With performances across the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America by leading orchestras, choirs, and soloists, Eugene Birman (b. 1987 - Daugavpils, Latvia,) is a composer of music of "high drama" and "intense emotion" (BBC). His highly public career has led to appearances on the world's most important media outlets, including CNN, BBC World TV, Radio France, Bloomberg TV, NPR's All Things Considered with Robert Siegel, Sveriges Radio, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Deutsche Welle, CBC/Radio-Canada, ABC's Good Morning America, and countless others. He has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles and orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Latvian Radio Choir, Eric Ericsons Kammarkör, Juilliard Symphony, Sinfonietta Riga, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble U:, Resonabilis, Quartetto Prometeo, Cavaleri Quartet and PUBLIQuartet, members of the Deutsches Oper, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the Milan Conservatory, as well as by soloists Maurizio Ben Omar, Oren Marshall, Iris Oja, and Axel Strauss. A broadcast of Mi vedi (written for the Chigiana Festival 2012 in collaboration with stage director Antoine Gindt of T&M Paris and librettist Giovanna Scardoni) appeared along with a taped interview on Sky Classica in Autumn 2012. The same period also marked the release of Resonabilis’ 10th anniversary CD [North Wind, South Wind], featuring Defixio2, distributed by Naxos and Abeille Musique.


Upcoming premieres with Anima Musicae (HU), Minnesota Orchestra (USA), the Helsinki Chamber Choir (FI), Ruthless Jabiru (UK) and Joby Burgess (UK) as part of two separate Sound and Music Portfolio residencies, and Oren Marshall with Sound Intermedia (UK) at the 2014 Huddersfield International Music Festival, in conjunction with a CD release with NMC records and the Sound and Music Next Wave program, are only a selection from the composer's "booming career" (Festival van Vlaanderen). The resulting music is diverse, impossible to predict, obsessive in its impenetrability and originality. Inspired by such disparate elements as Korean folk song and watercolor painting, and the musical language of his native Baltic region, his music displays a sinuous integration of potential energy and color, framed in cold, naturalistic landscapes.


A former student of John Adams, Samuel Adler, Luis Bacalov, David Conte, Azio Corghi, and Christopher Rouse, Eugene Birman graduated with an M.M. degree from the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the A. Ellstein Memorial Scholarship, the Rodgers and Hammerstein Scholarship, and the Gretchaninoff Prize. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University, as well as a Diploma di Merito from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He is a laureate of numerous international and national (US) awards, including the Young Composer's Award from the European network for professional chamber choirs - TENSO, the 1st prize of the Concorso Internazionale di Composizione "Lavagnino 2007", and others from Banco Santander, NFAA, ASCAP, Collage New Music, the University of Louisville, University of Oxford, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Juilliard School, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, among others. Currently pursuing a D.Phil in Music at the University of Oxford, Christ Church, under the generous support of the Stone-Mallabar Foundation and the American Friends of Christ Church, he is also an alumnus of the Fulbright grant program, having received a 2010-11 full grant for studies in Estonia.