Edmund Campion is a Professor of Music Composition and Director at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley.
As a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, Mr. Campion composed for the Korean Traditional Contemporary Orchestra, an ensemble that features musicians performing on ancient instruments from Korea. The new work was premiered at the 2017 Pacific Rim Festival in Santa Cruz, Cal Performances in Berkeley, and at the National Gugak Center in Seoul. In September of 2019, the National Gugal Cengter reprised the work and broadcast on the Korean Radio.
Campion is the recipient of numerous accolades including, the American Rome Prize, the Lili Boulanger Prize, The Paul Fromm Award at Tanglewood, and the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship given by the American Academy in Rome. Commissions include the 2011 Commande d’etat for Wavelike and Diverse, written for Les Percussion des Strasbourg and released on the ensembles 50th anniversary Universal CD collection; Auditory Fiction (2011), commissioned by Société Générale for Radio France; Small Wonder (The Butterfly Effect) (2012), commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players; Auditory Fiction II (2014), written for the ECO Ensemble for the Venice Music Biennale.
In 2012, while Composer in Residence with the Santa Rosa Symphony, Campion was commissioned for theThe Last Internal Combustion Engine, written for full orchestra, Kronos Quartet and electronics. The piece was premiered as part of the opening season of the new Green Music Center and featured the use of the CNMAT Spherical Loudspeaker Array created by Adrian Freed, David Wessel, Andrew Schmeder, Rimas Avizienis, and others. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle called the piece “a vivid and richly imagined concerto.”
In 2015, the famed Ensemble Intercontemporain co-commissioned Campion and audiovisual artist Kurt Hentschläger for the 25-minute, Cluster X. The multi-media work was premiered at the Philharmonie de Paris in October of 2015 and toured the United States. A recent commission from pianist Marilyn Nonken was inspired by Gèrard Grisey’s Vortex Temporum. (http://edmundcampion.com/). Campion is currently composing a new work for percussion and electronics for Jean Geoffroy who will premiere the piece at the Musiques Biennale en Scène in 2019 (http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/).