Elijah Daniel Smith Graduate Student: Composition; President's Fellow

Praised by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a “rising star”, composer Elijah Daniel Smith is quickly establishing himself as one of today’s leading young composers. His music, which has been described as “gnashing and relentless” (Chicago Tribune), and as “a compilation of sounds that defy their source” (Picture This Post), ranges from orchestral compositions to multimedia and interdisciplinary collaborations. Elijah’s affinity for dense and complex textures, rhythmic ambiguity and fluidity, and rich gravitational harmonies shines through in all of his creations. His music has been premiered and performed by world renowned ensembles such as The Chicago Symphony Orchestra for MusicNOW, the American Composers Orchestra, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Mivos Quartet, Bergamot Quartet, Sō Percussion, Sandbox Percussion, Contemporaneous, ~Nois, DITHER, Copland House, Ensemble Linea, Ecce Ensemble, Fuse Quartet, the Lea Mattson Collective, and Earspace. Upcoming projects include new works for Alarm Will Sound, Yarn / Wire, the New England Philharmonic, and the American Composers Orchestra.

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