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GOSHEN — Anna Clyne is a “composer of unusual gifts and methods,” according to The New York Times, and “fearless” according to NPR. She is also a composer with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, which comes to Goshen College Music Centre, 1700 S. Main St., on October 19.

Clyne is the only living artist of the three composers to appear on the American tour of the international orchestra, including Max Bruch (1838-1920) and Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). In the modern era of music composition, Clyne brings an air of collaboration and a love for music to his work. She has been part of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2019.

“I love collaborating with specific soloists,” she said. “I’m writing a violin concerto right now and clarinet concertos.”

“Each orchestra has its own personality and interests,” Clyne said. “One of the things I loved about the SCO is not only their incredible musicians – as a composer it’s a dream to see your music come to life with such excellent musicianship – but also From that, they have some really fantastic training programs.”

As part of Clyne’s residency, they developed a program called “New Stories”, which features three early-career female composers writing a piece for seven instruments with the orchestra in their first year, then a piece for an orchestra. of room. in their second year.

“For each of them, it was their first time writing for that particular set,” she explained.

It was during the pandemic so it was done via Zoom.

“You can write all the music in the world, but if you don’t hear it come to life the way you imagined, it’s kind of redundant,” Clyne said. “I feel very lucky to work with some amazing musicians. … It’s a real honor to hear my music come to life with (the Scottish Chamber Orchestra) because you know you’re getting the best performance of your piece.

She has also worked with Jess Gillam, Martin Fröst, Pekka Kuusisto and Yo-Yo Ma. Her next piece is an opera, which she looks forward to.

In 2022-23, Clyne is Composer-in-Residence with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from the 2023-2024 season.

In 2015 she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her works “Prince of Clouds” and “Night Ferry”, and her cello concert “Dance”, recorded by soloist Inbal Segev of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Marin Alsop, was seen more than seven million plays on Spotify.

Clyne’s musical career began when family friends in London gave them an old piano, with keys missing, she said.

“As soon as I started playing, I also started composing songs for my friends and myself,” she said. “My best friend was a flautist, so my first piece was for flute or piano, and that love of collaborating with musicians is still part of my life today.”

Clyne admits that, despite her love of composing music, she never wanted to make a career out of it. In fact, she had planned to go to English Literature College, but changed at the last minute.

“I actually didn’t get my first composition teacher until I was 20, which is quite old,” she explained. “A lot of young teenagers have composition teachers, so I started quite late in my professional training.”

After graduating in 2002, Clyne moved to New York to continue her education at the Manhattan School of Music, but it wasn’t until several years later, when her mother died suddenly in 2008, that she realized that she identified herself as a composer.

“My reaction was to compose music,” she said. “In this creative space, I was able to find some peace and feel a very deep connection with her during this time of tumultuous emotions. I think it was a moment I knew every time I received a curveball in life, music is what I was going to do, so I knew I’m definitely a songwriter.

In 2010 she had a five-year residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and for the past three years she has been a composer with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra beginning in 2019. She is delighted that her piece, “Stride”, be presented as part of the tour.

“It’s inspired by Beethoven’s Pathetic Sonata,” she said. “It’s one of those pieces that is familiar to a lot of people.”

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will perform at Sauder Hall at Goshen College Music Center, 1700 S. Main St., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The tour will also feature Nicola Benedetti performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, under their new Principal Conductor, Maxim Emelyanychev.

Tickets are $30-$35 and can be purchased at the Goshen College box office, email [email protected], or phone 574-535-7566. The box office is open to businesses from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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