Griffin Candey is an American composer whose music has been praised for its "charming and elaborate complexity" and its "lyricism and emotional depth." Candey's work reflects upon personal and political subjects and tends to mirror natural forms: human gesture, speech patterns, landscapes, dance.
Recent US and European outings include songs for soprano Tamara Wilson (Thundercloud Over Half Dome, premiering at Oper Frankfurt,) a TTBB work about toxic masculinity (Protocol) for Cantus Vocal Ensemble, and a chamber cello concerto (Facsimile), co-premiering with New Music Detroit, CHAI Collaborative Ensemble, and Citywater. Upcoming collaborations include a song project with bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, a Great Lakes-themed quartet for the American Wild Ensemble, and a string quartet for the Michigan-based Tuuli Quartet.
A tireless advocate for American opera, Candey currently serves as Composer-in-Residence with Cleveland Opera Theatre, with whom he is currently developing an adaptation of Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (with librettist Caridad Svich.) His previous operas—especially Sweets by Kate—have been performed with theaters across the country, including Boston University's 2017 Fringe Fest and Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers Festival.
Candey is currently earning his DMA in Composition at the University of Michigan, studying with Dr. Kristin Kuster.
Full resume and CV can be found here.
"Griffin is one of the young musicians currently
giving me hope for the future of our art."
— Ann Moss, soprano