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William Gardiner

New Haven, CT   

“a coherent vision and a rare ability to incorporate outside influences seamlessly into it … Classical music needs more new blood like this.”

                 - Anthony D’Amico, brainwashed.com

William Gardiner is an Australian composer currently based in the United States.

Gardiner’s multifaceted practice, taking in chamber, orchestral, and electronic music, is characterized by “a strong sense of grand sonic movement” (Adam Elmer, Cyclic Defrost), and perhaps most significantly, a special attention to sonority and close attention to sonic detail. This infatuation explains an output that manifests just as often with orchestral instruments in acoustic spaces as through the recorded medium, electronic music and studio techniques; for Gardiner these modes of making music are deployed to the same end.

The product of a diverse musical pedigree, he was born to a pair of passionate early music enthusiasts, and spent his youngest years immersed in baroque and renaissance music. His teenage years were accompanied by the revelation of rock music, leading to him taking up the drum set. Upon finishing high school, one of his first compositional efforts, written in imitation of Bach and Piazzolla, was selected for performance at the Sydney Opera House. Gardiner’s work has grown to take on the influence of a wide range of music–classical and non-classical, electronic and acoustic, popular and unpopular–as he forges his own musical direction, and has been credited as “absolutely stunning…a bright beacon of things to come” (Adam Mills, Mess+Noise).

Born in 1987, Gardiner is currently pursuing a doctorate at the Yale School of Music in the United States, where he studies with David Lang. He has also worked with Martin Bresnick and Aaron Jay Kernis. He previously attended the University of Sydney, completing degrees in arts and law.

In 2013 he is the recipient of a Presser Foundation Graduate Award and a winner of the Albany Symphony’s ‘Composer to Center Stage’ national composer search.


a single-movement work for 11-piece amplified ensemble including conductor and live electronic processing

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a work for string orchestra

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Hebbian Theory

First movement of a work for a trio of violin, clarinet and piano, currently in progress. Performed live at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, August 2013.

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