson Rouge.
Ian Ng’s music has been performed at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, Symphony Space and NY City Center. He has composed music for the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and JACK Quartet and has collaborated with American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Marcelo Gomes.
Nina Siniakova is a pianist, composer, and a music manager whose newly-launched Metis Music Management, presented its first project at Carnegie Hall in 2013. She is the winner of the Melodia Women’s Choir NYC commission competition and her music has been performed throughout Europe and Japan.
Gustavo Casenave is a pianist/composer and a 2012 Latin Grammy Award Nominee.
Christopher Cerrone is a Brooklyn-based composer who has been hailed as “a rising star” by The New Yorker.
Rima Fand is a Brooklyn-based musician and composer with a love for multidisciplinary performance.
Brian Krock is a jazz musician and classical composer who has played in many legendary New York venues.
Chris Parrello is a New York-based guitarist and composer who has performed at the Blue Note, the Mercury Lounge, and Carnegie Hall.
Robert Vuichard has been hailed by The New York Times as “exuberant,” and a composer of great “clarity, rhythmic precision, and passion.”
Joelle Wallach composes music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo voices and choruses.
Sam Willmott is a musical theater composer/lyricist and winner of the 2012 Fred Ebb Award.
Guy Barash is a musician-composer-arranger-curator-performer, who has won awards from ASCAP, the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Jeff Fairbanks is a composer/arranger/trombonist/bandleader who leads the 17-piece Project Hansori in a fusion of Jazz and East Asian folk music.
Patrick Grant composed and produced the acclaimed “Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars,” arguably the first electric guitar parade ever, throughout the streets of Lower Manhattan for the inaugural Make Music Winter New York.
Gabrielle Herbst is a Brooklyn-based composer and vocalist whose compositions have premiered at Roulette, The Stone, Cabinet Magazine’s Exhibition Space, Club Helsinki, Zebulan and HERE Arts Center.
Molly Herron composes in a wide array of styles. Past projects have included pieces for the JACK Quartet, The Cygnus Ensemble, The NYU Contemporary Ensemble and arrangements for the The Great Republic of Rough and Ready.
Elizabeth Lim has collaborated with the Albany Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Juilliard Orchestra, and her music has been heard in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, and the Eastman Scoring Stage in Hollywood.
Theodore Metz is a percussionist/composer from Alabama. He has performed with Wires Under Tension, Slow Six, Mimi Goese and Ben Neill, Christopher Tignor, North Jersey Orchestra and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.
Jeff Myers work has been performed by New York City Opera, L’Orchestre National de Lorraine, American Composers Orchestra, and American Lyric Theater. His work The Angry Birds of Kauai was performed and recorded by Hilary Hahn.
Joshua Green has worked on music in films for Martin Scorsese, Peter Jackson, and David Cronenberg, and has written orchestral arrangements for The New York Pops.
Paul Yeon Lee is a Korean-American composer. He was named one of “25 Contemporary Composers Helping to Push String Music to New Heights” by international Strings Magazine in 2012.
Kamala Sankaram’s music has been praised as “strikingly original” by the New York Times. As a performer, she has collaborated with and premiered pieces by the Philip Glass Ensemble , the Wooster Group, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, and eighth blackbird, among others.
Danielle Eva Schwob is a London-born NYC-based composer, songwriter, guitarist and singer who writes avant-garde pop/rock. Her music has been featured on NPR, NY1 and MNN.
Demetrius Spaneas is an award-winning composer/performer who travels the world as a musical ambassador, connecting classical, jazz, and traditional music.
Ron Tucker is a percussionist and founder of et al., a Brooklyn-based pseudo-classical percussion ensemble.
Nicholas Urie was born in Los Angeles in 1985, and was a recipient of the first annual ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award at the age of 17. He currently teaches arranging at the Berklee College of Music.
Special Event: Exploring New Composers, a two-night festival at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center featuring 2011-12 composers-in-residence
Joseph Di Ponio has composed music for concert performance, theater, art installations, and silent films. Often inspired by the visual arts, his work is concerned with issues of aural history and temporality and is influenced greatly by contemporary thought on time and being.
Evan Mazunik is a composer/performer raised on the prairies of Iowa, and fluent in Soundpainting, a sign language for live composition. Mazunik is composer/director for ZAHA, his experimental chamber ensemble.
Steven Rosenhaus’ music has been called “clever, deftly constructed and likable” by The New York Times. Dr. Rosenhaus has over 150 original compositions and arrangements in print and his works are recorded on the Capstone, Musical Tapestries, and Richardson.
Judith Sainte Croix’s music has been called “clever, deftly constructed and likable” by The New York Times. Dr. Rosenhaus has over 150 original compositions and arrangements in print and his works are recorded on the Capstone, Musical Tapestries, and Richardson.
Helen Sung is an award-winning jazz pianist and composer, who has worked with Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Steve Turre, Regina Carter and Wayne Shorter.
Matt Schickele has written songs, electronic music, and chamber music for the stage, ensembles, bands and recordings for over two decades.
David Schober is a composer and pianist whose work has been recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Nivedita ShivRaj is a composer, vocalist, veena player and teacher of carnatic music. She was the first Indian musician to be featured in the Spiral Music series of the Rubin Museum of Arts.
The EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency program is funded by Consolidated Edison, The Amphion Foundation, Credit Suisse, the George L. Shields Foundation, The Endeavor Foundation, AOH Foundation, DJ McManus Foundation, The Reed Foundation and individuals. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.