Brian Cook is a recent graduate of the The Hartt School, where he studied composition with Robert Carl, David Macbride, Steven Gryc, and Ken Steen. In the Fall of 2013 he will move on to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he will pursue an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts. Brian’s music has been premiered by prominent musicians such as flutist Eugenia Zukerman, and double bassist Robert Black of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. His work has received publicity from Composers Circle, NewMusicBox, and the Connecticut Historical Society Museum. Brian’s various projects have been featured at the 2012 Hartford New Music Festival, the 2013 National Student Electronic Music Event (N_SEME), the 2013 Private Works Festival, and the 2013 SEAMUS National Conference. In the fall of 2012, Brian was commissioned to create an interactive multimedia performance for the opening of the Shaw Center, University of Hartford campus. This performance highlighted his new electronic music interface that turns any surface into a flexible midi percussion instrument. Brian’s most recent work was an immersive dance performance, featuring eight dancers and a streamlined system for translating movement into sound. Future highlights include worldwide performances of Fukushima Fifty, and a new commission from the Hartford Independent Percussion Performance Organization. In addition to being a young and upcoming composer, Brian is also a talented computer programer, improviser, and teacher.