Christopher Trapani

Composer, US

Christopher Trapani was born in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA). He earned a Bachelor's degree from Harvard, then spent most of his twenties overseas: in London and Istanbul, as well as seven years in Paris, where he studied with Philippe Leroux and worked at IRCAM.  In 2010, Christopher moved to New York City to pursue a doctorate at Columbia University. He is currently living in Rome, as the recipient of the 2016-17 Rome Prize. Christopher is also the winner of the 2007 Gaudeamus Prize and a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude. His scores have been performed by ICTUS, Ensemble Modern, Talea Ensemble, and the JACK Quartet, amongst others.

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Isolario: Book II

Envisioned as an expanding collection of variable dimensions, he proposes to write 6-8 new miniatures for string quartet and electronics. The title alludes to the catalogues of islands created by Italian mapmakers, 16th-century atlases that portrayed all the known islands of the era, including some early representations of Japan and the Caribbean. For the next installment he plans to incorporate references to recent trips, to Cuba and various islands in the Mediterranean. Armed with a digital recorder, he has captured the sounds of each site and plans to work these into his composition.