Kristopher Bendrick’s acoustic and electronic compositions explore a balance between the seriousness of academic processes and the levity of absurdism. Often working in extremes, he asks his performers to create complex sounds with flailing gestures while his electronic music works with shaping harsh noise aggregation, which, at times, grates against the comfort level of his audience.
Kristopher is a Kalamazoo based composer pursuing a Master's of Music Composition at Western Michigan University, with a Bachelor's of Music from Columbia College Chicago. In his time at Columbia, he studied with Kenn Kumpf, Eliza Brown, and Ilya Levinson and is currently studying with Christopher Biggs and Lisa Coons at Western Michigan University. He has worked with numerous performers and ensembles including the Dutch/American Trio Sonic Hedgehog, the Atar Piano Trio, members of Mocrep, members of Fonema Consort, and members of Ensemble Dal Niente. He is a winner of the MTNA National Composition Competition, the recipient of the Turner Award, and a Hokin Award nominee.