William Gardiner is an emerging Australian composer of music for acoustic and electronic instruments.
Gardiner’s output includes works for symphony orchestra, chamber music, and early music ensembles, but also frequently involves electronic media and amplified instruments. He brings an ear honed in recording studios to his work, which has been performed at venues including the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Sydney Opera House, Yale University’s Morse Recital Hall, and REDCAT Los Angeles. In September 2015 the LA-based ensemble wild Up premiered Chiaroscuro, commissioned as part of the American Composers Forum National Composition Contest, in which Gardiner was selected as one of three winners. He is also a recipient of the Presser Foundation Graduate Award (2013), a winner of the Albany Symphony Orchestra's 'Composer to Center Stage' competition (2013), and was a 2014 fellow in composition at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Massachusetts MoCA.
Gardiner’s work has been credited as “absolutely stunning…a bright beacon of things to come” (Adam Mills, Mess+Noise magazine) and “emotional without emotions, and utterly spellbinding” (Elizabeth Hambleton, New Classic LA). Anthony D’Amico (brainwashed.com) attributes “a coherent vision and a rare ability to incorporate outside influences seamlessly into it ... classical music needs more new blood like this.”
Born in 1987, William Gardiner is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Music in the United States, where he was mentored by David Lang, Martin Bresnick and Aaron Jay Kernis. He previously attended the University of Sydney, where he received degrees in Arts and Law.