Selim Göncü is composer-in-residence of New York-based new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé and is contributing director of sfSound. He graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with the highest distinction and currently continues his doctoral studies in composition at University of California, Berkeley. His primary teachers are Franck Bedrossian, Ken Ueno, Edmund Campion, and Clemens Gadenstätter. He has also worked with distinguished composers like Philippe Leroux, Georg Friedrich Haas, Francesco Filidei, Philippe Hurel, Franck Bedrossian, Dieter Ammann, Beat Furrer, Klaus Huber, Isabel Mundry, and Aaron Cassidy. In 2016, he participated in IRCAM ManiFeste Festival, where his dimINNUENDO was premiered by Ensemble Intercontemporain. His recent work for keyboard and large ensemble with mixed-media, post-pandemonium was premiered by Alarm Will Sound at the Missouri International Composers Festival in 2017. He was honored with the Nicola de Lorenzo Prize in Composition three times and was awarded the California Prize by Chamber Music of California in 2018. In 2019, he was one of the awardees of the 2019 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award. At MacDowell he worked on his composition for synthesizer and large ensemble, written for Ensemble Echappé. The work will be premiered in New York during the ensemble's 2020-21 season.
Selim Göncü worked in the Kirby studio.
Erected in memory of Sarah L. Kirby, who had left a bequest to MacDowell, this studio was the first — and remains the only — brick building on the grounds. Built by local mason Augustus Beaulieu, the load-bearing masonry walls rest on a fieldstone foundation. The design of the boxlike building is simple and compact…