Fernando Benadon (b. 1972) is a composer and scholar who thrives on the exploration and integration of diverse paths. The New York Times has praised his music as 'engagingly forward' (2001), a 'perfect curtainraiser' of 'ear-grabbing invention' (2006).
He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Fromm Commission at Tanglewood, Copland House's Aaron Copland Award, winner of the International Society for Contemporary Music composition competition, and UC-Berkeley's Ladd Prize, which funds a two-year residency in Paris.
His music for film was featured at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and at many other film festivals around the world. As a scholar of jazz theory and rhythm perception, he publishes in leading journals and presents research at professional conferences.
A native of Buenos Aires, Fernando studied jazz at Berklee and composition at UC-Berkeley, earning a Ph.D. in 2004. He is assistant professor of music at American University.
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