LUKE CARLSON Composer & Conductor
The music of composer and conductor Luke Carlson (b. 1983) has been called “personal and strong” (New York Times), “magical”, and “otherworldly” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His compositions have been performed by individuals and ensembles across the country, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Daedalus String Quartet, Network for New Music, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival.
I will spend two weeks in Cortona, Italy this summer working with performers, fellow composers, and composition faculty David Rakowski and Beth Wiemann. Several of my works will be workshopped and performed including two world premieres.
Circuits for Classical Guitar was selected winner of the 2016 MACRO Competition. I will attend the MACRO workshop in Madison, WI from June 17–18, 2016 and give a theoretical presentation on my work. This is the second time I have received this award; Edges for String Quartet received first prize in 2014.
I participated in a week-long institute featuring masterclasses, rehearsals, and other special events. The Institute was directed by Steven Mackey and culminated in a performance of The Burnished Tide by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Joann Falletta.
Carlson’s music ranges in variety from orchestral and chamber works, to vocal, choral, and electronic compositions. He is also an active arranger of sacred and secular music.
recent & upcoming events
circuits for guitar
MACRO (Music Analysis Creative Research Organization)
Mansfield Symphony, Thomas Hong (cond.)