Carson Kievman is a composer of extremely original music, which is rare
— Olivier Messiaen COMPOSER/TEACHER
Mr. Kievman ranks among the foremost modern composers
— Joseph Papp, producer
Carson, pursuing your voice is an inspired choice, but don’t expect recognition
— James Tenney, composer/teacher
Carson has an original and advanced use of vocal and musical techniques, using mass media. But he is a complete outsider
— - Luigi Nono, composer/mentor


Carson Kievman has been the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts American Masterworks; Miami New Times Mastermind Award; Princeton University Research Fellowship; Naumberg Fellowship at Princeton University; a Janet A. Hooker Charitable Trust Award; 2 MacDowell Colony Fellowships; Jury & Participant's Prizes at the 4th International Composer's Festival Zurich, Switzerland; NEA Composer / Librettist Fellowship; Rockefeller and Adolph Foundation awards for a music-theater productions at the Public Theater; Fromm Foundation at Harvard Commission; Koussevitzky Foundation Composer/Director Residency Tanglewood; Margaret Grant Composition Prize from Tanglewood; Leonard Bernstein Fellowship; 2 Lord Mayor of Darmstadt Fellowships Ferienkürse Fur Neue Musik; 2 BMI Awards.

Carson Kievman has created  7 symphonies, 9 full length multidisciplinary/multimedia operas including “TESLA”, “INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS, The Surrender of Self in Mystical Contemplation”, “FAIRY TALES, Songs of the Dandelion Woman”, “CALIFORNIA MYSTERY PARK”, “HAMLET”, “A GLASS BEAD GAME”, “LADIES VOICES”, “RED LIGHT-GREEN LIGHT” and “WAKE UP, IT’S TIME TO GO TO BED!”, 23 music-theater works and works for chamber ensembles, piano, violin, voice, choir plus multiple experimental multimedia works. 

Carson Kievman’s work follows an independent course that blends new music with the theatrical, visual and literary arts. His symphonies, operas, chamber music, music-theater and experimental works have been performed internationally in stage, concert, dance, and museum settings, from SoBe Arts to the Berkeley Art Museum; Ysbreker (Amsterdam), the Pennsylvania Ballet (Philadelphia), The Public Theater (New York City), the Rote Fabrik (Zurich), the Tanglewood Music Festival (Lenox), and the Nationaltheater Mannheim (Germany). His works have been broadcast by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC); Nord Deutsche Rundfunk, Berlin; Radio France, Paris; National Public Radio (NPR) and other media outlets worldwide

Carson Kievman’s music attempts to tap into a higher state of illumination, evoking something otherworldly, striving to touch the nonliteral and pre-verbal incandescence.  While the inspiration for his work is grounded in personal experience, he explores closer contact with the “luminosity of life’s intangibles.


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