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Alexandra Gardner

Baltimore, MD         

Praised as “highly lyrical and provocative of thought” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “mesmerizing” (The New York Times), and “pungently attractive” (The Washington Post), the music of composer Alexandra Gardner draws inspiration from sources including mythology, contemporary art forms, and her training as a percussionist. Composing for varied instrumentations and often mixing acoustic instruments with electronics, Gardner is building new audiences for contemporary music through an expressive sound and flair for the imaginative and unexpected.

Gardner’s compositions have been featured at festivals and venues throughout the world, including performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Warsaw Autumn Festival, MATA, Beijing Modern Festival, Centro de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Look & Listen, Conservatory of Amsterdam, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, Festival Cervantino, and The Kennedy Center. Her music has been commissioned and performed by acclaimed ensembles and musicians such as SOLI Chamber Ensemble, cellist Joshua Roman, Percussions de Barcelona, NOW Ensemble, pianist Jenny Lin, and The Seattle Chamber Players.

Recent performance highlights include the world premieres of Just Say Yes for the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Ludovic Morlot and featuring drummer Alan White from the band Yes on drum set, Banyan by the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, and Ciphers and Constellations for string orchestra with electronics, commissioned by The String Orchestra of Brooklyn. During the summer of 2016 the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble took eight newly commissioned works including Gardner’s Vixen for mixed chamber ensemble on a tour of National Parks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park System.

Gardner’s music has received honors and awards from organizations such as ASCAP, American Music Center, American Composers Forum, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Maryland State and District of Columbia Arts Councils, Meet The Composer, The Netherland-America Foundation, Open Meadows Foundation, the Prix Ton Bruynèl, and the Smithsonian Institution. She has conducted residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and The MacDowell Colony. She was awarded the 2002-03 Vassar College W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts, and from 2002-2004 she served as a visiting composer at the Institut Universitari de l’Audiovisual in Barcelona, Spain. Her music is recorded on the Innova, Ars Harmonica, and Naxos labels.

Gardner holds degrees from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and Vassar College. She currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

For more information, please visit www.alexandragardner.net.

Articles by Alexandra Gardner:

Listen June 10 2014 | By Alexandra Gardner
Sounds Heard: Andy Biskin Ibid—Act Necessary

Andy Biskin's quartet Ibid contains clarinet, cornet, trombone, and drums; it's a quirky group, playing some appropriately zany tunes, to the point where, if you close your eyes for certain...

Listen May 27 2014 | By Alexandra Gardner
Sounds Heard: Jefferson Friedman & Craig Wedren—On In Love

Composers Jefferson Friedman and Craig Wedren have joined forces to shove their different-yet-connected musical worlds successfully closer together into the album On In Love. With the ensemble ACME, the two...

Articles May 22 2014 | By Alexandra Gardner
The Class of 2013

We are nearly finished with the NewMusicBox @ 15 Anniversary Celebration! This is a look back to some of the most interesting content of 2013 in a "yearbook award" format....

Articles May 21 2014 | By Alexandra Gardner
2012: A Baker’s Dozen

2012 was so chock full of great content that it was honestly tough to choose these thirteen highlights! Whether you prefer to read, get creatively active, or massage your ears...

Articles May 20 2014 | By Alexandra Gardner
Twelve Tidbits from 2011

2011 marked numerous changes—especially within the realm of technology and how we use it—that set NewMusicBox on the path to the present day.

Articles May 19 2014 | By Alexandra Gardner
2010: Favorite Things And Inspirations

2010 was significant for me personally since I officially began working at The Box that year. Included in this post are links to favorite articles, inspiring composer interviews, and assorted...

Articles May 16 2014 | By Alexandra Gardner
2009: Just Add A Dollop Of Salsa

As you may have noticed, our artist interviews are a hugely important part of "The Box." The variety of musicians and genres represented are why we coined the slogan, "Expect...

Listen April 15 2014 | By Alexandra Gardner
Sounds Heard: Adventures Far and Wide

The albums featured this week include Glenn Kotche's Adventureland, Troubadour Blue by Nils Bultmann, and Ryonen by Man Forever with So Percussion. Come have a listen!

Listen March 25 2014 | By Alexandra Gardner
Sounds Heard: These Just Out

This week features three hot off the press releases by Puppet's Records, Cantaloupe, and New World Records.