Erin Gee received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees
in piano and composition, respectively, from the University of Iowa, where she
studied with Réne Lecuona, Lawrence Fritts, and Jeremy Dale Roberts. In Austria
and Germany, she studied composition with Beat Furrer, Mathias Spahlinger,
Chaya Czernowin, Richard Barrett and Steve Takasugi. She completed her Ph.D. in
music theory from the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz in 2007.
Gee’s awards for composition include
Zürich Opera House’s Teatro Minimo First Round Prize, International Rostrum of
Composers Award, Samuel Barber Rome Prize, Impuls Award, Gianni Bergamo Prize,
SKE Prize, Austrian Government Grant for Composition, Pelzer Award, Publicity
Prize 2005, American Music Center’s CAP Award, Look & Listen Festival
Prize, Judith Lang Zaimont Prize, and the City of Graz’s 2008 Composition Prize.
Gee has worked with Radio Symphony
Orchestra Vienna, Vokalensemble Zürich, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music
Group with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, Latvian Radio Chamber Choir, Klangforum
Wien, Ensemble Recherche, Alter Ego, Ensemble Surplus, Duo Contour and others.
three of Gee’s original pieces premiered—SLEEP, Mouthpiece XIII: Mathilde of
Loci Part 1, and Mouthpiece
XII. Gee was a fellow at Radcliffe Institute
for Advanced Study at Harvard and is a 2009 Guggenheim fellow. In 2010, she will
be in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.