Scott Ordway

SCOTT ORDWAY (b. 1984, California) is an American composer and conductor. Since 2014, he has been a member of the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Ordway earned his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Hilda K. Nitzche and David Halstead Prizes in composition. He also holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Puget Sound. In Europe, he studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and Accademia Chigiana (Siena). Over the past decade, Ordway has designed and composed a series of large-scale works that explore a diverse array of themes, including natural landscape, protest and revolution, and the lives of cities. He has also created a significant catalogue of orchestral, vocal, and chamber music, including three symphonies and two concert settings of the mass. These projects have led to collaborations throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Asia, North Africa, and Latin America. In recent years, his work has been described as “exquisite” by The New York Times, "a marvel" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, and “an American response to Sibelius” by The Boston Globe, and presented by leading American and international festivals and institutions with recent projects in Berlin, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tunis, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Boston.