The National Philharmonic named Alistair Coleman the Young Composer-in-Residence for the orchestra’s 2017-18 season. The National Philharmonic commissioned and performed Coleman’s Of Radiance and Light in November 2016. As part of his residency, another original work will be premiered in April 2018.
In an interview with the National Philharmonic, Coleman recalled his first experience watching the orchestra perform: “I attended a concert with my classmates and over 1500 other elementary schoolers from Montgomery County. I vividly remember climbing the long staircase to our seats on the second tier, and looking down at the beautiful hall and orchestra below. Little did I know that 10 years later, members of this ensemble would premier music I composed. With the guidance and trust of the nurturing artistic leadership, administration, and Board of Directors, NP has played a vital role in curating my journey toward becoming a professional musician.”
Coleman’s music has been programmed broadly, including performances by the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra and Contemporary Ensemble, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra, Houston Brass Band, Boston University Marsh Chapel Choir, Takoma String Ensemble, Cathedral Choral Society, and National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows.
With three published works, Coleman is the youngest composer ever published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company in its nearly one-hundred-year history. He is a winner of the American Composers Forum Next Notes Competition, a 2017 National Young Arts winner, the 2016 “Audience Choice Award” winner from Symphony Number One, winner of the 2013 NAfME Young Composers Competition, and a two-time winner of the Maryland State Young Composers Competition. He has received recognition in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award.
Coleman has studied composition at the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Curtis Young Artists Summer Program, Oberlin Summer Composition Workshop, and the New York Summer Music Festival. His has studied with Richard Danielpour and David Ludwig, faculty members at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Alistair currently studies with Robert Beaser at Juilliard.