Biography

George Papajohn (b.1998 Milwaukee) is a composer and instrumentalist residing in Milwaukee, WI and Evanston, IL. George is currently studying music composition in the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Having begun composing at a young age, he frequently writes for a variety of instrumentations as well as electronics.

In 2013, George Papajohn won Best Instrumental Ensemble and Division Winner in the Wisconsin School Music Association Student Composition Project for a composition for woodwind quintet. In 2015, he was invited to lecture the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s music theory classes on pitch and metric structure in his string quartet, “A Nebulous Embrace.” 2016 saw the premieres of three large works: “Estrangements” for Chamber Orchestra, Movement for Piano Quintet, and “Ephemeral Grace” for Clarinet Solo. In 2017, George co-founded the experimental/electroacoustic quartet Extensive Nude.

George graduated from Whitefish Bay High School and performed in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra where many of his works were performed. His primary composition teachers include Amanda Schoofs, Jay Alan Yim, and Hans Thomalla. He currently studies with Alex Mincek.