Bryce Dessner

Composer, Frame of Mind

Bryce Dessner is a composer, guitarist, and curator who is also a member of the Grammy Award winning 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.

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. 

In 2018, Frame of Mind gains a new life on the Sydney stage with Dessner’s score performed live by the Australian String Quartet for the very first time, as part of the double bill Forever & Ever.

Bryce Dessner