A composer equally accustomed to writing for orchestra, opera, film, theater, chorus, piano and chamber ensembles, Brian Wilbur Grundstrom’s voice includes a strong affinity for long melodic lines, distinctive tonal harmonic vocabulary, engaging rhythms, skillfully executed counterpoint, and dramatic imagery.
Audiences take to his compositions immediately, finding in his compositions traces of Aaron Copland, Kurt Weill and Samuel Barber. Classically trained in piano as well as music theory from Gettysburg College, he continued orchestration and composition studies with John David Earnest.
Grundstrom won Outstanding Emerging Artist in the 2013 DC Mayor’s Arts Awards, and has received five fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humani-ties. His awards also include Encore from American Composers Forum, Composers Assistance Program from the American Music Center and ASCAPLUS from ASCAP. He has received two Peer Awards from Television, Internet & Video Association of DC (TIVA-DC) and an OutMusic nomination for Pepe! The Mail Order Monkey Musi-cal, which sold out as part of the Capital Fringe Festival.
A member of ASCAP, Grundstrom attended the ASCAP/NYU Buddy Baker Film Music Workshop. His features include Arc of Light: A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss and 2 Minutes Later, in addition to writing music for many short films. His studio includes the latest in technologies, including Vienna Symphonic Library, and he is able to render his orchestral compositions at high professional standards. His music has been performed by Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro (Brasilia, Brazil), La Orquestra Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Sunderman Woodwind Quintet, SONOS Chamber Orchestra, North/South Consonance, Ship-pensburg Festival Orchestra, Trinity Chamber Orchestra, George Washington Uni-versity Orchestra, NIH Philharmonia, Holyoke Civic Symphony, The Queer Urban Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia, Chamber Music by Candelight by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians, CoroAllegro, Colla Voce and The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.
Grundstrom’s CD, An Orchestral Journey was released on August 12, 2016 by Parma Recordings under the Navona Records label with distribution by Naxos. The CD features his orchestral music conducted by Erik Ochsner at the Omega Record-ing Studios. Brian is currently working on an opera based on Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls.
SONOS Chamber Orchestra Director Erik E. Ochsner writes “Many audiences cringe at the thought of new music. We had such positive feedback from audiences on how much they enjoyed Grundstrom's work. It is modern, yet tonal.”