London-born ANNA CLYNE is a composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures that weave, morph, and collide in dramatic explosions. Her work, described as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, often includes collaborations with cutting edge choreographers, visual artists, film-makers, and musicians worldwide.
In August 2013, Clyne’s Masquerade, a BBC Radio 3 commission, had its world premiere on the famed Last Night of the Proms by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop. Other recent premieres include The Violin, a multimedia collaboration with artist Josh Dorman and violinists Cornelius Dufallo and Amy Kauffman, The Lost Thought, performed by Trio Mediæval with conductor Julian Wachner, and A Wonderful Day for the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Recently, Clyne served as Composer-in-Residence for 21c Liederabend, a biennial New York event highlighting contemporary art song, and has also been featured as a resident composer at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
Appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti, Clyne is currently the Chicago Symphony’s Mead Composer-in-Residence through the 2014–15 season. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards including a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, awards from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and prizes from ASCAP and SEAMUS. She was recently nominated for the 2014 Times Breakthrough Award (UK) and is the recipient of a grant from Opera America to develop As Sudden Shut - a multimedia collaboration with the Quay Brothers.
Other commissions include works for the American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolis Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Southbank Centre among others. Clyne’s work has been championed by some of the world’s finest conductors, including Marin Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, George Manahan, Jeffrey Milarsky, Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin, Alan Pierson, Andre de Ridder, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Osmo Vänskä. Her work has been performed in venues ranging in diversity from New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge to Carnegie Hall—and hosts of concert halls and alternative venues across the globe.
Clyne holds a first-class Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Edinburgh University and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Marjan Mozetich, Marina Adamia, Julia Wolfe, and Nils Vigeland.
In 2012, Tzadik Records released a full album of Clyne’s music, titled Blue Moth, showcasing a diverse range of her instrumental and ensemble with tape pieces, including Roulette, fits + starts and Steelworks. Upcoming recordings include Night Ferry with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on the CSO’s Resound label and Prince of Clouds featuring Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra on Cedille Records.
Her music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.