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Bryce Dessner

Publisher: Chester Music

Dessner is exactly the kind of composer who personifies what might be next for classical music... — Mark Swed, LA Times

Dessner personifies what appears to be a generational shift in musicians —Thomas Huizenga, Washington Post

Whoever wants to commission his first symphony would probably be rewarded with something fantastic — Jayson Greene, Pitchfork

Bryce Dessner is a man who slips in and out of musical guises with disarming ease…this is gorgeous and full-hearted music. — NPR
Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 2016 commissioned by New York City Ballet to compose the score for Justin Peck's The Most Incredible Thing
  • 2015 The Barbican Centre present a weekend long celebration of his music entitled 'Mountains and Waves'
  • 2015 LA Philharmonic premiere Quilting conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
  • 2014 Deutsche Grammophon release a recording of Dessner's orchestral works, conducted by André de Ridder and performed by the Copenhagen Philharmonic
  • 2013 release of acclaimed chamber music album, 'Aheym' with Kronos Quartet
  • 2012 performance of The Long Count at The Barbican, London
  • 2012 commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Scottish Ensemble, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Copenhagen Philharmonic to compose Lachrimae
  • 2010 O Shut Your Eyes Against The Wind commissioned by Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • 2009 commissioned by Kronos Quartet to write work for Steve Reich's 75th birthday
  • 2006 founded MusicNow Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio