Brian Simalchik (b. 1988, Danbury, CT) is a composer of a wide range of chamber, percussion and orchestral music that is emotionally direct and sonically rich.

His piece Seven Songs was a winner of the nief-norf Summer Festival 2016 International Call for Scores. His piece Overlooks was a winner of the Wild Shore New Music 2016 Call for Scores and was performed in Alaska, New York City and Washington, D.C. on a program celebrating the National Park Service's centennial. He has had premieres by Roomful of Teeth, Wild Shore New Music, the Berkshire Symphony, UVA Percussion Ensemble, Williams Percussion Ensemble, I/O Ensemble, Opus Zero Band, Foot in the Door, Performance 20/20, Matthew Gold, Andrea Violet Lodge, I-Jen Fang and Casey McLellan. His music has been presented by organizations such as the Talea Ensemble (at The Stone in NYC), nief-norf, Wild Shore New Music, Close Encounters with Music, the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, the I/O New Music Festival and Mass MoCA. He has been in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (with composer Judith Shatin) and at Mass MoCA.

He has degrees from The Hartt School (M.M.), where he studied composition with Robert Carl, and from Williams College (B.A.), where he was the recipient of the Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship in Music and studied with David Kechley and Ileana Perez-Velazquez. He currently lives in Charlottesville, VA, where he hosts A New Sound, a radio show on WTJU focusing on contemporary classical music.

Recent Projects

  • a new five-movement work for solo piano

  • a new work for small mixed ensemble

  • The Utterance and the Space, a work for vibraphone and piano written in memory of David Macbride