Discipline: Music Composition

Paul Brantley

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1994, 2000, 2009, 2013, 2016

Composer, cellist, and conductor, Paul Brantley is a five-time MacDowell Fellow who has also received fellowships from Banff Centre and The Anderson Center. He has recently enjoyed performances of his music by Horszowski Trio, Flux Quartet, New Esterházy Quartet, and Memphis Symphony. Brantley is currently composing a cello concerto for Eric Jacobsen (The Knights, Silk Road Project) and the University of Michigan Symphony, Kenneth Kiesler, conductor. He has performed and recorded solo cello with Trey Anastasio (Phish), Cassatt Quartet, Jeff Coffin Mutet, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Dave Gregory (XTC), and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Brantley has arranged and conducted for David Binney, Ethel, Todd Rundgren, and Christian Scott. He co-founded the Seal Bay Festival of American Music and was artist faculty at Yellow Barn Music Festival for many years. In addition to positions at Syracuse University and Washington and Lee University, Brantley was a Manhattan School of Music faculty member from 2000 to 2014. He was invited to give a composition seminar at Yale University in 2012.



Paul Brantley worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the residency program's studios, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the we began welcoming…

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