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Lansing D. McLoskey (b.1964) came to the world of composition via a somewhat unorthodox route. The proverbial "Three B's" for him were not Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but rather The Beatles, Bauhaus and Black Flag. His first experiences at writing music were not exercises in counterpoint, but as the guitarist and songwriter for punk rock bands in San Francisco in the early 1980's. It was actually through these years in the visceral world of punk that he first developed a love for classical music (but that's another story). 

Described as "a major talent and a deep thinker with a great ear" by the American Composers Orchestra, "an engaging, gifted composer writing smart, compelling and fascinating music…with a bluesy edge and infectious punch" by Gramophone Magazine, and "a unique musical voice which is clear and distinctive" by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Lansing McLoskey has had his music performed to critical acclaim across the U.S. and in seventeen other countries on six continents. His music has an emotional intensity that appeals to academic and amateur alike, defying traditional stylistic pigeonholes. 

He has won more than two dozen national and international awards, including the prestigious Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, awarded to a “composer of exceptional gifts,” the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition, and the International Joint Wind Quintet Project Commission Competition. Most recently he won the 2016 American Prize in Composition, the 2016 Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, and First Prize in the 2014 Red Note Festival Composition Competition. In 2009 he became the only composer in the 52 year history of the ISU Contemporary Music Festival to win both the orchestral and chamber music competitions, both blind-juried national competitions with two independent juries.  Among his other awards are Grand Prize in the Chatham Baroque Composition Competition, the Omaha Symphony International New Music Competition, the Kenneth Davenport National Competition for Orchestral Works, Charles Ives Center Orchestral Composition Competition, Paris New Music Review International Composition Competition, Lee Ettelson Composers Award, an Aaron Copland Recording Grant, the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Honorable Mention in the 2015 Lydian String Quartet Composition Prize, an Astral Career Grant from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and two residencies at the MacDowell Colony.

McLoskey has been the Composer-in-Residence at several festivals, including the soundSCAPE Festival (Italy), the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Missouri Chamber Music Festival, the Charlotte New Music Festival, the Carolina Chamber Music Festival, the Webster University Young Composers Workshop, and will be the Composer-in-Residence at the 2017 Alba Music Festival in Italy.

Among his many commissions are those from Meet The Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Barlow Endowment, The Fromm Foundation, ASCAP, MATA, King's Chapel (Boston), and many others. Recent commissions include works for Ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion, ensemberlino vocale (Berlin), TAWA Sax (Lima, Peru), The Silver Duo, oboist ToniMarie Marchioni, renowned violinist Miranda Cuckson, and a concert-length oratorio for The Crossing Choir in Philadelphia. Recent performances include concerts in France, Berlin, Finland, Italy, Spain, Mexico,
Colombia, the UK, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Miami, among many others. He has lectured and given Masterclasses at over 30 schools and festivals, including Aspen, the Tanglewood Institute, Universität der Künste Berlin, and two dozen universities and conservatories across the United States.

McLoskey completed a Ph.D. at Harvard University, and holds degrees with honors from UC Santa Barbara and the USC Thornton School of Music, with additional studies at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and the Advanced Masterclass at the Aspen Music School.  His principal teachers were Mario Davidovsky, Stephen Hartke, Bernard Rands, and Donald Crockett.  His book Twentieth Century Danish Music remains the only comprehensive research guide on the topic, and he was awarded the Haug Prize for Scandinavian Studies in recognition of his contributions to the field.  

McLoskey is a Professor of Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. His music is released on Albany, Wergo Schallplatten, Capstone, Tantara, and Beauport Classics, and published by Theodore Presser Company, American Composers Alliance Press, Mostly Marimba, Subito Music, and Odhecaton Z Music. 
www.lansingmcloskey.com


    SHORT BIO for concert programs (290 words)

Lansing D. McLoskey has been described as "a major talent and a deep thinker with a great ear" by the American Composers Orchestra, "an engaging, gifted composer writing smart, compelling and fascinating music" by Gramophone Magazine, and "a distinctive voice in American music.”  His music has an emotional intensity that appeals to academic and amateur alike, defying traditional stylistic pigeonholes. 
McLoskey’s music has been performed in eighteen countries on six continents, and has won more than two dozen national and international awards, including the prestigious Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the International Joint Wind Quintet Project Commission Competition, and most recently the 2016 American Prize for Composition, the 2016 Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, and the 2014 Red Note Festival Composition Competition. In 2009 he became the only composer in the 52 year history of the ISU New Music Festival to win both the chamber music and orchestral composition awards; both blind-juried national competitions with two independent panels. Recent performances include concerts in Berlin, Finland, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, the UK, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Miami and performances at over a dozen music festivals in the past two years alone. Recent commissions include those from Ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion, ensemberlino vocale (Berlin), TAWA Sax (Lima, Peru), The Silver Duo, oboist ToniMarie Marchioni, renowned violinist Miranda Cuckson, and a concert-length oratorio for The Crossing Choir in Philadelphia. He has been a Guest Composer or Composer-in-Residence at Aspen, the Tanglewood Institute, the soundSCAPE Festival, Missouri Chamber Music Festival, Carolina Chamber Music Festival, Charlotte New Music Festival, and will be the Composer-in-Residence at the 2017 Alba Music Festival in Italy.
Professor of Composition at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, his music is released on Albany Records, Wergo Schallplatten, Capstone, Tantara, and Beauport Classics.  www.lansingmcloskey.com


"BLURB" BIO (128 words)

Described as "a major talent and a deep thinker with a great ear" and "a distinctive voice in American music,” composer Lansing McLoskey has had his music performed in eighteen countries on six continents. He has won more than two dozen national and international awards, including the 2016 American Prize, the 2016 Robert Avalon International Composition Award, and the prestigious Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Recent performances include concerts in Berlin, Finland, Italy, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, the UK, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Miami, and performances at over a dozen music festivals in the past two seasons. Professor of Composition at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, McLoskey’s music is released on Albany, Wergo Schallplatten, Capstone, Tantara, and Beauport Classics and published by Theodore Presser Company, American Composers Press, Subito Music, and Odhecaton Z Music.  www.lansingmcloskey.com


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