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Alexandra Gardner
March 7, 2011, 12:50 am
Filed under: Composers


Alexandra Gardner

Born: October 20, 1967

Current Location: Washington, D.C.



Composer Alexandra Gardner is building new audiences for contemporary music with an expressive sound and a flair for the imaginative and unexpected. Her compositions have been featured at festivals and venues worldwide, including performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Centro de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Look and Listen Festival, Conservatory of Amsterdam, Beijing Modern Festival, The Library of Congress and The Kennedy Center. Her music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles and musicians such as Percussions de Barcelona, ACME, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, cellist Joshua Roman, saxophonist Brian Sacawa, NOW Ensemble, ETHEL, pianist Jenny Lin, Ne(x)tworks and The Seattle Chamber Players.

Among Gardner’s honors and awards are recognitions from Meet the Composer, ASCAP, The American Music Center, American Composers Forum, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, Maryland State Arts Council, Vassar College, The Netherland-America Foundation, the Open Meadows Foundation, the Prix Ton Bruynel and the Smithsonian Institution. She has been a composer-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and The MacDowell Colony. From 2002-2004 she was a Visiting Composer at the IUA/Phonos Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. In 2006 Innova Recordings released Gardner’s CD Luminoso, a series of six compositions for solo instrument with electronics, which was recommended by Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker. She was a 2008 recipient of a DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities Individual Artist Fellowship.

Alexandra attended the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (M.M.) and Vassar College (B.A.). In addition to her composing activities, Gardner is Associate Editor of and Technical Producer of, both programs of the American Music Center. She currently resides in Washington, DC.

Music © 2011 Alexandra Gardner

Photograph © 2011 Caren Litherland

“The Way of Ideas” performed by Kelli Kathman, flute; Alicia Lee, clarinet; Yuki Numata, violin; Joshua Roman, cello. Live recording from The Contemporary Museum Mobtown Modern series, Baltimore, MD, February 3, 2010.

“Bloom” studio recording – Joshua Roman, cello

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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