Opera Philadelphia

Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman is increasingly active as an orchestral composer. His symphonic works, often noted for their clarity and vigor, have been commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others.  In May 2013, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed his kinetic work titled "Unstuck," which refers to a moment when he overcame writers block and began composing at a furious pace. A lifelong enthusiast for all things architectural, he writes music that is often inspired by forms and textures he encounters in the visual world. His music draws on an eclectic mix of instrumental sounds and notational practices, and it has been cited in the New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors” and in the L.A. Times for its “Chaplinesque” wit.

Andrew Norman
Andrew Norman, 2nd year composer in residence

Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome, which premiered on November 13, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah, was named a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in music.  The Pulitzer Prize Board called it “an impressive musical portrait of nine historic churches, written for a string trio but sometimes giving the illusion of being played by a much larger group, changing mood and mode on a dime.”

Norman’s chamber music has been featured at numerous venues in recent seasons, including the Wordless Music Series at Le Poisson Rouge, the MATA Festival, the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series, the Juilliard School Focus Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.  Upcoming projects include performances by the New York Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as well as commissions from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, where Norman also serves as Composer in Residence.

A native Midwesterner raised in central California, Norman studied the piano and viola before attending the University of Southern California and Yale. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and his works are published by Schott Music.