caleb burhans

composer / performer



Caleb Burhans (b. 1980) is a multifaceted presence in the New York music scene who is active as both a performer (strings, voice) and composer. Hailed by the New York Times as, “animated and versatile,” and, “New York’s mohawked Mozart” by Time Out New York, Caleb has been commissioned by Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress and the Kronos Quartet, to name a few. 

Caleb’s debut album, Evensong was named one of NPR’s top 50 albums of 2013. 

Caleb’s works have been performed by ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, Roomful of Teeth, eighth blackbird, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. As one half of the duo itsnotyouitsme (along with Grey Mcmurray), he has also scored the documentary films A Woman Like That and The Pearl as well as releasing four studio albums.

In addition to his work on television (SNL, Colbert, Letterman) and Broadway (Hamilton, Spring Awakening), Caleb is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal and the Wordless Music Orchestra. He is also a member of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Newspeak and is the violinist/violist for Mean Girls on Broadway.  

Caleb has worked with artists ranging from Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, The National, Arcade Fire, and Blonde Redhead to Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Steve Reich, La Monte Young, Meredith Monk, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, John Zorn, George Crumb and Caroline Shaw.

As a conductor, Caleb has worked with the London Sinfonietta and the Wordless Music Orchestra and has done choral preparation for John Adams, Brad Lubman and David Robertson.

In 2015 he contracted the orchestra for 8 performances with Björk at Carnegie Hall and Kings Theatre, culminating in the recording of Vulincura Live.

Caleb attended the Eastman School of Music where he holds degrees in composition and viola performance.  He resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Martha Cluver, and their daughter.

His second album, Past Lives will be available on Cantaloupe Music, March 8, 2019. 

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