Anna Clyne, by all accounts, appears to be one of the hardest working young composers today. Born in London, and a former student of Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe, her works have been commissioned across the country and have met high praise – including a Grammy nomination. Clyne is also serving with Mason Bates as the current Mead composers-in-residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra – but not for much longer.
As the residencies are coming to and end the CSO is preparing to premiere new works by both composers. Clyne’s new piece is a violin concerto by Clyne, The Seamstress. It will be premiered May 28 by Jennifer Koh. The Chicago Tribune has an interview with both Clyne and Bates and reactions on their experience working with the CSO.