Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory
As part of the movement to reinvigorate classical music for the 21st century,
Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory seeks to combine the best rock music practices with
the best of the traditional concert hall by fostering composers, commissioning new music,
and presenting adventurous works in concert, often in unusual or non-traditional settings.
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 have experience in the collective, collaborative, creative culture of bands. In 1999, when composer-bandleaders Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski founded this 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, this independent classical movement barely existed.
Now it's thriving in cities around the world.