The music of Edward Knight — described as “suave and sinister” (Timothy Mangan, Los Angeles Times) and “inventive and melodic” (Wayne Lee Gay, Knight-Ridder) — has been performed on five continents by ensembles from the San Francisco Cabaret Opera to the New York Philharmonic to the Dutch-based American Voices, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the “Meet in Beijing” Festival to the Hollywood Bowl.
Critic Judith Carmen describes his work as “intriguing, heartfelt and beautifully crafted,” calling him “truly an ‘Ur-American’ composer. Knight is quite sensitive both to meaning and imagery…he captures exactly the right atmosphere.” His music eschews easy classification, moving freely between jazz, theatrical and concert worlds. Reviews cite his “fresh, original voice” with “an inventive sense of humor” (Bernard Holland, The New York Times), and his ability to create music that is “visceral in its excitement” (John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune).
Knight founded Project 21: Music for the 21st Century upon joining the faculty of Oklahoma City University in 1997. In the decades since, the consortium has premiered more than 1,200 Oklahoma-created works. He was named OCU’s Outstanding Faculty Member in 2013.
He is winner of an Aaron Copland Award; the American Art Song Competition; and ASCAP’s Rudolf Nissim Award for Best New Orchestral Work. He was the first American to win the Sir Arthur Bliss Memorial Award for outstanding postgraduate composer at London’s Royal College of Music, where he was a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Knight has been awarded fellowships to the Yaddo, MacDowell, Ucross, Brush Creek, and Djerassi colonies and been honored by the Bergen Festival’s Morton Gould Memorial and Vienna Modern Masters.
His music is featured on six commercial recordings, including a solo CD from Albany Records: Where The Sunsets Bleed: Chamber Music of Edward Knight, and featured in the just-released 12-piece American Wonders band series. His works are published exclusively by Subito Music, Inc.