Edmund Campion
edmund campion
Photo credit: Philippe Gontier

May 2014: upcoming

June 2012: The premiere of The Last Internal Combustion Engine, a 20-minute concerto grosso for orchestra, string quartet and electronics, written for the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Kronos Quartet, will take place this October as part of the inaugural season of the Green Music Center in Sonoma. Edmund Campion is Composer in Residence with the SRS for 2012-13.

May 2012: Edmund Campion awarded the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters to a composer of exceptional gift.

April 2012: Premiere of Small Wonder (The Butterfly Effect), commissioned by the Serge Kousevitzky Music Foundation and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players with Steve Schick, conductor

"Campion's piece, Small Wonder (The Butterfly Effect),"brought the evening to a dynamic close. It's a zippy, compelling work with an intriguingly symmetrical scoring..."

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

"The final piece on the concert, and brilliant througout, was an SFCMP-commissioned premiere by Edmund Campion... He combines visual components on stage with resonant and haunting music, the archaic with the avant-garde, the beautiful with the horrifying, and all done in an incredibly compelling manner."

Matthew Cmiel, San Francisco Classical Voice


Edmund Campion’s music explores relationships between sound and space—creations that often involve the careful mixing of acoustic instruments with emerging computer technologies. Born in Dallas, Texas in 1957, he studied composition at the University of Texas and Columbia University and he spent several years in France studying with composer Gérard Grisey. In 1993 he was selected to work at IRCAM where he composed the piece Losing Touch, a mainstay in the repertoire for percussion and electronics. He has been commissioned by major American and French cultural institutions including, IRCAM, Radio France, the French Ministry of Culture, the Fromm Foundation, and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation. His works are heard in concert halls worldwide and a monograph CD by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players is available on Albany records. Les Percussion des Strasbourg sextet will release a recording of Wavelike and Diverse on their upcoming CD.