Composer & Conductor

Luke Carlson


The music of composer and conductor Luke Carlson (b. 1983) has been described as “yielding fascinating timbres” (Washington Classical Review), “magical”, and “otherworldly” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and “personal and strong” (New York Times). Carlson draws equal inspiration from classical traditions and modern aesthetics, crafting vibrant and profound music that engages with the continuing story of tonality.

He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Aspen Music Festival’s Jacob Druckman Prize, a Copland House Fellowship, the grand prize in Symphony Number One’s Composer Competition, the Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, two first prizes in the MACRO Composers Competition, and two nominations for composition awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Latest News

Render Performance
June 23

Render for clarinet and electronics is going to be performed by Thiago Ancelmo on Sunday, June 23, 2:00–4:00 PM at the Fayetteville Public Library. The concert is part of the Trillium Salon Series and will feature the Khemia Ensemble, of which Thiago is a member.

Concision Performance
July 22

Concision for clarinet, saxophone, and piano is going to be performed by the Fuse Trio on Monday, July 22, 7:00 PM at the Cornerstone Church of Spring Green. The concert is part of the Rural Musicians Forum in Spring Green Wisconsin.

Render Video

A video recording of Render is now available on YouTube. So thankful for Thiago Ancelmo’s hard work and incredible artistry.

Notation Course

I recently completed a twelve-video course on how to use Dorico, music notation software. The course can be found here.

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recent & upcoming events

June 23


clarinet & electronics
Thiago Ancelmo, clarinet
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville, AR

July 22


clarinet, saxophone, piano
Christian Ellenwood, clarinet
Matthew Sintchak, saxophone
Clara Christian, piano
Cornerstone Church of Spring Green
Spring Green, WI

Mar 21


clarinet & electronics
Thaigo Ancelmo, clarinet
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO

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