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The music of American composer Steve Antosca integrates instruments with computers for real-time processing and pre-recorded audio processing and spatialization.
Through the realization of scores which juxtapose elements of non-determinacy with traditional notation, musicians craft a sonically rich performance environment.
Steve Antosca is Artistic Director and composer member of the highly regarded VERGE ensemble, modern music ensemble in residence at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
The Washington Post
wrote, the ensemble puts "modern classical music in front of the public with more dedication and skill than any other group in Washington" and "a power hitter on Washington's modest contemporary music scene, … a national presence.
As Artistic Director of VERGE ensemble, Antosca was awarded an NEA grant in 2007 to present a festival of contemporary American and French music in Washington.
In 2010, after years of collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Antosca was invited to form the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble and was named the Artistic Director.??Among his numerous commissions and awards are a McKim commission from the Library of Congress and a Fromm Fund commission from Harvard.
For the McKim, he
composed kairos ~ time outside of time for violin, harpsichord and computer in celebration of Elliott Carter's 100th birthday. kairos was premiered on December 11, 2008, Mr. Carter's birthday, at the Library of Congress
For the Fromm, he
is composing elements ? five transfigurations for cello and computer.
work, chamber set ~ threads for ensemble and computer was premiered at the prestigious new music festival June in Buffalo 2009.
It was supported by a Subito grant, funded by the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund and the American Composers Forum
was recently commissioned by the NO EXIT ensemble to compose EXIT for piano quartet and computer.
presented a concert at the National Gallery
of Art in March 2011 in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the West Building.
premiered in every way I remember you for saxophone and computer, and echoic landscape for conducted electronics, percussion and computer.
This pair of works is titled echo::MEMORY.
In March 2007 the National Gallery
of Art presented a concert of Antosca's
music and John Cage's in conjunction with the Gallery's exhibit Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting 1955 - 1965.
In January 2001, Antosca
produced the "Exploring the American Piano" concert for the Smithsonian's
Piano 300 Exhibition, celebrating 300 years of the piano.
work invisible landscape for piano and conducted electronics, described by the Washington Post
as "the highlight of the evening".
music has been performed throughout Europe at festivals and concerts.
work such a pure force was presented at the first edition of the International Electroacoustic Music Festival of the Conservatory of St. Cecilia
in Rome in November 2008.
compositions have been presented at all subsequent EMUfest concerts.
During the 2008-2009 season, Antosca
was part of the Cleveland Contemporary Players concert series at Cleveland State University
with VERGE ensemble.
VERGE has appeared as an ensemble in residence at June in Buffalo 2009 and In 2011 at the University of Virginia
In New York, he
has appeared at The Stone, the Issue Project Room, and le poisson rouge with VERGE ensemble.
For the 2011/2012 season, he will be a guest composer at the UMBC LIVEWIRE2 Festival, the University of Richmond Third Practice Festival, the International Electroacoustic Music Festival of the Conservatory of St. Cecilia in Rome and with NGA nme as part of the Andy Warhol Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art.
Antosca has been guest composer at the Southeastern Composer's League 1997 Festival of New Music and at Radford University's New Horizons 2002 and 2005 festivals and has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
has worked with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian
to present landmark concerts of new music by Native American composers for their Classical Native festivals in 2006 and 2007.
has lectured on music and music technology trends at universities and cultural institutions throughout the United States, and in Mexico.
As part of crossingPoint, his
series of collaborative projects in Washington, Antosca
received a Meet the Composer grant for his
lectures on composition and performance with music technology, at Peabody Conservatory
, the University of Maryland
, American University
, the Library of Congress
Whittall Pavilion, the University of California-DC
, and the National Gallery
In December 2008, he
presented a lecture on his
McKim commission at the Library of Congress
has lectured on contemporary music at the Hirshhorn Gallery
and was among a select group of artists asked to participate in the Inspiration Gallery of the Sargent
and the Sea exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery
work shadowland is represented in the MIT publication The Csound Book.
He has been a guest lecturer at the Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City and has been a regular guest lecturer at the University of Maryland as part of their College Park Scholars program, including a colloquium on his music in November 2008.
In October 2008, Antosca
presented a lecture on his
music at Cleveland State University
has been the subject of a radio interview with New Music Studio and NewMusicBox.
Antosca has a Master's degree in Computer Music Composition from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.
lives and teaches in the Washington, DC area.
He has been on the faculty of George Mason University, where he was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Composition.
has received numerous grants for teaching technology, including a three year award from the US Department of Education
for a music technology teacher education program.