Brian Penkrot

Brian Penkrot (b. 1978) is an American composer of concert music. He is also an active guitarist and conductor. Brian’s music has been performed at institutions and festivals in the US, Asia, and Europe. Recent performances include Solar Corona at the La Pietra Forum in Florence, Italy (2012), Shooting Snowburst Spectacular Silhouette and Souviens per la fausse at EMCC (2012), Interfacial Colloid at MGMC at the University of Wisconsin (2011), and Rites of the Little Hours at the SCI National Conference at the University of South Carolina (2010). Brian has attended numerous festivals including June in Buffalo, soundSCAPE, and NEON. Ensembles including the JACK Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, ECCE, and Nonsemble6 have performed his works. Brian is ABD at the University of Iowa. He is the president of the Society of Composers Inc. chapter and a Theory and Aural Skills instructor. He also teaches music theory in the certificate program at the Preucil School. Brian is the business manager for Melos Music, a composer’s collective in Rochester, NY. Brian has his Master’s from UNLV, where he has also served as part time faculty as a Composition, Theory, and Aural Skills instructor. He holds his Bachelor’s from Columbia College Chicago. Brian has studied with David Gompper, Lawrence Fritts, Virko Baley, Jorge Grossmann, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Gustavo Leone, Ilya Levinson, and Philip Seward, as well as having private lessons with Augusta Read Thomas, Georg Friedrich Haas, and Francesco Filidei. A full listing of news and audio samples can be found at