Dan Caputo (b. 1991) is a composer of instrumental and electronic works that explore themes of human experience, behavior, cognition, and psychology. His music is further inspired by physical location, with numerous works intended to evoke or be performed in environments outside of the concert hall.
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Caputo is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California and holds a B.M. from USC and an M.Mus. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has studied under composers Ted Hearne, Sean Friar, Donald Crockett, Dan Welcher, Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, Donald Grantham, and Samuel Adler.
A 26-year-old composer whose music “leaves you breathless” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Viet Cuong seeks to write music that both enchants and challenges its listeners by finding ways to breath new life into time- honored musical ideas. His music has been performed on six continents by musicians and ensembles such as Sō Percussion, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, JACK Quartet, American Modern Ensemble, Music from Copland House, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Mimi Stillman, Anthony McGill, Lisa Moore, and over one hundred college and conservatory wind ensembles. Viet’s music has been featured in diverse venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Midwest Clinic, International Double Reed Society Conference, Boston GuitarFest, US Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and on American Public Radio’s Performance Today. Awards include the ASCAP Morton Gould Award, Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Award, Theodore Presser Foundation Music Award, New York Youth Symphony First Music Commission, Cortona Prize, and Walter Beeler Memorial Prize. He has been an artist-in-residence at Copland House, Yaddo, Ucross, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and was a scholarship student at the Aspen, Bowdoin, and Lake Champlain music festivals. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, Viet is currently finishing his PhD at Princeton University. His mentors have included Steve Mackey, Donnacha Dennehy, Kevin Puts, and Oscar Bettison. Please visit vietcuongmusic.com to listen and learn more.