Davíð Brynjar Franzson

Davíð Brynjar Franzson is an Icelandic composer currently residing in New York. His works have been performed by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble Surplus, Avanti!, Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Aventure, either or, Yarn/Wire, Oslo Sinfonietta, Caput, Uusynta , Asamisimasa ,+/- , Red Fish Blue Fish and Inauthentica. He holds a doctorate degree from Stanford University where he worked with Brian Ferneyhough and Mark Applebaum as well as with Tristan Murail at Columbia University. He is a founding member of the Icelandic composer’s collective s.l.a.t.u.r. and co-runs the record label carrier records with Sam Pluta and Jeff Snyder.

His music has been performed at festivals such as Transit, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Musica Nova, MaerzMusik, Ultraschall, Global Interplay, ISCM World Music Days 2006 and 2008, ICMC International Computer Music Conference 2008, Nordic Music Days 2008 and 2009, Dark Days of Music in Reykjavik, running Hoofs Festival in Ulan Bator and at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt where he received a stipend in 2008. In 2009, “il dolce far niente“ received first prize at the Music 09 competition and was subsequently performed by Eighth Blackbird. In 2010, “a guide for the dead through the underworld”, a one hour long collection of works, was staged at the Ultraschall festival in Berlin by Ensemble Adapter and “on sameness and similarities”, was premiered at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse. Recordings of his music are available on Innova, Spektral and Smekkleysa labels, as well as on Carrier Records, which released a new studio recording of “a guide for the dead through the underworld” in the fall of 2011 in collaboration with Deutschlandradio Kultur. Other recent projects include “on Sense and Subjectivity for orchestra”, commissioned as one of three finalist entries in the Christoph Delz composition competition.


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