Caleb Burhans (b. 1980) is quickly establishing himself as a significant presence in the New York contemporary music scene, active as both a performer and composer. Amazingly versatile, Burhans is a composer, plays violin, viola, electric guitar, electric bass, banjo, mandolin, piano and sings countertenor as well as tenor. He has been hailed by the New York Times as "animated and versatile," and "New York's mohawked Mozart" by Time Out New York.
Mr. Burhans specializes in baroque performance practice, contemporary music, rock/pop music, electronica and free improv. He has been commissioned by Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress and the Albany Symphony, to name a few. His music has been performed at various festivals, including the Bang on a Can Marathon, Look and Listen Festival, Tribeca New Music Festival, Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse f?r Neue Musik, International Viola Congress, The National Flute Association Convention, Open Days Festival (Denmark), and the Aspen Music Festival.
In 2009, he was named an Annenberg Fellow. Mr. Burhans is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, itsnotyouitsme, Ensemble Signal and the Wordless Music Orchestra. He is also a member of ACME, Newspeak and the disco band Escort. He has premiered numerous works, as well as worked with such composers as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams, La Monte Young, Lou Harrison, Meredith Monk, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, John Zorn, George Crumb, Brian Ferneyhough, Martin Bresnik, David Liptak, and Augusta Read Thomas.
As a conductor, he has worked with the London Sinfonietta and the Wordless Music Orchestra. Mr. Burhans attended the Eastman School of Music, where he received degrees in composition and viola performance. For more information, visit his website.