Andrew Watts’s (b. 1989) works, from chamber and symphonic music to film scores and electronic music, are performed throughout the US and UK. Most recently his composition Quatrains was premiered at the Ravinia Festival, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His string quartet, Three Views on Lament, has been performed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as the winner of the 2010 Boston Composers’ Collective Call for Scores. Also in 2010, his violin duo, Remembrances from a Pier, was commissioned by the New England Conservatory Prep School and performed at their Contemporary Music Festival in Jordan Hall. In the past year Mr. Watts has written works for a number of top musicians and ensembles including the Fifth House Ensemble, the Red Line String Quartet at Harvard University, Latitude 49 at the University of Michigan, and the mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie.
In the fall of 2012 Mr. Watts will begin a Master’s in Music Composition at the University of Oxford, under the tutelage of Robert Saxton and Martyn Harry. Mr. Watts received his Bachelors of Music with academic honors and a scholarship in Composition at the New England Conservatory. At NEC he studied primarily with Kati Agócs, and independently with Michael Gandolfi and Stratis Minakakis. Mr. Watts previously studied composition at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University where his teachers were Edward Niedermaier and Jonathan Sokol. In 2012 Mr. Watts attended the Fresh Inc Festival to work with David Rakowski and Stacy Garrop. In the past Mr. Watts has participated in New Music on the Point, with David Rakowski and Kathryn Alexander; and the Atlantic Music Festival, with David Ludwig, Robert Cuckson, and Andrew Thomas. In addition to a liberal arts education at Indiana University’s Hutton Honors College, Mr. Watts has also taken classes in economics and comparative literature at Brown University. He has participated in masterclasses with Peter Maxwell Davies, John Harbison, George Tsontakis, Augusta Read Thomas, Joan Tower, and Christian Wolff. As a performer, he has sang with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Benjamin Zander in Symphony Hall and played percussion with the Fifth House Ensemble in Chicago’s Rush Hour Concert Series.
As active member of the New England area’s artistic community, Mr. Watts has collaborated on several projects with Xiangjun Shi, a filmmaker at the Rhode Island School of Design. During the 2011-2012 academic year he was a resident teaching artist at Providence CityArts, developing music integration programs for the local school districts. In 2010-2011 Mr. Watts was a teaching associate for Professor Ran Blake’s Film Noir course at the New England Conservatory, and in 2009-2010 he interned with the Boston Chamber Music Society under the direction of Marcus Thompson. His projects with BCMS included curating interviews, creating multimedia presentations, as well as managing an online presence through the implementation of websites and social networking pages. Previously, Mr. Watts consulted with the Chamber Orchestra of Boston on the topic of contemporary tangos and with the Boston Lyric Opera on the region’s historic arts culture.
for tenor saxophone, drum kit, and piano
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for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano