Mario Merz Prize

Edition 2


Geoffrey Gordon

Geoffrey Gordon (Flint, Michigan 1968) lives and works primarily in New York City

A winner of the Aaron Copland Award, Geoffrey Gordon has been described as “a rising star in contemporary music” (Le Monde). His 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 “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, “a cosmic beauty of acutely crafted music.”

He has worked with many of the best ensembles in the world, including the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, JACK Quartet, Zeitfluss, Ensemble Aleph, Fulcrum Point, Third Angle Ensemble, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Commissions in 2017 and beyond include new works for the London Philharmonia, the Munich Philharmonic and the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as new works for celebrated soloists Evelyn Glennie and Tim McAllister.