Graduate Students

Brian Lindgren

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)



Brian Lindgren is a violist and composer based in Charlottesville, VA. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia. He holds a BA from the Eastman School of Music where he studied viola performance with John Graham and computer music with Alan Schindler. He recently finished a MFA in Sonic Arts from Brooklyn College where he studied composition with Morton Subotnick and Jules Gimbrone as well as electronic music instrument building with Doug Geers.

As a composer, his work has been featured in the 2010 International Computer Music Conference ("Crimson"), the Vox Novus 2009 60x60 and 2010 Magenta Mix compilations ("Crimson" and "True Beyond Any Doubt"), and the 2021 Earth Day Art Model Festival and New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival ("Etudes and Vignettes for Electronic Viola"). He has been commissioned by Anton Kandinsky ("The Grenade Room"), Brian Reed ("Red Mist", "Lotus Water Lobster Heaven", "A Matter of Heart", and "From China to the Universe"), the Plattsburgh State Sinfonia (“Winter turns to ...”), and Nelson George ("Migration(s)").

His commercial productions include music for Estée Lauder, Amtrak, NHK/Mosomos, KPMG, Nestle, Fresh Direct, Soka Gakkai, and others.

As a violist, he has performed with Alarm Will Sound, Wordless Music, The Triple Helix Piano Trio, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He has recorded for Tyondai Braxton (Warp Records), RA The Rugged Man (Nature Sounds), David Liptak (Bridge Records) and Joe Phillips (New Amsterdam Records).

In addition he is in the process of designing and building an electronic viola, for which he won the 2019 David Wessel Prize in Electronic Music Instrument Building at Brooklyn College.

To learn more about Brian Lindgren, please visit his website at or follow his Instagram at @BKLindgren


UVA Department of Music
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P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176