Alexander SIGMAN (1980)
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is currently in the dissertation phase of the doctoral program in Music Composition at Stanford University, having studied primarily with Brian Ferneyhough. He has pursued further post-graduate study with Chaya Czernowin at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (2007), and attended the one-year intensive course of the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Netherlands) during 2007-2008. This year, he has been awarded a fellowship for a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany). Prior to Stanford, Sigman obtained a BM in Music Composition and a BA in Cognitive Sciences from Rice University.
He has received performances at such international music programs and festivals as Centre Acanthes, June in Buffalo, the DarmstÃ¤dter-Ferienkurse, the Abbaye de Royaumont, the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Society of Composers (SCI) National Conference, and Festival Klangraum (Stuttgart). His music has been performed throughout Europe and the US by such ensembles as the Arditti Quartet, les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Inauthentica, and Ensemble Ascolta, as well as soloists such as Magnus Andersson, Jean Kopperud, Eliot Gattegno, and FranÃ§oise Rivalland. Sigmanâ€™s electroacoustic, film, and multi-media compositions have been featured on programs at the Institute of Sonology (The Hague), DNK-Amsterdam, ICMC, the Sonorities Festival (Belfast), and the In-Sonora Muestra (Madrid), among others.
Since his undergraduate studies, Sigman has received several commissions, awards and grants, including the American Composersâ€™ Forum Encore grant, the Bearns Prize, a Fulbright scholarship to the Netherlands, a Julius F. Jezek commission prize nomination, as well as awards from ASCAP. In June 2007, he was composer-in-residence at the Musiques DÃ©mesurÃ©es festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Sigman has also authored and presented several articles and papers on various subjects, including a book chapter on music and aesthetics (to be published in an anthology edited by Steven Takasugi) and a study of early SchÃ¶nberg lieder, conducted at the SchÃ¶nberg-Center in Vienna. Since 2007, Sigman has been Co-Editor of the Search Journal for New Music and Culture and Managing Director of the 12-member Dutch ensemble Modelo62.