Biography

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Kyle Tieman-Strauss (b. 1994) is a composer of music for stages and headphones. His music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles such as ETHEL; Bearthoven; JACK Quartet; Manhattan Saxophone Quartet; Cadillac Moon Ensemble; Palladium Percussion; and the NYU Symphony Orchestra, where he held residencies in 2013-2014 and 2016-2017. His first chamber opera, These Walls, written in collaboration with librettist Matthias Hope Naroff and soprano Emilia Donato, investigates the interior life of the midcentury American serial killer Rhonda Belle Martin. It was premiered in May 2017 in New York.

An avid cheerleader for contemporary music, Kyle is the co-founder of Echo Chamber, a New York-based ensemble exclusively focused on music written for its unique instrumentation. Partnering with multimedia artists as well as composers, the group presents and champions new work by some of the leading voices of our time.

Current projects include a new voice and ensemble piece for Sasha Zamler-Carhart, exploring texts of Muriel Rukeyser, Jack Spicer, and Cavafy; Creases, a harp and playback piece written for regular collaborator Hope Wilk; and the PSALMS project with composer-vocalist Derek Piotr.

In addition to writing, Kyle is a music editor at Boosey & Hawkes. He studied at New York University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees working primarily with Michael Gordon and Robert Honstein. He was a 2016 composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute. He lives in Manhattan.

Outside of music, Kyle can be found preoccupied with mid-century architecture and design, and wabi-sabi.

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