Anna Clyne

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Anna Clyne (born 9 March 1980, in London) is an English composer, now resident in the USA. She has worked in both acoustic music and electro-acoustic music.


Clyne began writing music as a child, completing her first composition at age 11. She formally studied music at the University of Edinburgh, from which she graduated with a first-class Bachelor of Music degree with honours. She later studied at the Manhattan School of Music and earned a MA degree in music. Her teachers have included Marina Adamia, Marjan Mozetich and Julia Wolfe.

Clyne was director of the New York Youth Symphony's "Making Score" programme for young composers from 2008 to 2010. In October 2009, Clyne and Mason Bates were named co-composers in residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), as of the 2010–2011 season.[1] She took up the residency in 2010, for a scheduled term of 2 years. In January 2012, her CSO contract as co-composer in residence was extended through the 2013–2014 season.[2] After completing her tenure with the CSO, Clyne was announced as the composer-in-residence for Orchestre national d'Île-de-France from 2014 to 2016 and for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2015–2016 season.[3]

Clyne was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her double violin concerto, Prince of Clouds. She is also the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2016 Hindemith Prize; a 2010 Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; awards from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Jerome Foundation; and prizes from ASCAP and SEAMUS. She was nominated for the 2014 Times Breakthrough Award (UK) and is the recipient of a grant from Opera America to develop a new opera, Eva.

Selected compositions[edit]

Orchestra and chamber orchestra[edit]

Chamber music[edit]

  • Just As They Are for amplified ensemble and pre-recorded audio (2015)
  • A Wonderful Day for amplified ensemble and pre-recorded audio (2013)
  • Primula Vulgaris for string quartet (2010)
  • Shadow of the Words for string quartet (2010)
  • The Violin for string ensemble (2009)
  • 1987 for ensemble (2008)
  • Beware Of for alto flute, harp, viola and tape (2007)
  • Next.Stop for ensemble and tape (2007)[11]
  • Roulette for string quartet (2007)
  • Paint Box for amplified cello with guitar amp, music box and pre-recorded audio (2006)[12]
  • Steelworks for flute, bass clarinet, percussion and tape (2006)

Solo instrumental with tape/electronics[edit]

  • Secret Garden for drum set and tape (2013)
  • Rest These Hands for cello solo (2009)
  • Rest These Hands for violin solo (2009)
  • On Track for piano and tape (2007)
  • Rapture for clarinet and tape (2005)[13]
  • Choke for baritone saxophone (or bass clarinet) and tape (2004)
  • Fits + Starts for amplified cello and tape (2003)

Vocal works[edit]

  • This Lunar Beauty for soprano, mixed ensemble and pre-recorded audio (2015)
  • Pocket Book LXV for 8 voices (2015)
  • Pocket Book VIII for 8 voices (2015)
  • As Sudden Shut for 3 female voices and ensemble (2012)
  • Blush for baritone, laptop and chamber ensemble (2007)


  1. ^ Steve Smith (16 December 2009). "The New Faces Among the Older Guard". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  2. ^ "CSO Music Director Extends Terms of Mead Composers-in-Residence Mason Bates and Anna Clyne for Two Years" (PDF) (Press release). Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Composer Anna Clyne to Hold Residency with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra This Season". Broadway World. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  4. ^ Smith, Tim (10 May 2016). "BSO premieres colorful works by Anna Clyne, Joan Tower". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  5. ^ Battey, Robert (8 May 2016). "Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debuts two works from two 'uncommon' women". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  6. ^ Rhein, John von (29 May 2015). "'Seamstress' a bit threadbare in CSO premiere". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  7. ^ Hewett, Ivan (7 September 2013). "Proms 2013: Last Night of the Proms, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  8. ^ Johnson, Lawrence A. (7 February 2012). "Anna Clyne's Night Ferry set to sail after a long creative voyage". Chicago Classical Review. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  9. ^ Johnson, Lawrence A. (14 December 2012). "Clyne's new CSO work bridges the violin generations". Chicago Classical Review. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  10. ^ Anthony Tommasini (8 April 2009). "Four Debuts, One Farewell". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  11. ^ Steve Smith (1 May 2007). "Post-Minimalist Inspirations, From Bells to Subway Noise". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  12. ^ Steve Smith (22 October 2007). "Hybrid Doesn't Always Mean Synthesis". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  13. ^ Allan Kozinn (3 June 2009). "Pairing 2 Impulses: Dreamy and Brash". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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