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Bryce Dessner

Born: 1976

Nationality: American

Publisher: Chester Music

Photo © Rene Cervantes


Bryce Dessner is a Brooklyn based composer, guitarist, and curator who is also a member of the Grammy Award-nominated band The National. Dessner has established himself as an acclaimed and sought after composer, working with some of the world’s most creative and respected musicians. Dessner's recent commissions include pieces for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Edinburgh International Festival, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Kronos Quartet, Sō Percussion, and eighth blackbird, among others. This May the Barbican Centre in London will present a marathon weekend of music curated by Dessner, that includes the world premiere of Wave Movements featuring a film by acclaimed artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Recordings of Dessner’s compositions, performed by the Kronos Quartet, were released in 2013 by Anti- on an album entitled “Aheym." In 2014 Deutsche Grammophon released "St Carolyn By the Sea," which features three of Dessner's orchestral works performed by the Copenhagen Philharmonic and conducted by Andre de Ridder. Dessner is also the founder and artistic director of the annual MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio, which presented its tenth season March 13-15, 2015. In addition, Bryce and his brother Aaron produced the Red Hot Organization’s extensive AIDS charity compilation, “Dark was the Night,” which has raised over 2 million dollars for AIDS charities. They are currently working on a follow up for Red Hot featuring covers and interpretations of The Grateful Dead’s songs. Dessner is currently composer-in-residence at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.
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