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Benjamin Sabey

Benjamin Sabey writes orchestral, chamber and live computer interactive music that has been described by Gramophone as revealing, “a brilliant technique and a keen ear for sound, timbre and arc.” As a newly appointed professor of composition, theory and electronic music at San Francisco State University, he is busy writing for and collaborating with top Bay Area ensembles and performers such as Elevate Ensemble and pianist/composer Nick Bacchetto. He brings the best contemporary musicians from around the bay and beyond to give lectures, concerts and master classes at SFSU. Upcoming guests include Lisa Bielawa, Splinter Reeds, Loadbang, Wild Rumpus and Ashley Walters, cellist of the Formalist Quartet. 

 

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Benjamin Sabey writes orchestral, chamber and live computer interactive music that has been described by Gramophone as revealing, “a brilliant technique and a keen ear for sound, timbre and arc.”

As a newly appointed professor of composition, theory and electronic music at San Francisco State University, he is busy writing for and collaborating with top Bay Area ensembles and performers such as Elevate Ensemble and pianist/composer Nick Bacchetto. He brings the best contemporary musicians from around the bay and beyond to give lectures, concerts and master classes at SFSU. Upcoming guests include Lisa Bielawa, Splinter Reeds, Loadbang, Wild Rumpus and Ashley Walters, cellist of the Formalist Quartet.

His music has been performed by many of the leading ensembles in new music, including the Arditti String Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, the La Jolla Symphony directed by Steven Schick, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and the New York New Music Ensemble.

A solo disc of Sabey's music was released by Albany Records in 2015 to critical acclaim. Recent awards include a Barlow Endowment Commission to write a new 15 minute work for the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and the Royaumont Prize of Domaine Forget, which consisted of an expenses paid residency at the Royaumont Abbey north of Paris.

Benjamin Sabey holds a PhD from the University of California, San Diego where he studied primarily with Roger Reynolds. He has also studied composition with Brian Ferneyhough (at Royaumont) Chaya Czernowin, Philippe Manoury and Michael Hicks, as well as computer music with Miller Puckette and psycho-acoustics with Richard Moore.


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