Meet The Performers


Riccardo Muti handpicked talented young composers Mason Bates and Anna Clyne for their relevant and impactful work, interest in engaging the Chicago community, and commitment to extending their craft to be inclusive of other art forms. Muti says they “are artists who write from the heart, who defy categorization and who reach across all barriers and boundaries.”

Self-described as “symphonic composer by day, DJ by night,” Mason Bates has established a reputation in both the classical music community and on the electronic scene. Anna Clyne is a composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Her collaborative projects with cutting-edge choreographers, filmmakers, visual artists and musicians have been performed worldwide, including recent commissions from Carnegie Hall and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Read more below.

Mead Composer-in-Residence
Mead Composer-in-Residence