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Kerwin Young

Atlanta, GA      

Kerwin Young is a prolific composer and man of distinction. His works acknowledge and celebrate indigenous and/or forgotten cultures, legendary heroes, and social commentary; fused with an international and historical use of extended harmonic and orchestration practices. Composer of eight symphonies, ballet suites, orchestral fantasies, chamber works, jazz big-band, film, television, and video games, Kerwin Young is an International treasure.

Kerwin holds Bachelor of Music (’12) and Master of Music degrees in music composition (’15) from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he studied with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Bobby Watson. 

Awards and Accolades: 2020 Teresa Carreño Fellow with the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. 2020 commission by Inscape Chamber Orchestra. 2019 recipient of the ACO-EarShot residency with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 2017 U.S. Cultural Ambassador for Hip-Hop (Egypt). 2016 Sphinx Organization Mpower Artist Grant with Tami Hughes. 2014-2015 composer residency with the Chicago Modern Orchestra. 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction (Public Enemy). Multiple Grammy nominations (1989-present).

A Composers Passion

Oboe (Titus Underwood), Piano (Peter Henderson)

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