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  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition
  • Interim Director of the Electronic Music Studios
Office Phone: 512-471-0865
Office Location: MRH 4.156
  • Composition

Winner of the 2016-17 Luciano Berio Rome Prize, Christopher Trapani maintains an active career in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in Continental Europe. Commissions have come from the BBC, the JACK Quartet, Ensemble Modern, and Radio France, and his works have been heard at Carnegie Hall, Southbank Centre, Ruhrtriennale, IRCAM, and Wigmore Hall.

Christopher’s music weaves American and European stylistic strands into a personal aesthetic that defies easy classification. Snippets of Delta Blues, Appalachian folk, dance band foxtrots, shoegaze guitar effects and Turkish makam can be heard alongside spectral swells.

and meandering canons. As in Christopher’s hometown of New Orleans, diverse traditions coexist and intermingle, swirled into a rich melting pot.

Christopher Trapani was born in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA). He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard, 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.

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 Prize. His scores have been performed by ICTUS, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Spektral Quartet, amongst others. Recent projects include PolychROME a co-commission from Ensemble L’Itinéraire and Ensemble Modern, for the 2017 Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik. 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.

Christopher is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow. His debut CD, Waterlines, featuring performances by Talea Ensemble, JACK Quartet, and others, was released on New Focus Recordings in 2018.

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