JAKE RUNESTAD (b 1986 )
Jake Runestad is a versatile and prolific young composer of works for orchestra, wind band, chorus, chamber ensembles, and opera. His visceral music and charismatic personality have fostered a busy schedule of national and international commissions, residencies, workshops, and speaking engagements, enabling him to be one of the youngest full-time composers in the world.
He earned a Master’s degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. The recipient of a 2017 McKnight Fellowship, Runestad has earned numerous awards for his music, including the prestigious Raymond W. Brock Commission from the American Choral Directors Association. He also won the 2016 Morton Gould Young Composer Award from The ASCAP Foundation for Dreams of the Fallen, a large-scale work for piano, orchestra, and chorus that was commissioned by a consortium of five American orchestras and featured texts written by the Iraq War veteran and award-winning poet Brian Turner.
In addition to composing socially conscious music that aims to initiate positive change, Runestad is frequently engaged as a composer-in-residence and guest conductor with ensembles and institutions across the globe.