Jeremy Wagner is a composer/performer/audio designer currently living and working in the Bay Area. His compositions have been performed across the United States and Europe by many of the world’s most gifted soloists & ensembles and his film sound design has featured at leading festivals worldwide. Currently residing in Berkeley, CA Wagner continues to probe the elaborate complexities of the physical world, specializing in the creation of finely-crafted physio-aural constructions emanating from a tradition of imaginative inquiry, thoughtful experimentation and sensitivity to the unique talents of virtuosi performers.
Recent highlights include the 2012 premiere of Pléonasme for Arditti String Quartet at the Acanthes-Manifeste, IRCAM, Paris and the presentation of the adaptation-electronic film score for Hisham Bizri’s Sirrocco at the 2012 Cannes & 2013 Sundance film festivals, among others. As saxophonist and electronic performer recent concert appearances include Music & Games at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music & Acoustics (CCRMA) in 2013 and the 2013/14 season of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) performing electronics under conductor Steven Schick for performances of works by James Dillon, Kaija Saariaho, Edgard Varese and Luigi Nono as well as premieres of new works by Luciano Chessa & Ashley Fure. Current projects include a new film collaboration with Hisham Bizri, Passione, set for release in 2015; a newly comissioned work ...und so weiter... for Ensemble Etcetera. premiering October 2014; and Zusammenfluss--a commission for saxophonist Jeffery Kyle Hutchins premiering in March 2015.
Jeremy holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Composition and Saxophone performance from Wichita State University where his teachers included Jean Lansing, Walter Mays, Dean Roush and Katherine Murdock. Jeremy earned both a Masters (2008) and a PhD (2012) in Music Composition from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities under the tutelage of composers Adam Greene, Douglas Geers and doctoral dissertation adviser James Dillon. He is a founding member of Minnesota’s Contemporary Music Workshop (CMW), which tirelessly champions new work; he is recipient of the 2011 McKnight Composer Fellowship, winner of the 2013 Ensemble &c. composition competition and the recipient of a 2014 project grant from New Music USA.
Recent Awards and Recognition
ASCAP Plus Award, 2015.
New Music USA Commission: On the Mutability of Time, 2014.
Winner Ensemble &c. composition competition, 2013.
Commission of Acanthes/Manifest @ IRCAM, Arditti Workshop, 2012.
McKnight Composer Fellowship, 2011.
Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, Honorable Mention, 2008.
Konrad Wolff - Ilse Bing Chamber Music Prize, 2003.
Ensemble and Professional Affiliations
Research Assistant/Performer, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players • San Francisco, CA.
Founding member, Composer/Performer, Contemporary Music Workshop (CMW) • Minneapolis, MN.
Founding member, Performer, Mid-Kansas Saxophone Quartet • Wichita, KS
Founding member, Zeitgeist Consort • Wichita, KS
Saxophonist, Almond Davis • Minneapolis, MN
Saxophonist, Ophil • Wichita, KS