Drawing on the collaborative spirit of rock bands and the composer-led nature of classical music, Golden Hornet commissions new music, fosters young and emerging composers, and presents adventurous works in non-traditional settings.
Our Current Programs Include
String Quartet Smackdown IV
String Quartet Smackdown is a bracketed, NCAA March Madness style competition which brings original string quartet compositions head-to-head in front of a live, participatory audience.
Over 170 composers worldwide submitted new music for a chance at the champion's prize at our fourth annual Smackdown, taking place on February 10, 2018. Local quartet Invoke will perform. Get tickets now!
Guidelines for Submissions
to prepare for our next rendition.
Young Composer Concert 2018
Our Young Composer Concert invites Austin- area youth ages 12-18 to create original pieces of music for a live concert under the guidance of seasoned mentors. A professional ensemble performs their pieces, and the event is produced by the collective team of students.
Guidelines for Participation
for interested young composers.
The Sound of Science
The Sound of Science will be a concert and album presenting eight pieces of music written by seven celebrated composers for amplified cello and electronics, to be performed by world-renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet. Premiering in New York City, Austin, and Mexico City beginning in Fall of 2018, the works will celebrate the life and work of eight influential scientists, from botanists and physicists to climatologists and mathematicians.
Find out more about each piece and the composer & scientist pairs here.