Simon Hutchinson is a composer and new-media artist who synthesizes disparate ideas: traditional European art music and creative electronics; acoustic musical instruments and digital video games; East Asian Folk Traditions with American jazz, rock and funk. Through these combinations, novel musical works emerge, engaging with the relationships between technology, society, and the human experience.
Hutchinson’s works have been performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, including at music festivals and conferences such as the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Conference, the International Clarinet Association’s (ICA) ClarinetFest, and the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conference; as well as new media conferences such as the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference, the Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS), the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music US (SEAMUS) Conference, and Miso Music Portugal.
In 2008, Hutchinson received the “1st Young Composers’ Competition of CMEK” (Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea) award, and, since then, his work in cross-cultural composition has also been recognized by the Yamaguchi Opportunity Fund, the Sasakawa Young Leader’s Fellowship Fund (SYLFF), the Ruth Close Musical Fellowship, and a Porter Associate Fellows Arts Research Grant.
Hutchinson holds a PhD in Composition with supporting coursework in Intermedia Music Technology from the University of Oregon, where he was named the Outstanding Graduate Scholar in Music. Notable composition teachers include Jeffrey Stolet, Robert Kyr, David Crumb, Hi Kyung Kim, David Cope, and Peter Elsea. Additionally, Hutchinson spent several years in Japan studying shamisen (three-stringed lute) and Japanese Folk Music with virtuoso Sato Chouei and shakuhachi (vertical bamboo flute) with Master Sato Chikuen.
As an educator, Hutchinson teaches classes on a broad range of musical topics, including interactive media, composition, music technology, world music, and music theory. He has taught at the University of Oregon, University of Montana, Gordon College, and he is currently Assistant Professor of Music Technology at the University of New Haven.