Edmund Campion

  • Professor, Composition

  • Phone: 643-9990
  • Office Location: 226 Morrison
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Edmund J. Campion was born in Dallas, Texas in 1957. He received his Doctorate degree in composition at Columbia University and attended the Paris Conservatory where he worked with composer Gérard Grisey. In 1993, he created the piece Losing Touch (Billaudot Editions, Paris) at IRCAM ( L’Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) he was subsequently commissioned by IRCAM to produce a large scale work for interactive electronics and midi-grand piano (Natural Selection) (ICMC 2002). Other projects include a Radio France Commission l’Autre, the full-scale ballet Playback (commissioned by IRCAM and the Socitété des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques ) and ME , for Baritone and live electronics, commissioned by the MANCA festival in association with CIRM (Centre National de Création Musicale). Campion is currently Professor of Music at the University of Berkeley in California where he also serves as Co-Director at CNMAT (The Center for New Music and AudioTechnologies). Other prizes and honors include: the Rome Prize, the Nadia Boulanger Award, the Paul Fromm Award at Tanglewood, a Charles Ives Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Fulbright scholarship for study in France. Recent projects include a Fromm Foundation commission for Outside Music, written for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and a French Ministry of Culture Commande d’etat for Ondoyants et Divers (Billaudot Editions, Paris), written for the Percussion de Strasbourg Ensemble. Ondoyants et Divers was premiered on WDR German Radio in the Fall of 2005. A newly commissioned work, Practice, for the American Composers Orchestra was premiered in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in March of 2006. Practice, was also preformed by the Berkeley Symphony under the baton of Maestro Kent Nagano in the summer of 2006. Recent commissions include a new work with dance in collaboration with the Drumming Ensemble of Portugal and a new work for the violin and piano duo of David Abel and Julie Steinberg. In 2009, Campion received a commission from the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation for a new work in collaboration with the San Francisco Contempoary Music players.  He is currently working on a piano concerto for the Argento Chamber Music Ensembe, set for premiere in New York City in the summer of 2010.


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