American composer Evan Fein was born in 1984 in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in New York City, where he serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School Pre-College and Evening Divisions. His music, known for its strongly lyrical and narrative qualities, has been widely performed at home and abroad — including in France, Germany, China, Iceland, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands — and has been commissioned by organizations including Musica Sacra, Opéra de Poche, The Albany Symphony, The Juilliard School, and The New York Choreographic Institute. He was awarded the Palmer Dixon Prize for Outstanding Composition, is the recipient of honors from the ASCAP Foundation, Boston Metro Opera, and the American Scandinavian Society, and was elected a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oratorio Society of New York.
Evan Fein’s first opera, The Raven’s Kiss, based on Icelandic folk stories, was premiered in concert at Juilliard in 2011. His second opera, L’Île des sept sœurs, was given its premiere in Paris in 2013 by Opéra de Poche. A third opera, City of Ashes, also commissioned by Opéra de Poche, was presented in 2015 in Paris and again in Beijing in 2016. His first major work for chorus and orchestra, Deborah, an oratorio based on the Book of Judges, was premiered by Musica Sacra at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in 2016.
Evan Fein began playing the piano and composing at the age of six. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition, he pursued auxiliary studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (FUBiS) and L’École Normale de Musique de Paris (EAMA). His primary teachers included Robert Beaser, Samuel Adler, Michel Merlet, and Margaret Brouwer.
His dissertation “The Ghosts of Versailles” by John Corigliano: An Evolutionary Study was completed in 2014. The first comprehensive study of the work commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera for its centennial, it is now available to scholars around the world. Equally at home in cinema, Evan holds an IMDb credit as primary orchestrator on the 2011 film Sedona, featuring Frances Fisher.
Video of Kansas Sky performed by Catherine Clyatt Schroth and Mary Price.