Graduate Composition student Brandon Rolle has been awarded an Albert and Elaine Borchard European Studies Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The fellowship will enable Mr. Rolle to attend the highSCORE Festival in Pavia, where he will participate in two intensive weeks of masterclasses, lectures, workshops, and concerts under the guidance of renowned faculty and visiting artists. While there, Mr. Rolle will further develop materials for his dissertation and doctoral recital, including a new work for string quartet and electronics which will be premiered by Quartetto Indaco during the festival.
Mr. Rolle was also accepted into two other prestigious summer music programs: The Conductor’s Institute of South Carolina and the Atlantic Music Festival. At the Conductor’s Institute, he will hone his skills as an Associate Conductor under the guidance of Dr. Donald Portnoy, Victoria Bond, Peter Jaffe, and a roster of prominent guest conductors. As a composer at the Atlantic Music Festival, Mr. Rolle will participate in individual lessons, daily seminars, and master classes, have a reading of his new orchestral work, and work directly with the AMF Contemporary Ensemble on the premiere of his new chamber piece, "Seagram Mural, no.x"
About Brandon Rolle
Born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, composer Brandon J. Rolle’s music embodies a spirit of innovation: Fueled by curiosity but informed by classical and experimental musical traditions, his works employ a singular language that investigates points of connection between old and new, structure and chaos, perception and deception. His diverse output has been performed across the United States and Europe and includes orchestral, electro-acoustic and acousmatic music, as well as original interactive computer instruments, intermedia works and installations. Outside of his compositional work, Rolle is an active conductor, orchestrator and copyist/ editor, and audio programmer.
Rolle started his musical career as a jazz guitarist, a background that influenced his experimental and collaborative approach to music-making. His interdisciplinary research interests led him to pursue dual degrees in music and rhetoric (B.A., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) and then onto graduate study in composition at the experimental music program at Mills College. While at Mills, Rolle’s artistic voice was deeply influenced by his work with maverick composers Roscoe Mitchell and Pauline Oliveros, as well as by his exploration of computer programming, audio synthesis, and the American Experimental tradition. Today, Rolle is based out of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is a PhD candidate in music composition and a student of Clarence Barlow and Joel Feigin.
Rolle's musical scores are published by Precious Noise Music
June 9, 2017 - 11:25am