Benjamin Sabey writes orchestral, chamber and live computer interactive music that has been described by Gramophone as revealing, “a brilliant technique and a keen ear for sound, timbre and arc.”
As a newly appointed professor of composition, theory and electronic music at San Francisco State University, he is busy writing for and collaborating with top Bay Area ensembles and performers such as Elevate Ensemble and pianist Nick Bacchetto. He brings the best contemporary musicians from around the bay and beyond to give lectures, concerts and master classes at SFSU. This year's guests were Lisa Bielawa, Carolyn Chen, Splinter Reeds, Loadbang and Wild Rumpus.
His music has been performed by many of the leading ensembles in new music, including the Arditti String Quartet, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the New York New Music Ensemble and the La Jolla Symphony directed by Steven Schick. Most recently, his music has been selected for the 2017 Ultrschall Festival in Berlin and the 2017 SoundOn Festival in San Diego.
A solo disc of Sabey's music was released by Albany Records in 2015 to critical acclaim. Recent awards include a Barlow Endowment Commission to write a new 15 minute work for the Neue Vocalsolisten and the Royaumont Prize of Domaine Forget, which consisted of an expenses paid residency at the Royaumont Abbey north of Paris.
Benjamin Sabey holds a PhD from the University of California, San Diego where he studied primarily with Roger Reynolds. He has also studied composition with Brian Ferneyhough (at Royaumont) Chaya Czernowin, Philippe Manoury and Michael Hicks, as well as computer music with Miller Puckette and psycho-acoustics with Richard Moore.