My passion is collaborating with innovative and risk-taking musicians, film-makers, visual artists and, in particular, choreographers. Creating new works through a fluid artistic dialogue has consistently fuelled my music from new perspectives and has maintained a fresh and exciting creative environment. Inspired by visual images and physical movement, my intention is to create music that complements and interacts with other art-forms, and that impacts performers & audiences alike.

photo by Javier Oddo

photo by Javier Oddo

Anna Clyne is an artist who writes from the heart, who defies categorization, and who reaches across all barriers and boundaries. Her compositions are meant to be played by skilled musicians and can reach different audiences, no matter what their background.
— Riccardo Muti


London-born Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures that weave, morph, and collide in dramatic explosions. Her work, described as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, often includes collaborations with cutting edge choreographers, visual artists, film-makers, and musicians worldwide.

Appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti, Clyne served as a Mead Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2015, and recently served as Composer-in-Residence for Brazil's Festival Inverno do Campos do Jordão, the Mizzou New Music Festival with Alarm Will Sound, 21c Liederabend, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. She has been appointed Composer-in-Residence for the Orchestre National d'Ile de France from 2014-2016 and for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the 15-16 season. 

Clyne's music has been commissioned by a wide range of ensembles and orchestras, which include the American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolis Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Southbank Centre and VIA among others. Her work has been championed by some of the world’s finest conductors, including Marin Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, George Manahan, Jeffrey Milarsky, Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin, Alan Pierson, Andre de Ridder, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Osmo Vänskä. Her work has been performed in venues ranging in diversity from New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge to Carnegie Hall—and hosts of concert halls and alternative venues across the globe.

Clyne is the recipient of several prestigious awards including a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, awards from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and prizes from ASCAP and SEAMUS. She was nominated for the 2014 Times Breakthrough Award (UK) and is the recipient of a grant from Opera America to develop As Sudden Shut - a multimedia chamber opera. She was featured as a Composer of the Week on BBC Radio 3 and was also the subject of a composer portrait concert at New York's Miller Theater with Ensemble Signal, and a profile feature in the New York Times. 

Highlight for the 2015–16 season include the world premieres of This Midnight Hour performed by L’Orchestre national d'Île de France; This Lunar Beauty by the Britten Sinfonia with soprano, Julia Doyle; Just As They Are by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble; a new work to be premiered by Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; a new ballet score to be premiered by Marin Alsop and the Carbillo Festival Orchestra in collaboration with choreographer, Kitty McNamee, Pocket Book VIII for Roomful of Teeth; Lines for one hundred cellos, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and to be premiered at the Hollywood Bowl, and the US East Coast premiere and the UK premiere of Clyne’s violin concerto, The Seamstress, performed by Jennifer Koh with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, respectively. The Seattle Symphony will give the US premiere of This Midnight Hour under the direction of Ludovic Morlot. 

In 2012, Tzadik Records released a full album of Clyne’s music, titled Blue Moth, showcasing a diverse range of her instrumental and ensemble with tape pieces, including Roulette, fits + starts and Steelworks. Recent releases include Night Ferry with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti on the CSO’s Resound label; The Violin, a suite of works for multi-tracked violins and stop-motion animations by Josh Dorman on VIA records; and Prince of Clouds featuring Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra on Cedille Records. Prince of Clouds was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition. 

Clyne holds a first-class Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Edinburgh University and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Marjan Mozetich, Marina Adamia, Julia Wolfe, and Nils Vigeland.

Her music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.