Minnesota-born composer Grant Luhmann's works have earned performances by ensembles such as the Parker String Quartet, violinist Mary Rowell, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and many others. A frequent recipient of state and national honors, he earned a 2014 BMI Student Composer Award for his percussion trio The Triumvirate, first prize of Tribeca New Music's 2016 Young Composer Competition Division 2 for his Arborea for violin and fixed electronics, and the Indiana University Dean’s Prize [Chamber Category] for Grodek for baritone and sinfonietta. Other recent accolades include a 2013 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award, first place in Indiana University’s High School Composition Competition, winner of the Charles B. Olson Young Composers Contest, an honorable mention in the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, and more. He also was recently featured in the Star Tribune and on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
In summer of 2015, Grant spent a month studying at Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. There, he studied electroacoustic music under some of the world's leading composers, acousticians, programmers, and philosophers while creating a new work with the resources of IRCAM. He will return to France this summer to attend the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, studying with François Paris and Alain Gaussin and creating a new piece in collaboration with the fine arts students.
In addition to composing, Grant studies oboe and English horn with Roger Roe and Linda Strommen at the Jacobs School of Music, performing in the IU New Music Ensemble and frequently premiering new works. Upcoming commissions include a new work for the IU New Music Ensemble and a flute concerto for flautist Karen Baumgartner and the Bloomington Symphony (MN) under direction of Manny Laureano.
Grant currently attends Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music pursuing a BM in composition with a concentration in oboe performance. His primary teacher is Claude Baker, and he has also studied extensively with Sven-David Sandström, Aaron Travers, David Dzubay, Don Freund, and Libby Larsen.
-Winner of the IU Dean's Prize in Categories B (Chamber/Ensemble) and D (Undergraduate). Prize includes commission for the New Music Ensemble, upcoming premiere in 2016-17 academic year.
-First place winner of Tribeca New Music's 2016 Young Composer Competition, Division 2, for Arborea for violin and fixed media. Upcoming performance by Mary Rowell at the cell theater.
-Acceptance to the American Academy at Fontainebleau's 2016 composition program
-Arborea programmed on the 2016 New York Electroacoustic Music Festival. June 6th performance by Skye Kinlaw at the National Sawdust.
-Sweetwater, IUB, and CIEE grants to facilitate studies at IRCAM in Paris for summer 2015
-2014 BMI Student Composer Award. Press release here.
-3 successful grants from the Hutton Honors College
-Jacobs Scholar at Indiana University, the school's highest distinction for incoming undergraduates.
-Winner of the Indiana University High School Composition Competition, a $60,000 prize. More info about the contest here.
-2013 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award (http://www.ascap.com/press/2013/0328-the-ascap-foundation-names-recipients-of-the-2013-morton-gould-young-composers-awards.aspx)
-Two finalist designations in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers contest (2014 and 2011)
-Minnesota Varsity Showcase Round Composer (by Classical Minnesota Public Radio and the American Composers Forum, http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services/cms/features/ongoing/minnesota-varsity/)
-Winner, 2012-2013 Charles B. Olson Young Composers Contest (sponsored by the Encore Wind Ensemble, http://www.encorewind.com/Contest_Winners.html)
-Winner, 2012 James and Paula Nelson Young Composers Competition (with the Duluth Symphony, http://www.dsso.com/youth_composer.php)
-Honorable Mention, Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute 2012-13 (http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/about/press-room/549-2013-composer-institute-participants)
-2nd place overall, National Federation of Music Clubs, National Level
-Winner, NFMC Regional Level
-1st prize & perfect score, NFMC State Level
-Schubert Club Composer Mentorship 2010-12
-2010-2011 MacPhail Composition Scholarship
-Finalist, Definiens C3 Competition