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John B Hedges

Philadelphia, PA      

The inspired and multifaceted music of composer John B Hedges has been performed throughout the U.S. as well as Canada, France and England. As a composer and conductor he has worked with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, New Jersey Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble among others. He has conducted concerts at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Academie Musicale de Villecroze, the Aldeburgh Festival. His most recent compositions show a remarkable range: A Shipwreck Opera in One Act, in collaboration with fiction writer Aimee Bender, Exeter Riddles, choral settings of Anglo-Saxon Riddles; On the Good Foot, a tribute to James Brown for large ensemble; and Fantasi¬a sobre Yma Sumac, a clarinet concerto inspired by the eclectic music of Peruvian songstress Yma Sumac. The latter was premiered by clarinetist Ana Victoria Luperi and the Fort Worth Symphony where Hedges served as composer-in-residence for the 2011-2012 season.

Son of a rock musician, Hedges began studying classical music at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his B.A. in 1994 and his M.M. from Westminster Choir College in 1997. He then completed post-graduate studies at the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Richard Danielpour and Ned Rorem. During that time, Hedges spent his summers attending the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with John Harbison and George Tsontakis and attended the Contemporary Composition and Performance course at the Britten-Pears School (as both composer and conductor.) He subsequently returned to the U.K. to apprentice with Oliver Knussen. In addition, he has participated in the Academie Musicale de Villecroze in France, in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Composition and Conducting Institute and assisted composer Tan Dun on the Metropolitan Opera premiere of The First Emperor. In addition, Hedges is an active orchestral arranger working with artists such as Time for Three, the Minnesota Orchestra, and Trampled by Turtles.

Hedges has a strong commitment to education and has worked with students of all ages, from the Aledo Middle School Band in Texas to upcoming events at USC and Stanford University. He also served as a full-time Visiting Lecturer in Music Theory and Composition at SUNY New Paltz. Included among his many awards and honors is the Theodore Presser Grant, a 2006 Independence Foundation Fellowship, grants and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, a Music Alive New Partners Residency with the Richmond Symphony and multiple residencies at the artists’ community Yaddo, where he met his wife, visual artist Lynn Palewicz. They currently live and work in the Philadelphia area with their son, Bran.

Three Pieces for Orchestra: 1. Games

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Three Pieces for Orchestra: 2. Crying Girl

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Three Pieces for Orchestra: 3. Awakening

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