Composer, Musician and Artistic Director, Soundfield, New Jersey
Berlin Prize Fellow in Music Composition - Class of Spring 2013
Gene A. Coleman is a composer, musician, and director. He has created over fifty works for various instrumentation and media. Since 2001, his work has focused on global culture and music’s relationship with architecture, video, and dance. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with experimental filmmakers Stan Brakhage and Ernie Gehr, and Robert Snyder for music. Coleman has received numerous grants and awards, and was composer-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome (Fall 2011), Shofuso House Philadelphia (2009), Westwerk in Hamburg (2007), Taipei Artists Village (2007), Irtijal Festival in Beirut (2005), Takefu Music Festival (2002), and in Tokyo on a 2001 Japan-US Fellowship. Over the years he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians and composers, among them Jim O’Rourke, Otomo Yoshihide, Helmut Lachenmann, and George Crumb. Many groups have commissioned his music and film work and presented it around the world, including Klangforum Wien, The Japan Society, The Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Chamber Music Now, Network for New Music, Ensemble On-Line, Phace Contemporary, I-House Philadelphia, E-Mex Ensemble, Tom Buckner, MoMA, The Crossing, and others.