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David Biedenbender

East Lansing, MI         

David Biedenbender (b. 1984, Waukesha, Wisconsin) is a composer, conductor, performer, educator, and interdisciplinary collaborator. David’s music has been described as “simply beautiful” [twincities.com, Minneapolis/St. Paul], “striking” and “brilliantly crafted” [Times Argus] and is noted for its “rhythmic intensity” [NewMusicBox] and “stirring harmonies” [Boston Classical Review].“Modern, venturesome, and inexorable…The excitement, intensity, and freshness that characterizes Biedenbender’s music hung in the [air] long after the last note was played” [Examiner.com]. He has written music for the concert stage as well as for dance and multimedia collaborations, and his work is often influenced by his diverse musical experiences in rock and jazz bands as an electric bassist, in wind, jazz, and New Orleans-style brass bands as a euphonium, bass trombone, and tuba player, and by his study of Indian Carnatic Music. His present creative interests include working with everyone from classically trained musicians to improvisers, acoustic chamber music to large ensembles, and interactive electronic interfaces to live brain data.

He has had the privilege of collaborating with and being commissioned by many talented performers and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, the Stenhammar String Quartet (Sweden), the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, the Music from Copland House Ensemble, the U.S. Navy Band, Philharmonie Baden-Baden (Germany), VocalEssence, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Detroit Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Randy Hawes, the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir, among many others. Recent recognition for David’s work includes two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (2011, 2012) and the 2012 Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composers Award.

His music has been heard in many diverse venues, including Symphony Space (NYC), the German Embassy (Washington, DC), the Antonín Dvořák Museum (Prague), Harris Hall (Aspen Music Festival), the Old First Church (San Francisco), the Smithsonian Museum, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Hill Auditorium (Ann Arbor, MI), among others, as well as at numerous universities and conservatories, and it has been broadcast on NPR stations around the country, including on WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer and on Center Stage from Wolf Trap. David’s music can also be heard on several commercially available recordings, including the U.S. Navy Band’s and the North Texas Wind Symphony’s most recent albums. Recent and upcoming commissions and projects include works for yMusic, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra, the Edge Ensemble (Netherlands), San Francisco Symphony principal trombonist Tim Higgins, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, Kevin Sedatole and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, and a work for prepared piano for pianist Jeannette Fang.

In addition to composing, David is a dedicated teacher. He is Assistant Professor of Composition in the College of Music at Michigan State University, and he has served previously on the composition and theory faculty at Boise State University, Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, Madonna University, Music in the Mountains Summer Conservatory in Durango, CO, and the Interlochen Arts Camp. He has also taught an interdisciplinary course in creativity and collaboration in the Living Arts program at the University of Michigan. His composition students have achieved regional and national recognition for their creative work, including numerous awards and acceptance into renowned summer music festivals and undergraduate and graduate composition programs.

He received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in composition from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree in composition and theory from Central Michigan University, and he has also studied at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study with Anders Hillborg and Steven Stucky, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and in Mysore, India where he studied south Indian carnatic music. His musical mentors include Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Kristin Kuster, Stephen Rush, Christopher Lees, David R. Gillingham, José Luis-Maurtúa, John Williamson, and Mark Cox. For more information, visit www.davidbiedenbender.com.


performed by Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson, conductor

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you’ve been talking in your sleep

commissioned by the PRISM Saxophone Quartet. recording by the Don Sinta Saxophone Quartet.

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Resonance Modes

prepared piano and live electronics

Jeannette Fang, piano
David Biedenbender, electronics

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