Celebrated for his “roiling, insistent orchestral figuration” (New York Times) and “glittery, percussive pieces” (Toronto Globe and Mail), composer Robert Honstein (b. 1980) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music.
Robert’s music has been performed by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble ACJW, the Mivos Quartet, the Del Sol Quartet, the Deviant Septet, New Morse Code, Quince, TIGUE, the Color Field Ensemble, Concert Black, the Heavy Hands Quartet, the Sebastians, the Young New Yorkers Chorus, the Fireworks Ensemble, the Mana Quartet, the Bel Cuore Saxophone Quartet, the Yale Philharmonia, the UT Austin New Music Ensemble, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, the Bard College Orchestra, the Hunter Symphony, the Mannes Prep Orchestra, and the Mount Holyoke Symphony,
Robert has received awards, grants and recognition from Carnegie Hall, Copland House, the New York Youth Symphony, ASCAP, SCI, the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Young New Yorkers Chorus, the Lake George Music Festival, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, and New Music USA. His work has been featured at numerous festivals including the The Tanglewood Music Center, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the Bowling Green New Music Festival, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Tutti New Music Festival. He has also received residencies at Copland House, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and I-Park.
Robert co-founded Fast Forward Austin, an annual marathon new music festival in Austin, TX. Described as “the first ever classical music event in Austin to make its own beer koozies” (Austin American Statesmen), Fast Forward Austin features local and national, cutting-edge artists in a “welcomingly relaxed venue… [that] tapped into what is so great about the Austin vibe: a community of people who are artistically curious, non- doctrinaire, and unpretentious” (NewMusicBox).
Robert is also a founding member of the New York based composer collective Sleeping Giant, a group of “five talented guys” (The New Yorker) that are “rapidly gaining notice for their daring innovations, stylistic range and acute attention to instrumental nuance” (WQXR). Recent seasons have seen collaborations with Ensemble ACJW and the Deviant Septet. In coming seasons Sleeping Giant will be composers in residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra as part of New Music USA’s Music Alive program.
Upcoming projects include commissions from Eighth Blackbird, cellist Ashley Bathgate, and a consortium of nine pianists for a solo piano work.
Del Sol String Quartet Premiere Performances and Recordings:
Robert Honstein (b. 1980): Artic (2013) Bagatelles for string quartet and electronica (2011)
SOUTHERN PREMIERE: Montgomery, AL
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