Andrew Norman (b. 1979) is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and vocal music. A native Midwesterner raised in central California, Andrew studied the piano and viola before attending the University of Southern California and Yale. His teachers and mentors include Martha Ashleigh, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Stewart Gordon, Aaron Kernis, Ingram Marshall, and Martin Bresnick.
A lifelong enthusiast for all things architectural, Andrew writes music that is often inspired by forms and textures he encounters in the visual world. His music draws on an eclectic mix of instrumental sounds and notational practices, and it has been cited in the New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors” and in the L.A. Times for its “Chaplinesque” wit.
Andrew is increasingly active as an orchestral composer. His symphonic works, often noted for their clarity and vigor, have been commissioned and performed by some of the world’s leading ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, and the BBC Symphony among others.
Andrew’s chamber music has been featured at numerous venues in recent seasons, including theWordless Music Series at Le Poisson Rouge, the MATA Festival, the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series, the Juilliard School Focus Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. In May of 2010, the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble presented a portrait concert of Andrew’s music entitled “Melting Architecture.”
Andrew is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2005 ASCAP Nissim Prize, the 2006 Rome Prize and the 2009 Berlin Prize. His 30-minute string trio The Companion Guide to Rome was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Andrew joined the roster of Young Concert Artists as Composer in Residence in 2008, and held the title “Komponist für Heidelberg” for the 2010-2011 season. He served as Composer in Residence for the Boston Modern Orchestra project from 2011 to 2013 and currently holds that position with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia.
Upcoming projects for Andrew include new concertos for Emanuel Ax and Colin Currie as well as chamber projects for the Calder Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Jennifer Koh and Jeremy Denk.
Andrew recently moved to Los Angeles, where he teaches at the University of Southern California. His works are published by Schott Music.
Articles by Andrew Norman:
We are not just the inheritors and interpreters of a tradition, we are also the definers of that tradition, and we have a responsibility to pass on an art form...