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Ted Hearne (b. 1982, Chicago) is a composer, conductor and performer of new music. His work Katrina Ballads is the recipient of the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize in composition, and his piece Cordavi and Fig was recently praised by Allan Kozinn of the New York Times as "fresh and muscular." Ted's music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Calder Quartet, The Knights, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Transit Ensemble, and New York City Opera; heard at the MATA Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, Carlsbad Music Festival, and LPR'S Sleeping Giant; and commissioned by Chicago's Third Coast Percussion, San Francisco's Volti Choral Arts Laboratory, Charleston's New Music Collective, Newspeak, Huntsville Symphony, Albany Symphony and Ensemble ACJW. Upcoming commissions include works for DITHER Electric Guitar Quartet, Toomai Quintet, and a new work for Yale Glee Club and Yale Symphony Orchestra to be premiered at Carnegie Hall in April 2011.
Ted is the artistic director of Yes is a World, resident conductor of Red Light New Music, and for five years was composer-in-residence of the Chicago Children's Choir. He served as music director for the premieres of David Lang’s opera Anatomy Theatre (performed by ICE, 2005), Michael Gordon’s Lightning at our Feet (BAM Next Wave Festival, 2008), and Bryan Senti's From the margins, this, unmentioned (Brooklyn Lyceum, 2009); as well as the American premieres of Constantine Koukias's Prayer Bells and Beat Fürrer's Gaspra. Ted has received the 2008 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony in Fall 2009, and has recently completed collaborations with composer J.G. Thirlwell and renowned filmmaker Bill Morrison. As a singer, Ted was a featured performer in Matt Marks's The Little Death Vol. 1 and Jacob Cooper's Timberbrit, recently seen at the Incubator Arts Project of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater. His first album, Katrina Ballads, was released to rave reviews in August 2010 on New Amsterdam Records.
Ted attended Manhattan School of Music and Yale School of Music, and has studied with Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ezra Laderman, David Lang, Nils Vigeland and Julia Wolfe. His work is available exclusively through Good Child Music.
More info at www.tedhearne.com