Denim Bay, 2017 DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS’ COMPETITION
Jesse Edwards (born 1996) is an internationally performed composer of rising acclaim. His newest work for Pierrot Ensemble, Denim Bay, was just premiered in Lviv, Ukraine, by the Phoenix Ensemble.
Edwards has worked with the Orchestra of the Pines, Starks Sound, and film director Adam Rothstein to create what has been noted as “accessible,” “well-spoken,” and “straightforward,” by the likes of conductor Gene Moon and Italian composer/educator Ferdinando Nazzaro. His other accomplishments include music featured in the 2016 Alfred Schnittke International Composer's Forum and Competition (by the Lemberg Sinfonietta - Lviv, Ukraine), the Piney Woods Young Musician’s collaborative, the short films The Memoir of Jacob Rutley and Rare Model, Stephen F. Austin State University's production of the play By the Bog of Cats, the Acts of Grace theatre company’s performances of Pride & Prejudice, The Death and Life of Larry Benson, and The Amish Project, and by Tyler Grace Community School’s concert choir and varsity drum line. He has recieved numerous other commissions from individuals all throughout East Texas, where he currently resides.
Jesse Edwards is a current student at Stephen F. Austin State University pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition under the instruction of Dr. Stephen Lias. He has received further instruction under Dr. Michael Daugherty, Dr. David Biedenbender, Dr. Lansing McLoskey, Dr. Carl Schimmel, Dr. Elliott McKinley, Dr. Kyle Gullings, Peter Farmer, and Ferdinand Nazzaro. Additional workshops and masterclasses include training with Sean Callery, Ira Newbourn, Mark Snow, and Michael Levine.