Photo: Annette Hornischer

Composer, New York

Berlin Prize Fellow in Music Composition - Class of Spring 2012


Composer Annie Gosfield works on the boundaries between notated and improvised music, electronic and acoustic sounds, writing music for others and playing in her own group. Dedicated to working closely with performers, she has created new works in close collaboration with musicians including ex-Kronos cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, pianist Lisa Moore, cellist Felix Fan, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the Athelas Sinfonietta. Gosfield’s music is often inspired by the inherent beauty of non-musical sounds, such as machines, destroyed pianos, warped 78rpm records, and detuned radios. Large-scale compositions include EWA7, a site-specific piece created during a residency in the industrial environments of Nuremberg, Germany; Floating Messages and Fading Frequencies, a work premiering at the Huddersfield Festival that couples her electric trio with the Athelas Sinfonietta; and Daughters of the Industrial Revolution, a concert-length piece commissioned by The Kitchen (NYC) inspired by her grandparents’ immigrant experiences in New York City during the industrial revolution. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times series “The Score,” and her recent fellowships include the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, McKnight Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Siemens Foundation. Gosfield was the Milhaud Professor of composition at Mills College in 2003 and 2005, a visiting lecturer at Princeton University in 2007, and a visiting artist at Cal Arts in 1999.