Composer Portals


We here at Q2 Music always strive to bring you the best and brightest in new music, but we also care deeply about the spaces between the music. Every day on our 24/7 stream, you will hear the voices of composers themselves as they provide exclusive, insightful introductions to the pieces of music you are about to enjoy.

Q2 Music affirms its commitment to enshrining the thoughts of today's composers. We will archive these introductions online and continue to add more composers for both in-stream inclusion and on-demand access. Check back as we look to add more and more of your favorite composers to the mix.

John Luther AdamsTimothy Andres | Mason BatesDerek Bermel | Tyondai Braxton | Martin BresnickGavin Bryars | Caleb BurhansElliott CarterChou Wen-chungJacob Cooper | John CoriglianoSebastian Currier | David Del Tredici | Avner Dorman | Osvaldo Golijov | Michael GordonJudd Greenstein | JacobTV | Scott JohnsonAaron Jay Kernis | Phil Kline | David Lang | Lowell LiebermannIngram Marshall | Missy Mazzoli | Meredith MonkPaul MoravecNico Muhly | Angélica Negrón | Per Nørgård | Paola Prestini | Steve Reich | Poul RudersEsa-Pekka Salonen | Morton Subotnick | Michael TorkePeteris Vasks

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Iceland's Anna Thorvaldsdottir Imagines Fantastical Landscapes

Monday, August 24, 2015

It is simply too simplistic to say that Anna Thorvaldsdottir is "inspired by nature,” as has become the shorthand in describing composers hailing from Iceland.

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Donnacha Dennehy's Exuberant Post-Minimalism

Monday, September 08, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy goes from Ireland to America, France and Amsterdam to study, gets the post-minimalism gospel (with a sideline degree in spectralism), and returns to his native Ireland.


Phil Kline Spotlights Scandinavian Symphonist Per Nørgård

Monday, July 21, 2014

While the music of  Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen has become quite familiar to American audiences in recent years, that of their important predecessor Per Nørg...


Caleb Burhans Delivers Melancholic Stillness with Punk-Rock Bravado

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Caleb Burhans clearly has a sense of purpose. As a founding member of various performer collectives like Alarm Will Sound and Newspeak – and with his contributions as a composer to several projects on the New Amsterdam and Cantaloupe labels – any casual observer might easily be able to identify the string-player/vocalist as an important part of the contemporary classical scene in New York.


John Luther Adams Channels Nature's Savage Beauty

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

April 14, 2014, John Luther Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for "Become Ocean." Get a primer on this exciting composer of expansive, environmentalist music.

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Gavin Bryars's Underground Sanctuaries of Ambient Sound

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

English composer and bassist has achieved sonically rich musical results in works like The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet. Read an appreciation of the com...


John Corigliano's Radical Pursuit of the New and Immediate

Monday, April 29, 2013

While never fully breaking from the expressive language developed by Mahler and his 20th-Century heirs, Corigliano develops it to often harrowing extremes. Read a profile of the celeb...


Poul Ruders Tempers Dark Narratives with Scandinavian Cool

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Poul Ruders’s diverse body of compositions is tied together by his smooth absorption of many styles and modes. Read a full profile on the Danish composer, featured on this weekend's C...


Martin Bresnick's Playful Sound Spans the Blues to Goya

Monday, February 25, 2013

Given his Yale teaching post and the number of composers he has mentored there, Martin Bresnick may wind up being remembered as the Nadia Boulanger of the late 20th-century American s...


Avner Dorman Meshes Mandolins and Club-Drug Euphoria

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Avner Dorman is a composer of musical spices, perfumes and toxins in a figurative sense. His music is piquant — vivid, present, spicy. Read a profile of the Israeli-born composer and ...


Esa-Pekka Salonen's Nordic Sounds Burn White Hot

Monday, January 14, 2013

Now that Elliott Carter has passed, we might well bestow the title of “world’s most impressive late-blooming composer” onto the shoulders of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read a full portrait of...


The Rewarding and Unpredictable Music of Elliott Carter

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Charles Ives wrote him a letter of recommendation to Harvard. He attended the New York premiere of The Rite of Spring. Decades later, Stravinsky himself would proclaim that he had wri...


Behind the Perverse Pandemonium of HK Gruber

Monday, October 01, 2012

Heinz Karl Gruber (or HK Gruber, depending on your program) isn’t afraid of being called silly. One of the Austrian composer’s most notorious pieces, Frankenstein!! (yes, with two exclamation points), is formally described as a “pan-demonium,” and takes as its text some would-be Austrian children’s rhymes penned by an absurdist-minded pal of Gruber’s.


Mason Bates and DJ Masonic: Two Halves of a Modern-Day Composer-Performer

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The tradition of the star performer-composer is as old as classical music itself — Beethoven on the piano, Paganini on the violin. But Mason Bates isn't a virtuoso of the organ or the lute. The role of the performer and the role of the composer have changed: Bates's instrument is the laptop.

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The Misfit Pop Art of JacobTV

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jacob ter Veldhuis, the Dutch composer better known as JacobTV, comes as close to pop art as classical music is ever likely to get. Borrowing the "speech-melody" technique of Scott Jo...


The Propulsive Post-Minimalism of Michael Torke

Monday, August 06, 2012

A decade or two before post-minimalism became the lingua franca of emerging American composers, the young Michael Torke was already building his career on it. Learn more about Torke a...


The Inestimable and Visionary Impact of Chou Wen-chung

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tan Dun's teacher, student of Edgard Varèse, Chou Wen-chung stands at the intersection of Asian and European traditions, of old and new logics for cross-cultural listening.


Terry Riley's Radical Openness to Sound

Thursday, July 05, 2012

For a newcomer to Terry Riley, In C is where to begin, with its 53 melodic fragments passed back and forth between whatever instruments may have been assembled, and which are paced ...


The Spiky Neoromanticism of David Del Tredici

Friday, June 08, 2012

From time in the serialist trenches of academia to a position in the front ranks of the neoromantic movement, David Del Tredici has played a surfeit of roles over the last half-centur...

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The Singing, Soaring Lines of Latvian Melodist Peteris Vasks

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It will be hard to keep Latvian composer Peteris Vasks's passionate, yearning, eminently accessible music secret here much longer. Hear more about and from the composer ahead.

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