In Bryan Christian’s Combination, for cello and percussion, the score is generated in real-time based on pitch measurements of metallic percussion instruments chosen by the performer.
Composer Bryan Christian (b. 1984) has received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the 59th Festival Les Musicales (2011; Colmar, France), the 19th and 20th Juventus Festivals (2009 and 2010; Cambrai, France), 2011 Monadnock Music in consortium with the Duke University Department of Music, the Ohio Northern University Symphony Orchestra, the Aurora Borealis Duo, pianist Julien Libeer, and famed new music soprano Susan Narucki, among others. Mr. Christian is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Fulbright Fellowship (Full Grant) to Estonia, the BMI Student Composer Award, the Indiana University Dean's Prize in Music Composition, and the William Klenz Prize in Music Composition.
Mr. Christian is Ph.D. Candidate in Music Composition at Duke University (ABD; expected Spring 2014). For 2013-14, he holds the Julian Price Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Humanities and History to support the completion of his dissertation opera. Mr. Christian was also awarded a 2013 Dissertation Research Travel Award to support his research on the music of Claude Vivier, the subject of his dissertation article. In 2012, he held the Duke University Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship and from 2010-13, Mr. Christian held a Duke University Graduate Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship. From 2007-08 and 2009-10 (interrupted by his Fulbright year in Estonia), Mr. Christian held a Graduate Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship at the University of California San Diego, where in 2010 he was awarded the TA Excellence Award for Superior Teaching Performance.
Mr. Christian holds degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (B.Mus. with honors, 2007), University of California San Diego (M.A., 2010), and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (M.A., 2009). Mr. Christian has studied composition with Scott Lindroth, Stephen Jaffe, Chinary Ung, Toivo Tulev, Helena Tulve, Sven-David Sandström, Claude Baker, Don Freund, and P.Q. Phan.