Photo: Annette Hornischer

Composer, New York

Inga Maren Otto Fellow in Music Composition - Class of Spring 2015


Elliott Sharp is a composer, performer, and producer based in New York City. He has been active in experimental music, improvisation, jazz, and contemporary composition for over three decades. Sharp leads the ensembles Orchestra Carbon, Terraplane, and Tectonics, and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetics to musical composition and interaction. His compositions have been performed by Hilary Hahn, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Modern, Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt, the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, and Zeitkratzer, and at such festivals as Tomorrow Festival-Shenzhen, MaerzMusik Berlin, New Music Stockholm, Donaueschingen, Darmstadt, Witten, and Au Printemps. Sharp also directed, wrote, and composed About Us, a science-fiction opera for all-teenage performers commissioned by the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, which premiered in July 2010. In 2009, his music-theater work *Binibon* premiered at The Kitchen, and he was featured as a lecteur and composer at Ostrava Music Days. Sharp’s work is the subject of the documentary film Doing The Don’t (2008). Sharp was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014.