Geoffrey Gordon's list of works includes orchestral and chamber music—vocal and instrumental—as well as scores for theater, dance and film.  His music has been called "darkly seductive" (The New York Times), “brilliant” (Boston Globe), “stunning” (Milwaukee Journal), “wonderfully idiomatic” (Salt Lake Tribune), “haunting” (Strings Magazine) and “remarkable” (Fanfare).  Chicago Tribune music critic John von Rhein called Mr. Gordon’s lux solis aeterna, premiered by the acclaimed Fulcrum Point New Music Project, “a cosmic beauty … of acutely crafted music.” And music critic Lawrence Johnson, of Classical Review, called Mr. Gordon’s work Tiger Psalms, “a very impressive and significant world premiere … the composer makes the music sing magnificently.”


A winner of the Aaron Copland Award, Mr. Gordon has twice served as composer-in-residence at the Aaron Copland House.  His work has been funded by the Barlow Endowment, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United Performing Arts Fund, the Concert Artists Guild, the American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, the MacArthur Foundation, the American Music Center, the Abelson Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, the Cheswatyr Foundation and the Bush Foundation.  He has been in residence at the La Napoule Arts Foundation in Cannes, and at the historic Cliff Dweller Club in Chicago.  He has been nominated for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Elise Stoeger Prize, and recognized by the Academy of Arts and Letters.  He has received academic fellowship support from the University of Wisconsin, Boston University, New York University and the Guildhall in London.   


Over the past several seasons, Mr. Gordon’s works have been performed more than fifty times on three continents, including premieres conducted by rising stars including Rory Macdonald, James Gaffigan, Christophe Mueller and Ilan Volkov, and featuring soloists Toke Møldrup, Moshe Aharonov, Megumi Kanda and Carol Wincenc. Next season and beyond, highlights include new works for celebrated soloists including London Philharmonia principal bass clarinet, Laurent Ben Slimane (commissioned concerto after Kafka’s Prometheus); Munich Philharmonic principal trumpet, Guido Segers (commissioned concerto inspired by the sculptures of Swiss artist, Alberto Giacometti); English Symphony Orchestra principals Simon Desbruslais and Clare Hammond (trumpet and piano), Grammy award-winning soloist Tim McAllister (saxophone), left handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy, percussionist Evelyn Glennie and guitarist Craig Ogden.  

Mr Gordon has worked with (or soon will work with) some of the best ensembles in the world, including the London Philharmonia, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra,  the Minnesota Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, JACK Quartet, Zeitfluss, Ensemble Meitar, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the International Contemporary Ensemble. In March of 2016, he will serve as composer in residence at the International Centre for Composers in Visby, Sweden. He received the 2015 commission award from the American Music Project, with a major new chamber work for clarinet and string quartet (the JACK Quartet and Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of New York Philharmonic) which premiered in New York City and Chicago. The English Symphony Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic will issues commercial recordings featuring Mr. Gordon’s works in the coming year. In December 2015, cellist Toke Møldrup premiered Mr. Gordon’s cello sonata, FATHOMS, after Shakespeare’s Tempest , at Carnegie Hall in New York. A commercial recording will follow.  The work was nominated for the Pulitzer and Grawemeyer prizes.   His vocal work Winterleben , for horn, mezzo-soprano and piano was premiered in August 2015, in Los Angeles, as part of the 47th International Horn Symposium. He has been shortlisted for the 2016 Mario Merz Prize for music composition.

Forthcoming projects include a new work for symphonic winds and percussion, co-commissioned by more than 20 university wind orchestras in US and UK, a new song cycle for the baritone Tobias Greenhalgh (Peter Quince at the Clavier), to complement his 2015 song cycle Sonnets from Neruda, and new orchestral and chamber works in collaboration with with top international soloists, including new concertos for guitarist Craig Odgen, left-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy, and BBC Young Musician and horn soloist, Benjamin Goldscheider. 


He has been featured on the cover of M Magazine, and profiled on National Public Radio. His work has been broadcast on WFMT in Chicago and WNYC in New York.  Mr. Gordon has also served as an ASCAP representative in Washington, lobbying Congress on behalf of copyright protection and composers’ rights. He serves as composer-in-residence for the Boston-based Xanthos Ensemble and is a staff composer for the American Composers Orchestra in New York City.




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Gordon: A Canticle in Shards
Gordon: Lux solis aeterna
Gordon: wrecked angels
Gordon: Bright White Smooth
Gordon: Fancywork
Gordon: La tristesse durera toujours
Gordon: Ink on Paper
Gordon: Shock Diamonds
Gordon: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Cello
Gordon: Meditation and Allegro for Viola and Chamber Ensemble
Gordon: Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
Gordon: Abaciscus (for string quartet)
Gordon: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (after Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus)
Gordon: Duo Sonata
Gordon: Winterleben
Gordon: FATHOMS: Five Impressions of Shakespeare's The Tempest (with Prelude) for cello and piano
Gordon: Crucifixus (for SSAATTBB and solo cello)
Gordon: PUCK - fleeing from the dawn

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