Suzanne Farrin

Composer Suzanne Farrin’s “appealingly tart” (New York Times) sound has been brought to life by some of the great musicians of today, such the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Anthony Roth Costanzo, the Arditti Quartet, the American Composers Orchestra under George Manahan, the Locrian Chamber Players, Derek Bermel, Dan Lippel, David Schotzko, So Percussion, Vanessa Perez, Tanya Bannister, Mark Stewart, Antoine Tamestit and Steve Mackey.

Her works have been heard at venues and festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Music Mountain, Look & Listen, the Philadelphia Fringe, Alpenklassik, Music in Würzburg, Theaterforum (Germany), Town Hall Seattle, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Symphony Space, the Walker Art Center, and in South America at the Festival Nuevo Mundo (Venezuela), and Festival Música y Arte Sonoro (Argentina). She has been supported by organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, Meet The Composer, the Wachovia Foundation and Concert Artists Guild. She will compose an operatic monodrama for counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and ICE as part of the ICElab program in 2014.

Tim Page, the former classical music critic of the Washington Post wrote: “If you can imagine the dense, perfumed chords of Messiaen’s piano music combined with the clangorous, insistent, near-pictorial tone-clusters of Frederic Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, you will have some idea of what Farrin’s work sounds like. Yet it transcends its derivations to leave the distinct impression of its own.”

Suzanne Farrin is associate professor of Composition at the State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase. She holds a doctorate in composition from Yale University. "Corpo di Terra," released on New Focus Recordings, is devoted entirely to her music, which may also be heard on the VAI, Signum Classics and Albany Records labels.

Suzanne Farrin appears in the following:

Off The Grid: Open Call for New Music

Monday, August 17, 2015

Explore the peripheral world of the musically emergent with host Suzanne Farrin: Off the Grid returns for its third season today at 3 pm.

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Summer 24-Hour Marathon: What's Your Roadtrip Playlist?

Monday, July 07, 2014

The windows are down, the cruise control is on, and the back seat is packed with snacks. Join us all day Friday and Sunday for 24 hours of your new-music roadtrippin' favorites, hoste...

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Off the Grid with Suzanne Farrin Returns

Sunday, June 01, 2014

On Thursday, June 5 at 8 am/pm, join host Suzanne Farrin for the second season of Off the Grid – a special series that showcases new music by aspiring composers, young and old.

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New Marriages of the Organic and Synthetic

Monday, July 15, 2013

This week's episode of The New Canon features selections from So Percussion's recording of Dan Trueman's "neither Anvil nor Pulley," Florent Boffard's exploration of the music of Arno...


Talea Ensemble's 'Magellan Modern' at Roulette

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Powerhouse Talea Ensemble closes the 2013 MATA Festival with another evening of new works by an impressive roster of young, experimental composers from Serbia, Italy and Mexico City.


Listen: Four World Premieres by Juilliard Composers

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

On Tuesday, April 16 at 8 pm, Q2 Music presents an exclusive stream of the Juilliard School's annual composers' competition concert, featuring four world premieres from current student composers.

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Premiering Off The Grid

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Join host Suzanne Farrin for the final installment of Off the Grid – a special 4-part series devoted to recordings received directly from you, the listener. Listen today at 3 pm.


A Multifaceted Elliott Carter Marathon

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Composer Elliott Carter died Nov. 5 at age 103. In celebration of his legacy, Q2 Music devotes a full day of programming Tuesday to his life and music.

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