Bryce Dessner

Composer, Frame of Mind

Bryce Dessner is a Brooklyn based composer, guitarist, and curator who is also a member of the Grammy Award-nominated band The National.

Dessner has established himself as an acclaimed and sought after composer, working with some of the world’s most creative and respected musicians. Dessner’s recent commissions include pieces for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Edinburg International Festival, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Kronos Quartet, Sō Percussion, and eighth blackbird, among others.

This May the Barbican Centre in London will present a marathon weekend of music curated by Dessner, that includes the world premiere of Wave Movements featuring a film by acclaimed artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Recordings of Dessner’s compositions, performed by the Kronos Quartet, were released in 2013 by Anti- on an album entitled Aheym.

In 2014 Deutsche Grammophon released St Carolyn By the Sea, which features three of Dessner’s orchestral works performed by the Copenhagen Philharmonic and conducted by Andre de Ridder. Dessner is also the founder and artistic director of the annual MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio, which presented its tenth season 13-15 March, 2015. In addition, Bryce and his brother Aaron produced the Red Hot Organization’s extensive AIDS charity compilation, Dark was the Night, which has raised over 2 million dollars for AIDS charities. They are currently working on a follow up for Red Hot featuring covers and interpretations of The Grateful Dead’s songs. Dessner is currently composer-in-residence at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.

In 2015, Rafael Bonachela’s brand new piece Frame of Mind will be set to a soundtrack of original compositions by Bryce Dessner in a recording by the Kronos Quartet. 

Bryce Dessner