About

Conrad Asman (b. 1996) is a South African composer. His music has attracted international recognition as being “innovative” (Chorosynthesis) and “heart-rending” (The Esoterics); produced through his strong interest in harmonic and lyric sonorities, within textured and detailed environments.

Asman currently studies at the South African College of Music with Prof. Hendrik Hofmeyr, who has described him as “one of the most promising young composers I have encountered in my university career.” As the youngest undergraduate participant, Asman won the Cone of Composition in 2015 for his work Hysteria. In the same year, he also won joint first prize of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra Composition Competition, for his large orchestral piece Igniting Kites & Flying Fireworks. Other awards include The SACM Jan Royce Foundation Orchestral Composition Competition and the Nicholas Abbot Prize for Composition.

Asman’s 2016/17 season included his invitational attendance to the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Programme, with masterclasses with Alyssa Weinberg, Nick DiBerardino and David Ludwig. Other festivals include the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival and the Performing the Jewish Archive project. He made his Carnegie Hall début with the Cape Town Youth Choir with his work On a Night, which in 2016 won the Stefans Grové National choral composition competition. Asman was recognized as the 2017 laureate of the Polyphonos Young Composer award, which sparked the commission of My Eyes Are Always Hungry for the choral group The Estorics in Seattle.

Conrad possesses a fellowship in Music Composition from the Trinity College of Music, and is currently concluding his Bachelor’s of Music degree in Cape Town.