Conrad Winslow is a composer whose musical forms are bold, legible and emotionally direct. His music combines precipitous edges with subtle shifts of syntax. He draws influence from architects and playwrights to structure pieces like places to inhabit. Raised in Homer, Alaska, he first learned to make a world from scratch by watching his parents build a log cabin home in the woods. His debut album of chamber music with Cadillac Moon Ensemble and producer/guitarist Aaron Roche, entitled The Perfect Nothing Catalog, was released on Innova Recordings in November 2017.
His work “remains tautly controlled and coherent, but bursts with variety both harmonic and gestural” (Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia…) and has been called “compelling” (New York Times) and described as a “scenic, boisterous and bumpy ride” (Albany Times Union).
Winslow's instrumental music has been commissioned by Alarm Will Sound, Carnegie Hall, the American Composers Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the NYU Symphony, Bala Brass, and Gaudete Brass (who recorded Record of a Lost Tribe for Cedille Records), among many others. His songs have been presented by The New York Festival of Song and The Coterie (co-founded by librettist Royce Vavrek and Tony-nominated soprano Lauren Worsham).
Awards and support have come from ASCAP (ASCAPlus, multiple Morton Gould awards), The Jerome Fund, New York Youth Symphony, Yale Glee Club, The Juilliard School (2010 Juilliard Orchestra Competition, New Juilliard Ensemble commission), and New Music USA (CAP Grants). Current projects include composing new work for soprano Justine Aronson and Brooklyn-based ensemble Echo Chamber, and directing the Wild Shore Festival for New Music in Homer, Alaska.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Composition from the Juilliard School, where he studied with John Corigliano, an M.M. degree in film scoring from NYU, where he studied with Justin Dello Joio, and an Honors A.B. degree in Music from Rollins College, where he studied with Daniel Crozier.