Adam Schoenberg - Composition Faculty

Photo Credit: Elisa Ferrari

Photo Credit: Elisa Ferrari

Recently named one of the Top 10 most performed living classical composers by orchestras in the United States, ADAM SCHOENBERG’S (b. November 15, 1980, Northampton, MA) music is “invigorating” (Los Angeles Times), and full of “mystery and sensuality” (The New York Times). This most recent season included performances and premieres at the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Hollywood Bowl.

Schoenberg has received commissions from several major American orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Up! and La Luna Azul), the Kansas City Symphony (American Symphony and Picture Studies), and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Aspen Music Festival and School (Bounce). Other recent commissions include works for Carlos Miguel Prieto and Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble and Texas Performing Arts, Anne Akiko Meyers for a violin concerto, and the first-ever concerto for PROJECT Trio.

Recent and upcoming collaborations include the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic, Iris Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Future album releases include a recording of Schoenberg’s orchestral works by the Kansas City Symphony for Reference Recordings, and a recording of his chamber music featuring the Blakemore Trio. An arrangement of When You Wish Upon a Star for Anne Akiko Meyers and the London Symphony Orchestra was released in 2015 on eOne Music, and a recording of his keyboard works by pianist Nadia Shpachenko was released in 2014 on Reference Recordings.

An accomplished and versatile film composer, Schoenberg has scored two feature-length films and several shorts. Highlights include, Graceland, co-written with his father, Steven Schoenberg, which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and received its nationwide theatrical release in the spring of 2013.

A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Schoenberg earned his Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert Beaser and John Corigliano. He is currently a professor at Occidental College, where he runs the composition and film scoring programs. He makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife, screenwriter Janine Salinas Schoenberg, and their two sons, Luca and Leo.

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