Biography

 

George Papajohn (b. 1998) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. His interests in the intersection between rhetoric and process and the temporal morphology of objects have inspired a variety of instrumental, vocal, and electroacoustic pieces. 

He began to study the clarinet at age eight 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 the electroacoustic improvisation ensemble, Extensive Nude. The septet, Nearside, written for his friend and frequent collaborator, Cameron Roberts, was premiered in 2018. 

George is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in composition at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University where he has studied with Jay Alan Yim, Hans Thomalla, and Alex Mincek.