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Simon Frisch is a New York-based American-Breton composer whose 2017-18 season includes premieres in New York, Europe, and Australia, in projects spanning performance, lecture, and multimedia collaboration. Upcoming projects include a commission for the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, the U.S. premiere of the string quartet provost with the Society for New Music, and new solo works in his marginalia series for harpsichord and voice.

Recent events include the Latvian recital premiere and broadcast of marginalia ii, composed for and played by pianist Robert Fleitz; launching N.Y.C.’s 2016 Fête de la Bretagne with the semi-theatrical The Body Untied for soloists and Baroque chamber orchestra, presented by the BZH NY and Région Bretagne; and a performance of Sandglass Vespers, written for and premiered by the New Juilliard Ensemble in 2015 at Alice Tully Hall. Other collaborators include Orli Shaham and the St. Louis Symphony on a prepared piano project at the Pulitzer Foundation, and soprano Renée Fleming in an adaptation of a song cycle by Patricia Barber. That program, titled Higher: Renée Fleming and Patricia Barber Perform the Music of Patricia Barber, was first heard in Chicago, Washington, and New York, and later across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Frisch holds BM and MM degrees from Juilliard, where he studied with Robert Beaser and Samuel Adler, and maintains a private studio. He joined the MAP faculty in 2015.