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About Geoffrey Hudson

Composer Geoffrey Hudson’s music has been performed across the United States and

in Europe. His 2006 opera for young audiences, The Bug Opera, was hailed as “clever

and well-crafted, reminiscent of Bernstein or perhaps of a light-hearted avuncular

Stravinsky.” Himself a cellist, Hudson has written often for strings, including string

quartets, a string quintet, a string sextet, a piano quartet, duets for viola and cello, and

chamber music combining strings and winds.

In 2003, the American Composers Forum commissioned Meeting Ground, a concerto

for string quartet and orchestra based on powwow music of the northern plains Indians,

written for and premiered by the Chiara String Quartet and the Greater Grand Forks

Symphony Orchestra. Other recent commissions include Peal (2007), an orchestral

work written in celebration of the 75th summer of Greenwood Music Camp

(Cummington, MA) and First Among Equals, a concerto for viola and chamber

ensemble (2002), commissioned and premiered by violist Sam Bergman and the Oberlin

Contemporary Ensemble. First Among Equals was also featured at the 23rd

International Viola Congress (Minneapolis, 2004).

In recent years, the Minnesota Orchestra has presented two of Hudson’s works on its chamber music series: Mayor of the

Nighttime City (1999) for flute, viola, and piano and Quintet (1996) for two violins, two violas, and cello. Daydreamer, a solo work

for flutist Christina Jennings, was commissioned in 2002 with support from the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music and

has since been performed in eight states and at the 2004 National Flute Association Convention in Nashville. Hudson’s catalog of

works also includes several song cycles (From Rilke’s Orchards, On the Subject of Bugs, Seasonal Songs) and works for chorus

(Two New England Songs, Psalm 67, and Bird Songs) and orchestra. His score for the short film Recently, Long Ago appeared at

the 2015 Palm Springs ShortFest.

Geoffrey Hudson received his undergraduate degrees at Oberlin College, where he studied American history and composition

(with Richard Hoffmann) and earned a Master’s in composition at New England Conservatory, where his principal teacher was

Malcolm Peyton.


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