Jon Magnussen’s music for the concert hall, drama, and dance has been commissioned by organizations including American Ballet Theatre, The Juilliard School, Limón Dance Company, New Juilliard Ensemble, Ebb and Flow Arts, The Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, D.C.), Symphony San Jose Silicon Valley and James Goldworthy’s New Works for Young Pianists Commissioning Project, and his music has been supported by organizations including the Argosy Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for New Music Recording Program, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Library of Congress, Meet the Composer, and National Endowment for the Arts.
As conductor, Magnussen has led performances of his own work at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Arts Festival, Los Angeles’ Royce Hall, and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and his music has been performed by organizations including the American Composers Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Riverside Chorus and Orchestra, New York New Music Ensemble, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Fuma Sacra, New York Percussion Quartet, Ebb and Flow Arts Ensemble, New York Virtuoso Singers, Westminster Conservatory Children’s Choir, and Weber State Concert Choir.
Magnussen holds doctoral and masters degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied composition with Robert Beaser and participated in seminars with John Corigliano, Ellen Taafe Zwilich and William Bolcom. He also holds degrees from Conservatoire Nationale Supérieure de Musique de Paris where he studied with Jean-Paul Holstein; and Cornell University, where he studied with Steven Stucky and Karel Husa. Magnussen was Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton from 2000 to 2007 where he led a new music series (Recent Pasts 20/21) and presented talks, associated with the series, on new music. Magnussen currently resides in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
(26 September 2008)