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Evan Kassof is a Floridian composer based in London. He is currently in his final year of an MMus at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Tansy Davies. His music strives to create both an intellectually engaging and emotionally captivating experience. Aesthetically, his music language has evolved rapidly in recent years, and now draws comparisons to Ligeti, Xenakis, and Wagner. He also has a sincere interest in finding new ways to marry science-based approaches to composition with a more intimate and imaginative musical experience. Recently, he has begun to utilize physics-related techniques to generate formal, rhythmic, and harmonic structures. These techniques have illuminated an entirely new path for his compositions, creating a cosmically grand musical language.
With a penchant for large pieces – such as an opera and a number of orchestral works, including the recent written Cosmos 1 – only in the last year has he taken to smaller forms including the Three French Songs, On the Left Side, and two pieces for chamber choir. His most recent projects include a brass septet called Cosmos 2 for the Septura ensemble, a Trio for Horn, Violin, Piano, and electronics that was premiered by Alex Wood, Huw Watkins, and Richard Watkins, a piece for the CHROMA ensemble, a site-specific composition project at Espacio Cultural El Tanque in Tenerife. Evan is grateful for the generous support by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation as a recipient of the 2012 Graduate Arts Award.