Gregory Spears | Composer

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Gregory Spears writes music for modern and period instruments that blends aspects of romanticism, minimalism, and early music.His work has been called “astonishingly beautiful” (New York Times), “coolly entrancing”(The New Yorker), and “some of the most beautifully unsettling music to appear in recent memory.”(The Boston Globe).Spears' first opera, Paul’s Case was recently described as a “masterpiece”and a “gem”(New York Observer) with “ravishing music”(New York Times) and was developed by American Opera Projects and performed at Urban Arias, the Prototype Festival, and Pittsburgh Opera.His music has been commissioned and performed by Houston Grand Opera (HGOco), the JACK Quartet, Seraphic Fire, the New York Youth Symphony, New Vintage Baroque, Damask Ensemble, choreographer Christopher Williams, OPERA America, and the Present Music Ensemble.He has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and has won honors, fellowships, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fulbright Foundation, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, BMI, ASCAP, and the Aaron Copland House. His chamber Requiem was released on New Amsterdam Records.Spears is currently writing a new opera, “O Columbia”with librettist Royce Vavrek for premiere next season at Houston Grand Opera (HGOco).