Ábel Esbenshade

Composer, 2015

Ábel Misha Gille Esbenshade is a composer of contemporary music who utilizes both experimental and traditional styles, often combing them. He has enjoyed seven performances in the last six months–five of them premieres–and will be premiering his piece Antimatter for cello and orchestra in October of 2015 at Indiana University. Ábel believes in composing music with a sense of drama and while delving into new genres and realms he always immerses the listener in a narrative and creates an exhilarating and powerful experience.

Ábel first began studying composition at age 17 with Dr. Halim Beere. In May and June of 2013 he saw his first two major premieres and in the Fall he began a study abroad in Vienna, Austria, where he immersed himself in both the classical and contemporary music scenes. In June of 2014 Ábel organized a concert premiere of his piece Shakespeare Songs: “When in Disgrace” and his String Quartet under the sponsorship of the Razumovsky Society for Art and Culture. Ábel is currently studying composition at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington under the instruction of Professor Aaron Travers.

For more information about Ábel, check out his website.

Ábel Esbenshade – Before Death
for clarinet, oboe, bassoon