Biography

George Papajohn (b. 1998) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. His work often explores the lived experience of music through latent tensions of identity held within the material, historical, and phenomenological aspects of sound.

At age eight, George began to study the clarinet and started composing soon after. However, it was a 2013 performance of Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia that cemented his interest in pursuing new music. He performed in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra where many of his works were performed. 2016 saw the premieres of Estrangements for chamber orchestra and the clarinet solo, Ephemeral Grace. In 2017, George cofounded an electroacoustic improvisation ensemble. The septet, Nearside, written for his friend and frequent collaborator, Cameron Roberts, was premiered in 2018. Recent projects include collaborations with the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble and Ensemble Dal Niente. 

George completed his B.M. in music composition at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University where he studied with Jay Alan Yim, Hans Thomalla, and Alex Mincek.