Winner of a Special Citation for the American Prize in Orchestral Composition

Oliver Caplan, Composer

With memorable melodies and colorful interplay, composer Oliver Caplan’s music expresses a deeply felt romanticism. His compositions capture the ephemeral: in his music, the geographies of people, places, and ideas intertwine to become tales of transformation. Balancing striking beauty and haunting fragility, Mr. Caplan’s portfolio includes works for a diverse range of instrumentations, from chamber ensembles to full orchestra and chorus.

Mr. Caplan’s music has been presented in over 120 public performances, including the Nebraska Chamber Players, North/South Consonance, Trio Veritas and Schola Cantorum of Boston. He has been commissioned by the Atlanta Chamber Players, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Bella Piano Trio, Columbia University Wind Ensemble, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Juventas and El Sistema Somerville, among others. Accolades include a Special Citation for the American Prize in Orchestral Composition, Veridian Symphony Competition Wins, the Fifth House Ensemble Young Composer Competition Grand Prize, seven ASCAP Awards, and fellowships at VCCA and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. Recordings of Mr. Caplan’s music include his 2012 debut album Illuminations, 2015 EP Moon Over Appalachia, and a track on the Sinfonietta of Riverdale’s 2016 album New World Serenade (Albany Records).

Mr. Caplan (b. 1982) resides in Medford, Massachusetts. He was raised in the Bronx, New York, studied Music and Geography at Dartmouth College (B.A. 2004) and Composition at the Boston Conservatory (M.M. 2006). An avid hiker, Mr. Caplan finds inspiration through time outdoors.


  • 2016
  • New Hampshire Master Chorale
  • Consortium Commission: Atlanta Chamber Players, Dartmouth College, Hope College, Indiana Wind Symphony, Limestone College, Rowan University, Some Assembly Required, Sun Valley Chamber Winds, University of Central Missouri, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Northern Colorado, West Chester University
  • 2015
  • Brookline Symphony Orchestra
  • Juventas New Music Ensemble
  • Anne Howarth
  • 2014
  • Bella Piano Trio
  • Bronx Arts Ensemble
  • El Sistema Somerville
  • 2013
  • Firebrand Concert Series
  • 2012
  • Sinfonietta of Riverdale
  • Handel Society of Dartmouth College
  • Juventas New Music Ensemble
  • 2011
  • Chinese Symphonic Masterpieces at Harvard & Bronx Arts Ensemble (co-commission)
  • Schola Cantorum of Boston & Juventas New Music Ensemble (co-commission)
  • 2010
  • Chagall Performance Art Collaborative
  • Juventas New Music Ensemble
  • 2007
  • Columbia University Wind Ensemble
  • 2006
  • Bronx Arts Ensemble
  • 2005
  • 11:11 Theater Company

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