- Division:Classical Performance and Composition
Andrew Norman, associate professor of composition at USC Thornton, joined the faculty in fall 2013. A native Midwesterner raised in central California, he studied the piano and viola before attending the USC Thornton School of Music, where he earned a BM in 2002 and MM in 2004, and the Yale School of Music. His teachers and mentors include Martha Ashleigh, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Stewart Gordon, Aaron Kernis, Ingram Marshall and Martin Bresnick.
A lifelong enthusiast for all things architectural, Norman writes music that is often inspired by forms and textures he encounters in the visual world. His music draws on an eclectic mix of instrumental sounds and notational practices, and it has been cited in The New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors” and in the Los Angeles Times for its “Chaplinesque” wit.
Norman is increasingly active as an orchestral composer. His symphonic works, often noted for their clarity and vigor, have been commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich and the Grand Rapids Symphony among others.
Norman’s chamber music has been featured at numerous venues in recent seasons, including the Wordless Music Series at Le Poisson Rouge, the MATA Festival, the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series, the Juilliard School Focus Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. In May of 2010, the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble presented a portrait concert of Norman’s music entitled “Melting Architecture.”
Norman is the recipient of the ASCAP Nissim Prize, Rome Prize and Berlin Prize. He has held residencies with the Young Concert Artists, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the city of Heidelberg in Germany. He currently serves as composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia. His piece, The Companion Guide to Rome, was named a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
He recently completed a symphony-length orchestra piece, Play, as well as a piano concerto for Emanuel Ax. Upcoming projects include collaborations with the Calder Quartet, eighth blackbird, Jeremy Denk, Jeffrey Kahane, Colin Currie and Jennifer Koh.