Praised as “highly lyrical and provocative of thought” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “mesmerizing” (The New York Times), and “pungently attractive” (The Washington Post), the music of composer Alexandra Gardner draws inspiration from sources such as mythology and contemporary art forms, and her training as a percussionist. She composes for varied instrumentations and often mixes acoustic instruments with electronics.
Gardner’s compositions have been featured at festivals and venues throughout the world, including performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Warsaw Autumn Festival, MATA, Beijing Modern Festival, Centro de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Look & Listen, Conservatory of Amsterdam, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, and The Kennedy Center. Her music has been commissioned and performed by acclaimed ensembles and musicians such as SOLI Chamber Ensemble, cellist Joshua Roman, Percussions de Barcelona, NOW Ensemble, violist Nadia Sirota, the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony.
Among Gardner’s honors and awards are recognitions from Meet The Composer, ASCAP, American Music Center, American Composers Forum, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Maryland State Arts Council, The Netherland-America Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. She has been a composer-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Harvestworks, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and The MacDowell Colony. She was awarded the 2002-03 Vassar College W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts, and from 2002-2004 she was a visiting composer at the IUA/Phonos Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. Her music is recorded on the Innova, Ars Harmonica, and Naxos labels.
Gardner holds degrees from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (M.M.) and Vassar College (B.A.).