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Evan Johnson (b. 1980) is an American composer whose music focuses on the physical underpinnings of instrumental performance, extreme notational situations, and the structural potential of conflicting repetitive and canonic structures. His music has been performed throughout North America, Europe and beyond by many prominent ensembles and soloists, and programmed at American and international festivals of contemporary music at Darmstadt, Witten, Huddersfield, Leuven (TRANSIT), Berlin (Klangwerkstatt), Bludenz, Los Angeles (the Monday Evening Concerts series), Buffalo, San Diego, and others. Recordings are available or forthcoming on the HCR, Metier, Mode, and New Focus labels.

The recipient of a Fellowship Prize at the 2012 Darmstadt Summer Courses and a 2011 Meet the Composer commission, Johnson has received commissions and awards from BMI/Concert Artists Guild, ASCAP, Columbia University (Bearns Prize), the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, the Society for New Music, and Yale University, among others. He has held residencies at Copland House and the Millay Colony.

He received his Ph.D. in composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studied with David Felder as a Presidential Fellow, and his B.A. from Yale.

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Evan Johnson (b. 1980) is an American composer whose works are being commissioned and programmed with increasing frequency by prominent soloists and ensembles throughout the USA, Europe, and beyond, including at several prominent European festivals.  The recipient of numerous prizes, awards and fellowships, Johnson received his doctorate at SUNY Buffalo under David Felder after undergraduate work at Yale University.  His music emphasizes issues of temporal form, proportion and repetition, while also creating performative situations in which the physical, human aspects of musical performance are subtly paramount.

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