Christopher Trapani

Born in New Orleans/Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, then spent most of his twenties overseas: a year in London,  working on a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music with Julian Anderson; a year in Istanbul, studying microtonality in Ottoman music on a Fulbright grant; and seven years in Paris, where he studied with Philippe Leroux and worked at IRCAM. In 2015 he spent eight months in Stuttgart as a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, and in 2016/2017 spent eleven months at the American Academy in Rome, as the winner of the Luciano Berio Rome Prize.
Since 2010, Christopher has lived in New York City, where he earned a doctorate at Columbia University, with Tristan Murail, George Lewis, Georg Friedrich Haas and Fred Lerdahl.

Christopher is the winner of the 2007 Gaudeamus International Composers Award. His scores have been performed by ICTUS, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ekmeles and Spektral Quartet, amongst others. Recent projects include PolychROME, a co-commission from Ensemble L’Itinéraire and Ensemble Modern and Shotgun Shoegazefor the Belgian electric guitar quartet ZWERM. His work will be featured on a forthcoming portrait CD on New Focus Recordings, with performances by Talea Ensemble, JACK Quartet, singer Lucy Dhegrae and pianist Marilyn Nonken.


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