Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman

Born: October 31st, 1979
Country of origin: United States of America


The Companion Guide to Rome
August 4th, 2015 | Damariscotta, ME - United States of America

In Transition
September 15th, 2015 | Englische Kirche - Zermatt - Switzerland


There is no end to the odd sounds Norman entices from a fairly conventional chamber ensemble. Strings buzzed like insects. Winds burst in with pinpoint dabs of color. - Mark Swed, The Los Angeles Times

Andrew Norman has emerged in recent years as one of the most compelling and interesting musical voices of his generation. Drawing on an eclectic mix of instrumental sounds and notational practices, his music has been cited in The New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors” and in the Los Angeles Times for its “Chaplinesque” wit. Principally a composer of chamber and orchestral music, Andrew Norman was born in the Midwest and raised in central California. He studied the piano and viola before attending the University of Southern California and Yale. His teachers include Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Martin Bresnick, Aaron Kernis, Ingram Marshall and Martha Ashleigh. A lifelong enthusiast for all things architectural, Norman writes music that is often inspired by forms and textures he encounters in the visual world.

The Los Angeles and Royal Liverpool philharmonics, Grand Rapids and Oakland East Bay symphonies, Minnesota Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival have commissioned orchestral works from Norman, and his chamber works have been featured at major festivals and venues throughout North America and Europe with commissions coming from the Scharoun Ensemble, Ensemble Berlin and the Walden Chamber Players. Norman was a fellow at the American Academies in Rome and Berlin and he has held residencies with the Des Moines Symphony and with Young Concert Artists. During the 2010-11 season, Norman composed a Theremin concerto for Carolina Eyck while serving as composer-in-residence for the city of Heidelberg. In 2012, Norman was nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his string trio, The Companion Guide to Rome. Norman served for two years as composer-in-residence with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and is currently composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia. Recent projects include commissions from the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Sound Investment, Calder Quartet, pianist Jeremy Denk, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, pianist Emanuel Ax, and Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, among many others. During the 2014-2015 season, Norman receives the premiere of a new work by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as well as a new string quartet with the Calder Quartet. Upcoming projects include collaborations with eighth blackbird, Jeffrey Kahane, Colin Currie and Jennifer Koh.

Norman enjoys helping people of all ages explore and create music and considers this an important part of his life as a musician. He has participated in numerous educational residencies throughout America, working especially with children to collectively make and appreciate abstract instrumental music. Norman is an Assistant Professor of Composition at The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

Norman currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and his music is published exclusively worldwide by Schott Music.