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Louis GOLDFORD is a composer of acoustic and mixed music. Recent performances include those by Ensemble Linea, Wet Ink, the Talea Ensemble, Longleash, Yarn/Wire, Fonema Consort, the JACK Quartet, and Ensemble Dal Niente, among others. He is the recipient of a 2021 Fromm Commission from Harvard University. In 2019 Louis completed his Cursus at IRCAM, supported by the Fulbright Commission in France. He was concurrently a Laureate in Music Composition and resident composer of the Cité internationale des arts in Paris. Upcoming engagements include a premiere with the International Contemporary Ensemble.

His works have been featured at Royaumont Abbey, IRCAM’s ManiFESTE, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Northwestern University New Music Conference, the International Computer Music Conference, June in Buffalo, Contemporary Encounters with Meitar Ensemble and Ensemble Modern in Tel Aviv, the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival in Spain, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States National Conference, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory, the Composit New Music Festival in Italy, and the New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival. He was named the winner of the 2017 Suzhou (Chou’s) Composition Commission. Louis has also performed as a saxophonist in Taiwan, Poland, and the United States. His work Uncanny Valley (2014) for large orchestra was given Honorable Mentions at the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute and the 2015 American Composers Orchestra / Underwood New Music Readings, and in 2014 Louis was the recipient of a Dean’s Prize in Music Composition at Indiana University. Louis completed the Computer Music Workshop (Atelier d’informatique musicale) while studying at the IRCAM Académie and festival ManiFESTE. He was also a finalist in the 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for his Eric, Rising (2012) for orchestra.

Louis is currently a Dean’s Fellow at Columbia University, where he studies with Georg Friedrich Haas, Zosha Di CastriBrad GartonGeorge Lewis, and Fred Lerdahl.

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