caleb burhans

composer performer


Caleb Burhans (b. 1980) is an established, multifaceted presence in the New York contemporary 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, Mr. Burhans has been commissioned by Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress and the Kronos Quartet, to name a few. In 2009 Caleb was awarded the prestigious Annenberg Fellowship.

You can hear Caleb’s music around the world at events like the Bang on a Can Marathon, Look and Listen Festival, Tribeca New Music Festival, Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Open Days Festival (Denmark) and the Aspen Music Festival. 

Burhans is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, itsnotyouitsme, Signal and the Wordless Music Orchestra and he is also a member of ACME, Newspeak and the disco band Escort.  Caleb has also worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Madison Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Princeton Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, the New York New Music Ensemble, Nexus, SO Percussion, Ethel, Flux, JACK, Wild Up!, Roomful of Teeth, St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Trinity Wall Street Choir, Arcade Fire, The Hold Steady, Grizzly Bear, Deep Purple, tUnE-yArDs, Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Jonsi (Sigur Ros), Paul McCartney, fun., The National, Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) and Björk.

Caleb has worked with and premiered numerous works by such composers as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams, La Monte Young, Lou Harrison, Meredith Monk, David Lang, John Zorn, George Crumb and Brian Ferneyhough.

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

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


© 2016 Caleb Burhans. Website photography by Timothy Saccenti. Contact: