Multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey is celebrated for his incomparable virtuosity, effortless mastery and memorization of highly complex scores, and an extraordinary ability to blend composition and improvisation in his work. He has performed widely with his own ensembles as well as other internationally renowned artists. Named a 2017 MacArthur fellow, he has received commissions from numerous artists and ensembles, including JACK Quartet, Ojai Music Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Alarm Will Sound, among others. Sorey has taught and lectured on composition and improvisation at Columbia University, The University of Michigan, The Banff Centre, Hochschule für Musik Köln, University of California in Berkeley, Harvard University, and The Danish Rhythmic Conservatory. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music and African American Studies at Wesleyan University.
In 2020 Tyshawn Sorey will be for the first time tutor for composition at Darmstadt Summer Course.