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Christopher Trapani
November 29, 2009, 5:41 pm
Filed under: Composers


Christopher Trapani

Born: 1980

Current Location: Paris



Christopher Trapani was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1980. His formative musical encounters included trumpet lessons at age nine, a pawn shop guitar purchased three years later, then piano lessons from the age of fourteen. Christopher first studied composition under Stephen Dankner at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, where he was awarded a Certificate of Artistry in 1998 as the school’s first graduate to specialize in composition.

Following a year of study with Malcolm Peyton at New England Conservatory in Boston, Christopher transfered to Harvard College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music and English and American Literature and Language, studying composition with Bernard Rands and poetry under Helen Vendler. With the support of a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship, he then traveled to London in 2002 to pursue a Masters of Music degree at the Royal College of Music with Julian Anderson. He then spent four years in Paris, where he held a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts and worked with the French composer Philippe Leroux. Christopher spent the 2007-2008 academic year in Istanbul on a Fulbright grant, then returned to Paris in September 2008 to take part in the composition and music technology cursus at IRCAM.

Christopher is the winner of the 2007 Gaudeamus Prize, the first American in over thirty years to win the international young composers’ award. He has also won the ASCAP Leo Kaplan Award (2009) as well as a BMI Student Composer Award (2006), three Morton Gould Young Composers Awards from ASCAP (2005, 2006, 2009), the Bearns Prize from Columbia University (2006) and the Wayne Peterson Prize from Earplay (2005). His works have twice been featured as jury selections in the Gaudeamus Music Week: in 2006 with Sing Into My Mouth, and in 2007 with Sparrow Episodes. His scores have been performed by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Nieuw Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Earplay, the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie, the Orchestre Nationale de Lorraine, members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, Ensemble Cairn, members of the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, The Tiroler Ensemble für Neue Musik, the Auros Group for New Music, and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston. He has received commissions from the FleetBoston Celebrity Series (for pianist Sergey Schepkin), as well as the National Endowment for the Arts (for The Providence Singers).

Music © 2009 by Christopher Trapani

Recession – Pierre Cussac, accordion
Really Coming Down – Christelle Séry, guitar

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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