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Erik Ulman

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Erik Ulman

Lecturer (Composition/Theory)
Ph.D., Music Composition, University of California, San Diego, September 2000
M.A., Music Composition, UC San Diego, 1994
B.A. summa cum laude, Music and English and American Literature, UC San Diego, 1992


Erik Ulman studied composition at UCSD, working principally with Brian Ferneyhough, as well as with Helmut Lachenmann at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule on a DAAD grant. He has taught music at UCSD and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His music has been performed in concerts and festivals across the U.S., Europe, and Australia by such notable interpreters as Magnus Andersson, the Arditti Quartet, Séverine Ballon, Anthony Burr, Matteo Cesari and Lucy Shelton, the Cygnus Ensemble, Earplay, Ensemble Plus-Minus, John Mark Harris, Martha and Monica, Andrew McIntosh, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Nieuw Ensemble, Ian Pace, Stacey Pelinka, Elise Roy, the sfSoundGroup, and SONOR. In 2006, Ulman was awarded a commission from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard; he has also received support from Subito and Meet the Composer. He was a composer-in-residence at Musiques Démesurées in Clermont-Ferrand in June 2007; a resident artist at the Djerassi Program in Woodside in Summer 2008, receiving a Hewlett Honorary Fellowship, and again in Winter 2011; and a guest at Akademie Schloß Solitude in Stuttgart in May 2009. Ulman has published essays on music, film, and literature in various journals and books, recently co-editing with Mark Applebaum an issue of Contemporary Music Review on compositional pedagogy; he is also a violinist with the sfSoundGroup. Since 2004, Ulman and Marcia Scott have organized eleven Poto Festivals, a forum for artists in diverse media ( Ulman is the featured composer for wasteLAnd's 2016-17 season.