Maryland Native Alistair Coleman Named Young Composer-in-Residence

The National Philharmonic is excited to announce that Alistair Coleman has been named the Young Composer-in-Residence for the orchestra’s 2017-18 season. Coleman, currently a composition student at the Juilliard School, was first exposed to the National Philharmonic when he attended one of the free classical concerts at Strathmore for Montgomery County second graders.

Coleman reminisced: "I attended a concert with my classmates and over 1500 other elementary schoolers from Montgomery County. I vividly remember climbing the long staircase to our seats on the second tier, and looking down at the beautiful hall and orchestra below. Little did I know that 10 years later, members of this ensemble would premier music I composed. With the guidance and trust of the nurturing artistic leadership, administration, and Board of Directors, NP has played a vital role in curating my journey toward becoming a professional musician."

Coleman’s piece, Of Radiance and Light, was commissioned by the National Philharmonic and premiered at Strathmore Hall in November 2016. Another original work will be premiered at a National Philharmonic concert entitled Northern Lights in April 2018. Coleman’s music has been programmed broadly, including performances by the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra and Contemporary Ensemble, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra, Houston Brass Band, Boston University Marsh Chapel Choir, Takoma String Ensemble, Cathedral Choral Society, and National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows.

With three published works, Coleman is the youngest composer ever published by E.C. Schirmer Music Company in its nearly one-hundred-year history. He is a winner of the American Composers Forum Next Notes Competition, a 2017 National Young Arts winner, the 2016 “Audience Choice Award” winner from Symphony Number One, winner of the 2013 NAfME Young Composers Competition, and a two-time winner of the Maryland State Young Composers Competition. He has received recognition in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award.

Coleman has studied composition at the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Curtis Young Artists Summer Program, Oberlin Summer Composition Workshop, and the New York Summer Music Festival. His has studied with Richard Danielpour and David Ludwig, faculty members at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Alistair currently studies with Robert Beaser at Juilliard.

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