London-born Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated 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. Clyne recently served as Composer-in-Residence for Brazil's Festival Inverno do Campos do Jordão,the Mizzou New Music Festival with Alarm Will Sound, 21c Liederabend, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. She has been appointed as Composer-in-Residence for the Orchestre National d'Ile de France from 2014-2016.
Other commissions include works for the American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolis Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Southbank Centre and VIA 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.
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 developAs Sudden Shut - a multimedia collaboration with the Quay Brothers.
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.