Grant Luhmann's work explores the intersection of his interests in composition, music technology, and performance. His compositions enjoy performances by ensembles such as the Parker String Quartet, the IU New Music Ensemble, and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra in venues ranging from National Sawdust in New York to the Château de Fontainebleau in France and the Sjundby Castle in Siuntio, Finland.
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 2016 Dean’s Prize [Chamber Category] for Grodek for baritone and sinfonietta. He also earned a 2013 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award and was featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio for his Flute Concerto.
Grant studied oboe and English horn extensively with Roger Roe and Linda Strommen at Indiana University, performed in the IU New Music Ensemble and Philharmonic, and premiered a number of new works during his undergraduate studies at IU. He maintains an active commission schedule which currently includes a new work for flute player Meera Gudipati and the US Coast Guard Band and a piece for the Confluss Duo of NYC.
In summer of 2015, Grant spent a month studying at Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. He returned to France summer of 2016 attending the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, studying with François Paris and Alain Gaussin and creating installations in collaboration with architecture students.
Grant currently attends the Yale School of Music in pursuit of his Master of Music degree. He earned his Bachelor of Music Composition Oboe Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Major teachers include David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Hannah Lash, Aaron Jay Kernis, Claude Baker, and Libby Larsen. He acted as a Teaching Fellow for Yale College during the 2018-19 school year, teaching introductory music technology and private composition lessons.
When Grant is not composing, practicing, or making reeds, he can usually be found rock climbing, hiking, camping, or cycling. In order to unite his dual interests in the sciences and humanities, he will begin a 1-year transitional program to medical school this summer at Johns Hopkins University.
-IU Dean's Prize in Categories B (Chamber/Ensemble) and D (Undergraduate)
-Tribeca New Music's 2016 Young Composer Competition, Division 2, for Arborea for violin and fixed media.
-2014 BMI Student Composer Award. Press release here.
-Jacobs Scholar at Indiana University
-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)