BIO //

Christopher Stark (b. 1980, St. Ignatius, MT) is a composer of contemporary classical music deeply rooted in the American West. Having spent his formative years in rural western Montana, his music is always seeking to capture the expansive energy of this quintessential American landscape. Stark, whose music The New York Times has called, "fetching and colorful," has been awarded prizes and commissions from organizations such as the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, Chamber Music America, the Orléans International Piano Competition, and ASCAP. Named a 2017 "Rising Star" by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, his music has been performed by such ensembles as Alarm Will Sound, American Composers Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Los Angeles Piano Quartet, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Momenta Quartet, New Morse Code, FLUX Quartet, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. In 2012, he was a resident composer at Civitella Ranieri, a fifteenth-century castle in Umbria, Italy, and in June of 2016 he was awarded a residency at Copland House. Recent highlights included performances at the 2016 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the 2016 NY Phil Biennial. His score for the feature-length film, “Novitiate,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2017 and will be theatrically released in October of 2017 by Sony Pictures Classics.


CONTACT // starkca@gmail.com


HEADSHOT // photograph by Fabio Bracarda for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation


MUSIC //

// large ensemble

True North for sinfonietta
AUDIO
// SCORE
Ignatian Exercises for sinfonietta
AUDIO // SCORE
Promontories: After Three Photographs by Ansel Adams for chamber orchestra
AUDIO // SCORE
...and start west for chamber orchestra
AUDIO
// SCORE
Soldier Asleep at the Tomb for soprano, orchestra, and electronics
VIDEO
// SCORE
Velocity Meadows for solo oboe, wind ensemble, electronics, and video
VIDEO
// SCORE
Augenblick for wind ensemble and electronics
AUDIO // SCORE

// chamber ensemble

Spring Music for string quartet
AUDIO
// SCORE
Winter Music for string quartet
VIDEO
// SCORE
Piano Quartet for violin, viola, cello, and piano
VIDEO // SCORE
The Language of Landscapes for cello, percussion, and electronics
AUDIO
// SCORE
Nanokonzert for solo trombone and chamber ensemble
AUDIO
// SCORE
Nanoconcerto 2 for solo trombone and chamber ensemble
AUDIO
// SCORE
Monday, Midnight for tenor voice, alto flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion
AUDIO (excerpt)
// SCORE
This is Not a Story for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano
SCORE

Mercy Bell for l'histoire septet
AUDIO
// SCORE
Rosenthal Miniatures for oboe and bass clarinet with image projection
VIDEO
// SCORE
Borrowed Chords for clarinet, violin, and piano
AUDIO
// SCORE
Stars in Dead Reflection for clarinet, bass, vibes, and piano
AUDIO // SCORE
Refuge for brass quintet and electronics
SCORE

Foreword for two pianos and electronics
AUDIO
// SCORE
Horizon for clarinet and piano
SCORE
Chamber Etudes for flute, clarinet, horn, and piano
SCORE
Deposition for cello, piano, and electronics
AUDIO // SCORE
aMBiValence for string trio and electronics
AUDIO // SCORE
Archipel for oboe, violin, and cello
SCORE

// solo

in Memory for piano
AUDIO // SCORE
Red Ochre for violin and electronics
AUDIO // SCORE
Two-Handed Storytelling for piano and electronics
AUDIO // SCORE

// film score

Novitiate
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background photograph by Collin Stark © 2017