Andrew Norman (b. 1979), a composer, educator, curator, and music advocate, has established himself as a significant voice in American classical music. Upcoming engagements include a year as Carnegie Hall’s Debs Composer’s Chair (2020-21), the premiere of his violin concerto with Leila Josefowicz and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and an American tour with Kiril Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic.
Norman’s work draws on an eclectic mix of sounds and performance practices. By turns experimental and traditional, lyrical and thorny, intimate and epic, rigorously structured and freely intuitive, his music casts a wide net in order to explore, reflect, challenge, and address the experiences and issues of our time. He believes in the transformative energy of live performance, and he is often drawn to performative acts that harness the beauty, power, and fragility of risk.
Norman has collaborated with leading ensembles worldwide, including the Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York philharmonics, the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras, the London, BBC, Saint Louis, and San Francisco symphonies, the Orpheus, Saint Paul, and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, the Tonhalle Orchester, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, and many others.
A recipient of numerous honors and accolades, Norman has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, he was Musical America’s 2017 Composer of the Year and won the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for music composition. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize (2006), the Berlin Prize (2009), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2016). He joined the roster of Young Concert Artists in 2008 and held the title Komponist für Heidelberg for the 2010-11 season. He has served as composer in residence with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Opera Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony.
A committed educator who enjoys helping people of all ages explore and create music, Norman has held educational residencies with various institutions across the country. He recently completed a children’s opera, A Trip to the Moon, which brings together professional musicians with amateur and untrained community members of all ages. He joined the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in 2013 and serves as the director of the L.A. Philharmonic’s Composer Fellowship Program for high school composers.