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Gardner began his composition studies at Oberlin Conservatory with
Randolph Coleman and Pauline Oliveros in 1996. He later studied at
the Norwegian State Academy of Music with Henrik Hellstenius and Olav
Anton Thommessen (2003-2005). In 2006 he received a scholarship from
RWE DE to study privately with Fabien Levy in Berlin.
year, he earned a Masters in Composition with Matthias Pintscher at
the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.His piece for
orchestra, "Lights Out" (2006), was selected as a finalist
for Gaudeamus prize in the 2006 Gaudeamus Music Week. The same year,
Aurora records released a CD of orchestral music featuring the music
of Evan Gardner and other young composers performed by the Norwegian
Radio Orchestra.Active also in collaborative artistic
projects, he composed the original music for the Norwegian short film
"Sniffer," winner of the 2006 Palme d'Or for Best Short
Film at the Cannes Film Festival.
In the spring of 2008 he was asked
to write a new piece for the Ensemble Intercontemporain as a winner
of the Tremplin Reading Panel. In 2009, he became a stipendary of the
Deutsche Bank Stiftung's Music Theater academy, Akademie Musiktheater
heute. For the 2010 International Summer Course for New
Music in Darmstadt, he was awarded a Staubach Honoraria and asked to
write a new piece for the JACK Quartet.
2012, Evan was one of three winners of the Deutsche Oper Berlin's
composition prize, "Neue Szenen." His opera, "Die
Unterhändlerin," was premiered on April 8th, 2013 at the
Deutsche Oper Berlin.
then lived and worked at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (2012–13)
and served a residence at the international artists’ retreat Villa
Concordia in Bamberg (2015).
2014 he and stage director Michael Höppner founded Opera Lab Berlin,
a collective for experimental music theatre that can already boast of
several successful productions.
music has been performed by Klangforum Wien, Ensemble
Intercontemporain, The Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie, the
Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Ensemble Ernst, The Norwegian Wind
Ensemble, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, The Bergen Philharmonic
Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Contrechamps,
Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Ensemble Mosaik, Zafraan Ensemble,
Boulanger Trio, the Hamburger Symphoniker and Opera Lab Berlin.
currently resides between Bergen, Norway and Berlin, Germany.