Michael Edward Edgerton
Edgerton, born in Racine, Wisconsin, is a composer of modern classical music for instruments, voices and electronics. In addition to concert music, he previously had interest in bringing music together with other mediums, such as theater, movement and visual art, often in collaboration with artists from these disciplines - however, in the last 10 years his work increasingly leans toward complexity and the practical application of physical and perceptual model.
Since 2000, Edgerton has been based in Europe and has worked with artists such as Stefan Östersjö, Kairos String Quartet, Ensemble Ars Nova, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Gary Verkade, Angela Rademacher, Timo Kinnunen, Chor der Hochschule der Kuenste in Berlin, Works-in-Progress Ensemble, Chatschatur Kanajan, Quartet New Generation, Jeffrey Burns.
His compositions have received awards and recognition from the Kompositionspreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart 2007 (Tempo Mental Rap), 2007 Composition Contest of the Netherlands Radio Choir (Kalevi Matus), 5th Dutilleaux International Composition Compétition, 2003 (1 sonata), 31 FESTIVAL SYNTHESE BOURGES 2001 (The Elements of Risk in Creation), 1999 Sal Martirano composition competition, Friends and Enemies of New Music (Net/Byrinth), MacDowell Club Award for composition, 1995 (Unspoken Crime), Midwest Composers Symposium, 1988 (A Penny for the Young Guy), 1987 National Federation of Music Clubs Composition Competition (Ai), 1987 National Federation of Music Clubs Composition Competition (Dwellers of the Southwest), Michigan State University Orchestral Composition Competition, 1986 (The Final Diary of a Branch).
He is also an active researcher of voice, acoustics and perception and is regularly invited to deliver guest lectures. His work with the extra-normal voice is internationally known through performances, journal & magazine publications (including a paper in Scientific American, 281, 1999) and a book, The 21st Century Voice, published by Scarecrow Press.
Michael received his Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) in composition from the University of Illinois, the Masters of Music (MM) from Michigan State University and the Bachelors of Arts (BA) from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. From 1996 to 1999, Michael was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the National Center for Voice and Speech, where he conducted research on voice science for his book, The 21st Century Voice.