MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017
Praised by The New York Times as a composer of "ear-grabbing invention," Fernando Benadon has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Tanglewood's Fromm Foundation Award, Copland House's Aaron Copland Award, the League of Composers/IscM composition prize, MSAC's Individual Artist Award, and UC- Berkeley's Ladd Prize (which funds a two-year residence in Paris). Ensembles that have performed his music include Talea, New York New Music Ensemble, Les Jeunes Solistes, Empyrean, and Continuum. He has released two albums of original music: Intuitivo (innova, 2009) and delight/delirium (New Focus, 2017).
As a scholar, he is interested in rhythm, cognition, and improvisation. He publishes actively in leading journals and serves on the editorial board of Music Theory Spectrum, the field's flagship journal. His digital project Map of Jazz Musicians (www.mapofjazz.com) was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He holds a B.M. in commerical arranging from the Berklee College of Music and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at Berkeley. A native of Buenos Aires, he is currently associate professor of music at American University in Washington DC.