Meet the Composer


Thomas Osborne, born in 1978,is a composer currently living in Los Angeles. He has received degrees from Indiana University and Rice University, and is now a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California. He has studied composition with Edward Applebaum, Claude Baker, Donald Crockett, Don Freund, and Stephan Hartke. His works have received numerous awards, including a BMI Student Composer Award and an award from the Indiana Music Teacher’s Association for his Sonata for violin and piano and the Jimmy McHugh composition prize from USC for his orchestral work The Burning Music. His works have been performed by ensembles across the country, including the American Composers Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, L.A. Sound Circle, the New England Philharmonic, Rice University’s Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, and USC’s Thornton Symphony and Contemporary Music Ensemble.

In the summer of 2004 the T’ang Quartet gave the premiere of the commissioned work Furioso: Vendetta for String Quartet with Houston Symphony bassist Eric Larson at the Tanglewood Music Center. The same summer the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble presented the premiere of And the Waves Sing Because They Are Moving, a solo piano work commissioned by the ensemble and pianist Jason Hardink. This past spring, the New York Youth Symphony gave the premiere of Osborne’s The Nostalgia of the Infinite in Carnegie Hall as part of the group’s First Music commissioning program. In April, the Duquesne University Contemporary Ensemble premiered Osborne’s work Smoke, Steel, Stone, Cinder in Pittsburgh. And this past May the Pacific Symphony performed The Burning Music as part of the American Composers Competition, in which Osborne was one of three finalists.

Active as a pianist, Osborne has studied piano with Elizabeth Brock, Christopher Harding, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, and Brian Connelly. He studies conducting with Larry Livingston, focusing on presenting new music by young composers.