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Nina C. Young

co-artistic director, composer


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Composer Nina C. Young writes music characterized by an acute sensitivity to tone color, manifested in aural images of vibrant, arresting immediacy.  Her experience in the electronic studio informs her acoustic work, which takes as its given not melody and harmony, but sound itself.  Young’s music has garnered international acclaim through performances by the American Composers Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Orkest de ereprijs, Philadelphia Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Argento, Divertimento, Either/Or, JACK Quartet, Metropolis, Scharoun, Sixtrum, wild Up, and Yarn/Wire.  Winner of the 2015-16 Rome Prize in Musical Composition, Nina has received awards and fellowships from the Koussevitzky Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Civitella-Ranieri, the Copland Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, the NYPhil, and BMI.  Recent commissions include projects supported by the NY Phil, Carnegie Hall, a violin concerto for Jennifer Koh and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a multimedia work for the American Brass Quintet and EMPAC’s wavefield synthesis system


A graduate of McGill and MIT, Nina completed her DMA at Columbia University where she was an active participant at the Columbia Computer Music Center.  Young is an Assistant Professor of Composition at USC's Thornton School of Music. She serves as Co-Artistic Director of NY-based new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé.  Her music is published by Peermusic Classical.

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