Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman

creative advisor & composer-in-residence

Andrew Norman has emerged as one of the most compelling musical voices of his generation. He studied the piano and viola before attending the University of Southern California and Yale, and his teachers and mentors include Martha Ashleigh, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Stewart Gordon, Aaron Jay 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 explores the act of interpretation in classical music and draws on an eclectic mix of instrumental sounds, notational practices and non-linear narrative structures to do so. His distinctive voice has been cited in The New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors.”

Andrew’s symphonic works have been performed by leading orchestras worldwide, including the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics; Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras; Los Angeles and Orpheus chamber orchestras; BBC Symphony; and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich. His chamber music has been featured at major festivals and venues throughout North America and Europe with commissions coming from the Scharoun Ensemble, Ensemble Berlin and Aspen Music Festival, among others.

Andrew is the recipient of the ASCAP Nissim Prize, Rome Prize and Berlin Prize. He has held residencies with the Young Concert Artists, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the city of Heidelberg in Germany. He currently serves as composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia. Andrew’s The Companion Guide to Rome was named a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

He recently completed a symphony-length orchestra piece, Play, as well as a piano concerto for Emanuel Ax.  Upcoming projects include collaborations with the Calder Quartet, eighth blackbird, Jeremy Denk, Jeffrey Kahane, Colin Currie and Jennifer Koh.

Andrew lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the USC Thornton School of Music.  His works are published by Schott Music.


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Meet the composer, hear excerpts of the score-in-progress and attend a full orchestral rehearsal of the completed work.