LUKE CARLSON Composer & Conductor
The music of composer and conductor Luke Carlson (b. 1983) has been called “personal and strong” (New York Times), “magical”, and “otherworldly” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His compositions have been performed by individuals and ensembles across the country, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Daedalus String Quartet, Network for New Music, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival.
He is the recipient of the 2013 Jacob Druckman Prize, an orchestral commission (The Burnished Tide) from the Aspen Music Festival, premiered in Aspen under the direction of Robert Spano. Other recent honors include participating in the 2016 Wellesley Composer’s Conference, 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music, and the 2015 Edward T. Cone Composition Institute.
Sound & Silence for soprano and violin was selected winner of the 2016 Duo Cortona Competition. This new work will be premiered by soprano Rachel Calloway and violinist Ari Streisfeld in their upcoming season (date and location TBD).
I have accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Music at College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO. I coordinate the music theory and composition programs as well as conduct the orchestra. I'm very excited for this opportunity and new phase of my career.
Thrilled to participate as a fellow at the Composer’s Conference in Wellesley, Massachusets this July. Creations for sinfonietta was performed by conductor James Baker and the fantastic conference musicians.
Carlson’s music ranges in variety from orchestral and chamber works, to vocal, choral, and electronic compositions. He is also an active arranger of sacred and secular music.
recent & upcoming events
tomorrow’s work undone
For Voice and Piano
College of the Ozarks
edges for string quartet