Andrew Waggoner was born in 1960 in New Orleans. He studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the Eastman School of Music and Cornell University. Called “the gifted practitioner of a complex but dramatic and vividly colored style” by the New Yorker, his music has been commissioned and performed by the Academy of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Saint Louis, Denver, Syracuse, and Winnipeg Symphonies; the Corigliano, Villiers, JACK and Lark Quartets; pianists Gloria Cheng and Molly Morkoski; violist Melia Watras; Sequitur; the Empyrean Ensemble; Dinosaur Annex; Flexible Music; Peggy Pearson and Winsor Music; Seattle Modern Orchestra; Tanglewood; Ekmeles; Ensemble Nordlys, of Denmark; and Ensemble Accroche Note, of France. In 2009 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Other awards include the Lee Ettelson prize from Composers Inc., a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Roger Sessions Prize for an American composer from the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy. Most recently he was a second-prize winner in the Lydian String Quartet/Brandeis University Composition Competition. His solo CD from Albany Records, Terror and Memory, was released in 2011 to broad critical acclaim. His work is also available on CRI/New World; Vienna Modern Masters; Centaur; and Fleur de Son. A CD of his concertos for guitar, piano, and violin will be released in 2019 on Bridge Records. In addition to his concert works, Waggoner has also composed extensively for theatre and for film, and is an active violinist. He was a founding Director of the Seal Bay Festival of American Music in Vinalhaven, Maine, and founder, with Caroline Stinson, of Ensemble Open End. He is currently Co-Artistic Director of the festival Weekend of Chamber Music, and teaches composition at Duke University. His music is available online through Subito Music, and at andrewwaggoner.com.