Anderson Alden - Composition Faculty/Composer in Residence

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Anderson F. Alden is an award-winning composer based in Los Angeles.

Anderson was selected to be one of the first four Composer Fellows with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky. Anderson’s recent orchestral work Lift was selected to open the 2016 summer season at the Hollywood Bowl, and was performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Wilkins, on a concert featuring Steely Dan. He has had two orchestral works premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as a chamber work premiered by Christian McBride and the Sonus Quartet, in Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Anderson was recently commissioned by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts to compose an operatic setting of Frank O’Hara’s “Lana Turner Has Collapsed!,” and to write incidental music for their annual YoungArts Performance and Gala, directed by Tony-winning choreographer/director Bill T. Jones. Anderson worked with Jones again on a performance on the USC Visions and Voices concert series in 2016.

Anderson’s recent solo guitar work Ayak-ayakan was featured on the Jacaranda concert series at the Villa Aurora, performed by internationally renowned guitarist Mak Grgić.

Anderson has also been scoring films since his return to Los Angeles. As an undergraduate at Yale University, he was selected to participate in the NYU/ASCAP Buddy Baker Film-Scoring Workshop, at which he was named a “composer to watch.” Anderson was featured on ASCAP’s “Composer Spotlight.”

Anderson is the recipient of three ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. He received his BA from Yale University where he was awarded the Abraham Beekman Cox First Prize “for the most promising gifted composer in the Junior class,” and his Masters in Music from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he was awarded a teaching fellowship. Anderson’s composition teachers have included Steven Stucky, Donald Crockett, Andrew Norman, Sean Friar, Kathryn Alexander, Martin Bresnick, Robert Beaser, and A.J. McCaffrey. Anderson teaches privately and has been nominated for a NextNotes teaching award by the American Composers Forum.

As a pianist, Anderson performed world premieres of works by Gabriella Lena Frank and Chen Yi. As a percussionist, he has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Yale Gamelan Suprabanggo. Anderson also builds his own percussion instruments, and his works for found and constructed percussion have been featured on the USC Visions and Voices concert series.