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Bryce Dessner

Born: 1976

Nationality: American

Publisher: Chester Music

Photo © Rene Cervantes

Bryce Dessner (b. 1976 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, with a rapidly expanding catalogue of works commissioned by leading ensembles and organisations, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, BAM Next Wave Festival, Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, BBC Symphony Orchestra, eighth blackbird, Sō Percussion, New York City Ballet, and many others.

After early training on the flute, Dessner switched to classical guitar and then composition. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University. In the late 90's, he formed the instrumental quartet Clogs, and in 2001, co-founded the acclaimed indie-rock band The National.

Recordings include 'Aheym', a Kronos Quartet disc devoted to his music (Anti- ); 'St. Carolyn by the Sea' on Deutsche Grammophon, with the Copenhagen Phil under Andre de Ridder; and Music for Wood and Strings, an album-length work performed by Sō Percussion (Brassland).  

In May 2015, Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the premiere of Quilting, a 17-minute score co-commissioned by the LA Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. Upcoming projects include a score for the New York City Ballet, choreographed by Justin Peck, and a new string orchestra work, Wave Movements, played live to a film by Hiroshi Sugimoto premiered at the Barbican as part of the Dessner curated weekend, 'Waves and Mountains'.

The music of Bryce Dessner is exclusively published by Chester Music Ltd, part of the Music Sales Group

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