The music of New York–based composer Nina C. Young is characterized by an acute sensitivity to tone color, manifested in aural images of vibrant, arresting immediacy. Her experience in the electronic music studio informs her acoustic work, which takes as its given not melody and harmony, but sound itself, continuously metamorphosing from one state to another. Her musical voice draws from elements of the classical canon, modernism, spectralism, American experimentalism, minimalism, electronic music, and popular idioms. Her projects strive to create unique sonic environments that can be appreciated by a wide variety of audiences while challenging stylistic boundaries, auditory perception, and notions of temporality.
Ms. Young’s works have been presented by Carnegie Hall, National Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Next on Grand, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. Her music has garnered international acclaim through performances by the American Composers, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Phoenix Symphony orchestras and Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Either / Or, JACK Quartet, mise-en, wild Up, and Yarn / Wire. Winner of the 2015–16 Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome, Ms. Young has also received a Koussevitzky Commission, Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Salvatore Martirano Memorial Award, Aspen Music Festival’s Jacob Druckman Prize, and honors from BMI, IAWM, and ASCAP / SEAMUS. Recent commissions include a violin concerto for Jennifer Koh from The Philadelphia Orchestra and a new work for the American Brass Quintet and EMPAC’s wavefield synthesis audio system.
A graduate of McGill University and MIT, Nina C. Young completed her DMA at Columbia University. She is assistant professor of composition at USC’s Thornton School of Music and a visiting composer at the Peabody Institute. She is co-artistic director of New York’s Ensemble Échappé.