Carter Pann (born February 21, 1972) is an American composer. Born at La Grange, IL, he studied composition and piano at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His teachers included Samuel Adler, William Albright, Warren Benson, William Bolcom, David Liptak, Joseph Schwantner, and Bright Sheng. He studied piano with Barry Snyder. Pann’s music has become known for its blend of crafty, popular-sounding idioms, subtle and unabashed humor, and haunted melodic writing. His works have been performed around the world by such ensembles and soloists as the London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Berlin-Stockholm-Finnish Radio Symphonies, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Syracuse Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Chicago Youth Symphony, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony, Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, many college orchestras and bands, Richard Stoltzman, the Ying Quartet, pianists Barry Snyder and Winston Choi, and the Antares ensemble, among others.
Pann has also received honors, awards, and recognition such as the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Masterprize, the American Composers Orchestra, five ASCAP composer awards, the K. Serocki Competition in Poland for his First Piano Concerto which was premiered by the Polish Radio Symphony at Lutoslawski Hall, Warsaw, in 1998, the Zoltan Kodaly and Francois d’Albert Concours Internationales de Composition, and a concerto commission Clarinet Concerto Rags to Richard for clarinettist Richard Stoltzman which was recorded by the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz. In 1997 the Czech State Philharmonic of Brno recorded four of his orchestral works under Jose Serebrier. The Piano Concerto was also nominated for a GRAMMY as “Best Classical Composition of the Year” 2001. Pann was the most featured composer at the 2009 Nationwide CBDNA conference in Austin, TX, and has contributed regularly to the explosion of new Wind Symphony works being written for the many ensembles around the country.
Other pieces by Pann, whose work is said to be “brimming with joie de vivre and enthusiasm,” include the following. Love Letters (string quartet no. 1) was commissioned by the Ying Quartet for their LIFE MUSIC commissioning project through a grant from the American Music Institute. His work Slalom for orchestra was performed by the London Symphony under Daniel Harding in 2001 and has since been widely performed throughout the United States and Europe and subsequently showcased on NPR’s Performance Today. Concerto Logic (Piano Concerto No. 2) was commissioned by a consortium of nearly two dozen wind symphonies around the country with the composer as soloist. His most recent work, mercury Concerto for flute and orchestra, was written for and premiered by fellow faculty member Christina Jennings and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston.
Anthems in Waves, a tribute to one of the most weathered American battleships in existence, the USS New Jersey, was commissioned by the Haddonfield Symphony through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. More recent works include Nicky’s Trio (Piano Trio No. 1) for the Amelia Trio, American Child for a consortium of 10 university wind ensembles, and Antares (piano – violin – cello – clarinet) for the Antares ensemble. Fantasy-Inventions (an extended solo piano work) was premiered in Alice Tully Hall, October 2004, by pianist Barry Snyder. Pann currently teaches composition and theory on the composition faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
My collection includes the following works by Carter Pann:
Dance Partita (1995).
Deux Sejours (1994).
Piano Concerto (1997).
Two Portraits of Barcelona (1994).
—material selected, adapted, and edited from several different sources