Martin Bresnick was born in New York City in 1946. He was educated
at the High School of Music and Art, the University of Hartford (B.A.
'67), Stanford University (M.A. '68, D.M.A. '72), and the Akademie
für Musik, Vienna ('69-'70). His principal teachers of composition
include György Ligeti, John Chowning, and Gottfried von Einem.
Presently Professor of Composition and Coordinator of the Composition
Department at the Yale School of Music, he has also taught at the
San Francisco Conservatory of Music (1971-72) and Stanford University
(1972-75). He has served as the Valentine Professor of Music, Amherst
College (1993), the Mary Duke Biddle Professor of Music, Duke University
(1998), the Cecil and Ida Green Visiting Professor of Composition,
University of British Columbia (2000), Composer-in-Residence, Australian
Youth Orchestra National Music Camp (2001 and 2004), International
Bartok Seminar, Director of Composition (2001), Visiting Professor
of Composition, Eastman School of Music (2002-2003), Visiting Professor,
New College, Oxford (2004), Housewright Eminent Scholar and Featured
Guest Composer, Florida State University (2005), Visiting Composer, Royal Academy of Music, London (2005), Visiting Composer, Harvard University, (2009), Visiting Composer, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea (2009), Macgeorge Fellow, Melbourne University (2010), Composer in Residence (2010-2011) Mannes College of Music.
Mr. Bresnick's compositions cover a wide range of instrumentation,
from chamber music to symphonic compositions and computer music.
His orchestral music has been performed by the National Symphony,
Chicago Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony,
New Haven Symphony, Münster Philharmonic, Kiel Philharmonic,
Orchestra of the Radio Televisione Italiana, Orchestra New England,
City of London Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de
Sao Paulo, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra,
Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonika, and Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka. His chamber
music has been performed in concert by The Chamber Music Society
of Lincoln Center; Sonor; Da Capo Chamber Players; Speculum Musicae;
Bang on A Can All Stars; Nash Ensemble; MusicWorks!; Zeitgeist; Left
Coast Ensemble; Musical Elements.
His music has been heard at numerous festivals: Sonic Boom, Bang
on a Can, Adelaide, Israel, Prague Spring, South Bank's Meltdown,
Almeida, Turin, Tanglewood, Banff, Norfolk, ISCM, New Music America,
New Horizons. He has received commissions from: The Norfolk Chamber
Music Festival (1985), Orchestra New England (1986), Connecticut
String Orchestra (1986), N.E.A. (consortium commission) (1987), Monticello
Trio (1988), Koussevitzky Foundation (1989), Meet-the-Composer Reader's
Digest commissioning program (1992), Greater Bridgeport Symphony
(1992), National Endowment for the Arts (1992), Institute of Sacred
Music (1993), Macon Arts Alliance (1994), Fromm Foundation (1995),
Lincoln Center Chamber Players (1997), Sequitur (1997), Connecticut
Commission on the Arts (1997), Meet-the-Composer (1998), Chamber
Music America (1999).
He has received many prizes, among them: Fulbright Fellowship (1969-70),
Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching at Stanford University
(1973), three N.E.A. Composer Grants (1974, 1979, 1990); A.S.C.A.P.
Awards (1975-present); Rome Prize Fellowship (1975-76), MacDowell
Colony Fellowship (1977), Morse Fellowship from Yale University (1980-81),
First Prize, Premio Ancona (1980), First Prize, International Sinfonia
Musicale Competition (1982), Connecticut Commission on the Arts Grant,
with Chamber Music America (1983), two First Prizes, Composers Inc.
Competitions (1985, 1989), Semi-finalist, Friedheim Awards (1987),
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Elise L. Stoeger Prize
for Chamber Music (1996), "Charles Ives Living" award,
American Academy of Arts & Letters (1998), Composer-in Residence,
American Academy In Rome (1999), the ASCAP Foundation's Aaron Copland
Prize for teaching (2000), Berlin Prize Fellow, American Academy
in Berlin (2001) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2003), and elected to membership, American Academy of Arts and Letters (2006).
Mr. Bresnick has written music for films, two of which, Arthur & Lillie
(1975) and The Day After Trinity (1981), were nominated for Academy
Awards in the documentary category, (both with Jon Else, director).
Mr. Bresnick's music has been recorded by Cantaloupe Records, Composers Recordings Incorporated,
Centaur, New World Records, Artifact Music and Albany Records and
is published by Carl Fischer Music (NY), Bote and Bock, Berlin and
CommonMuse Music Publishers, New Haven.