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.
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 recently featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio for his Flute Concerto.
Grant studied oboe and English horn extensively with Roger Roe and Linda Strommen, 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 English horn player Roger Roe and pianist R. Kent Cook. Recently-completed 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.
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 a BM in composition and oboe performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Major teachers include Claude Baker, Jeffrey Hass, Sven-David Sandström, Aaron Travers, Don Freund, and Libby Larsen.
When Grant is not composing, practicing, or making reeds, he can usually be found outdoors rock climbing, hiking, camping, or running. He also enjoys cooking, reading about medicine and biology, and teaching his mini-Aussie puppy Maple how to herd goats.
-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