"The ambition and invention of instigators Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopchinski range from symphonies, soundtracks, to improvised superrock. Their recordings are a catalog of their adventures crossbreeding classical futurism and punk espirit."
- Rolling Stone
Golden Hornet Project, Inc. (now known as Golden Hornet) is an Austin, Texas based 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1999 by composer-bandleaders Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopchinski. Golden Hornet has premiered over 70 works by more than 60 composers rooted in wildly different musical backgrounds, with a special focus on composers who also play in bands. In 1999 this independent classical movement barely existed. Now it's thriving in cities around the world.
As part of the movement to reinvigorate new classical music for the 21st century, Golden Hornet seeks to combine the best rock music practices with the best of the traditional concert hall through fostering composers, commissioning new music and presenting works in concert.