ANDREW NORMAN

Faculty lecture/discussion:
January 22, 2016
11am in Ramo Recital Hall

 

Our first faculty lecture of the year comes from Andrew Norman, a composer of orchestral, chamber and vocal music.

violist Anne Lanzilotti performs "Susanna" from The Companion Guide to Rome

A lifelong enthusiast for all things architectural, Andrew writes music that is often inspired by patterns and textures he encounters in the visual world.  He has a passion for musical notation, its long history, and the many ways its boundaries can be pushed to find new modes of expression.  He also loves collaborating with performers to explore the act of interpreting notation and he is fascinated by the translation of written symbols into physical gesture and sound.

Andrew is increasingly interested in story-telling in music, and specifically in the ways non-linear, narrative-scrambling techniques from cinema, television, and video games might intersect with traditional symphonic forms. His distinctive, often fragmented and highly energetic voice has been cited in the New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors,” in the Boston Globe for its “staggering imagination,” and in the L.A. Times for its “Chaplinesque” wit.

Andrew’s symphonic works have been performed by leading ensembles worldwide, including the Los Angeles, New York, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonics, the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the BBC, Saint Louis, and Melbourne Symphonies, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Orchestre National de France, and many others.  Andrew’s music has been championed by some of the classical music’s eminent conductors, including John Adams, Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle, and David Robertson.

Andrew is the recipient of the 2004 Jacob Druckman Prize, the 2005 ASCAP Nissim and Leo Kaplan Prizes, the 2006 Rome Prize and the 2009 Berlin Prize. He joined the roster of Young Concert Artists as Composer in Residence in 2008, and held the title “Komponist für Heidelberg” for the 2010-2011 season. Andrew served for two years as Composer in Residence with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and is currently Composer in Residence with Opera Philadelphia.  Andrew’s 30-minute string trio The Companion Guide to Rome was named a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Andrew joined the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 2013, and he is thrilled to serve as the new director of the L.A. Phil’s Composer Fellowship Program for high school composers.

He recently finished two piano concertos, Suspend for Emanual Ax and the LA Phil, and Split for Jeffrey Kahane and the NY Phil, as well as a widely-discussed symphony-in-all-but-name, Play, for BMOP.  Upcoming projects include a percussion concerto for Colin Currie, a three-part symphony for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and collaborations with the Calder Quartet, eighth blackbird, Jeremy Denk, Jennifer Koh, and the Berlin Philharmonic.

LA Engagements:
February 25-28, 2016
Los Angeles Philharmonic premieres a new work by Andrew Norman

Walt Disney Concert Hall

More about Andrew Norman:
Andrew's website
Interview with Daniel Vezza, "Composer Conversations"
Interview with Nadia Sirota, "Meet the Composer"

Also check out:
"Shaken not stuttered"
Anne Lanzilotti's site demonstrating string techniques in Andrew's music