Ashley Fure, born in 1982, is an American composer and sound artist. Called “raw, elemental”, and “richly satisfying” by The New York Times, her work explores the kinetic source of sound, bringing focus to the muscular act of music making and the chaotic behaviours of raw acoustic matter. She holds a PhD in Music Composition from Harvard University and joined the Dartmouth College Music Department as Assistant Professor in 2015.
Her compositional works was increasingly appreciated during the last years: Fure a won a 2018 Lincoln Center Emerging Artists Award; 2017 she won the Rome Prize in Music Composition and a Guggenheim Fellowship; then in 2016 she was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music and got a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant for Artists; 2015 the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung founded her work “A Force of Things”; 2014 she received the Kranichsteiner Composition Prize from Darmstadt, the Busoni Prize from the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship from Columbia University as well; this was followed 2013 by a Fulbright Fellowship to France and the Impuls International Composition Prize; 2012 she received the Darmstadt Stipendienpreis and a Staubach Honorarium; 2011 she won the Ježek Prize and a 10-month residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude.
Her work has been commissioned by major ensembles throughout Europe and the United States including The New York Philharmonic, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, the Diotima Quartet, Inernational Contemporary Ensemble, Talea, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and Dal Niente.
Notable recent projects include “Filament” for Trio, Orchestra, and Moving Voices, “The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects”, an immersive intermedia opera and “Bound to the Bow” for Orchestra and Electronics, a commission by the 2016 New York Phil Biennial.
In 2018/19, Ashley Fure is a fellow of the Berliner Künstlerprogramms des DAAD.
As of February 2019