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Eric Lindsay

"the piece revealed a distinctive and very promising voice— witty, bold and highly skilled the handling of instrumental color and rhythmic complexity."
—Mike Greenberg, San Antonio Express News on Coronary Dance of the Destructive Sense

"a solid triumph for Lindsay...and was received with huge round of applause."
—Jules Langert, San Francisco Classical Voice on Sound Explanations

"His music is lush, evocative, with unusual lines...completely inventive."
—Charles Amirkhanian

Things picked up a bit with Eric Lindsay's "Darkness Made Visible," the premiere of the revised version of this 2003 work. Lindsay, a rising star still in his 20s, wrote the piece to depict the tension between traditional concert hall fare and new works, and the reluctance of orchestra audiences to embrace both. This intriguing premise is played out through an Ivesian clash of competing voices, with tonal traditions shoved out of the way by modern dissonance, then the two forces each growing more assertive and overlapping, building to a chaotic climax, and coalescing a bit more in the work's second half.
—Benjamin Frandzel, San Francisco Classical Voice

Recent and Upcoming Events  

May 2-3, 2014 - Premiere of Cosmic Ray and the Amazing Chris, libretto by Tracy Truels. New Voices Opera, Indiana University.

July 20 - Performance of Hopkin and the Wired Night for string quartet. Juilliard School string quartet, Summergarden, MoMA New York.

April 10, 2015 - Icarus performed by the New Juiliard Ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs.

April 16, 2015 - Premiere of Ascription (2014), a pop-up opera for 4 singers and 4 instrumentatlists, libretto by Tracy Truels. Commissioned by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for the exhibit Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World


Eric Lindsay’s music frequently plays upon the themes of style synthesis and the reinterpretation of tradition, and whose broad scope includes various approaches to concert music, interactive electronics, sound installation and film. Born in Santa Cruz in 1980 and raised on Whidbey Island, WA, Eric began composing at age nine. He holds composition degrees from Indiana University-Bloomington and USC, as well as studies at King’s College in London. His past instructors include Don Freund, Donald Crockett, Morten Lauridsen, P.Q. Phan, Claude Baker, Gabriela Ortiz, and Sydney Hodkinson.

His work has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, eighth blackbird, the Argento Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Del Sol Quartet, ADORNO Ensemble, Chamber Mix, Volti, Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, Holographic, and pianist Jenny Lin, among many others.

Recent national honors include becoming a finalist in the 2011 Finale National Competition Contest and winner of the 2012 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Audience of the Future competition, 2012 Lake George Music Festival’s Composition Competition and 2012 Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble Composers Competition, in addition to awards from the Koussevitzky Foundation, ASCAP, The Society of Composers Inc., Volti’s Choral Arts Laboratory, National Federation of Music Clubs’ Emil and Ruth Beyer awards, the Truman State/MACRO Competition and the Thornton School of Music. He has also participated in June in Buffalo, Aspen Music Festival, and the ACO Underwood New Music Readings.

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