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Dr. Benjamin  Broening
Dr. Benjamin Broening
Professor of Music

Composer Benjamin Broening's music has been performed across the United States and in more than nineteen other countries.

Trembling Air, a disc of his chamber music recorded by eighth blackbird and released in 2012 by Bridge Records, has been praised as "haunting," "enchanting" and "terrific" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), "magical" (Fanfare), "other-worldly" (Gramophone), "coruscatingly gorgeous" (CD Hotlist), and "alluring" and "captivating" (Audiophile Audition). Recombinant Nocturnes, a 2011 disk of music for piano recorded by Duo Runedako, released on Innova Recordings, has been called a "gorgeous disc of music" and "thoughtful, eloquent, and disarmingly direct" by New Music Box, "deep, troubling" by François Couture and "Lovely, delicate, calming" by Los Angeles' KFJC. In addition to the solo cds on Bridge and Innova, other recordings have been released by Ensemble U: in Estonia and on the Centaur, Everglade, Equilibrium, MIT Press, Oberlin Music, Open G and SEAMUS record labels.

A recipient of Guggenheim, Howard and Fulbright Fellowships, Broening has also received recognition and awards from the American Composers Forum, Virginia Commission for the Arts, ACS/Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Jerome Founation, the Presser Music Foundation, as well as a teaching award from the University of Richmond.

Broening is founder and artistic director of Third Practice, an annual festival of electroacoustic music at the University of Richmond, where he is Associate Professor of Music. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Cambridge University, Yale University, and Wesleyan University.

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Grants and Fellowships
George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship , 2014
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2013
Jerome Foundation Composers Commissioning Award, 2009
ACS/Andrew Mellon Foundation Grant, 2009
Virginia Commission for the Arts Grant, 2007
Fulbright Foundation Award, 2007
Additional Publications

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Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.Phil., University of Cambridge
M.M., Yale University School of Music
B.A., Wesleyan University
Contact Information
455 Westhampton Way
(804) 289-8278
Areas of Expertise
Music composition
Music theory
Music technology
Electroacoustic music