Thomas Osborne, born
in 1978,is a composer currently living in Los Angeles. He has
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.