Bruce Christian Bennett is a native of Seattle currently residing in Pacifica, California (San Francisco). He is an active performer of improvised music, and as a composer, his works have been played throughout the United States and abroad by such groups as the Arditti String Quartet, the Avenue Winds, the Berkeley Symphony, CityWinds, the Del Sol String Quartet, Earplay, the Ensemble InterContemporain, the New Orleans New Music Ensemble, Sirius, and performers such as Tom Dambly, Jerry Kuderna, Alexandra Kocheva, Hugh Livingston, Gary Scavone, and Michael Zbyszynski; his electroacoustic music has been presented at curated events such as the Electric Rainbow Coalition Festival at Dartmouth, Natural Disasters exhibit in New Orleans, the Pulse Field exhibition in Atlanta, the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Sonic Circuits II, Cultural Labyrinth in San Francisco, EX-STATIC and Sonic Residues in Melbourne, Australia, and at ICMA, SEAMUS, and SCI conferences. He is the recipient of several honors, including a 2003 commission from the Fromm Foundation for from the ashes for septet, which was premiered by Earplay in San Francisco in 2005. He was awarded the Prix Maurice Ravel for his work for wind quintet composed at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau in 1993.
In addition to an active performing and composing career, he works full-time as a technical writer for Avid--formally known as Digidesign--(having authored significant portions of the Pro Tools Reference Guide) and teaches composition, electronic and computer music, orchestration, counterpoint, and 20th-Century music at San Francisco State University. In fall 2005 and spring 2006, he was a visiting scholar at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he lectured on contemporary composition techniques, electronic and computer music, and produced concerts of electroacoustic music. He was a visiting assistant professor of music at Tulane University from 2003 to 2005 where he taught courses in music theory, composition, and electronic and computer music. He received his Ph.D. in music composition from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999 where he studied composition with Richard Felciano and computer music with David Wessel. He received his M.M. in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1993, where he studied composition with Andrew Imbrie, David Conte, and Elinor Armer, and electronic music with Alden Jenks; he received his B.A. in music from Reed College in 1990 where he was a student of David Schiff.
He is on the board of directors for Earplay, a San Franciscobased new music ensemble, and served as president of the board in 20012002 and chair of the program committee in 20022003. He was the editor of the Society of Composers, Inc. Newsletter from 2001–2005 and is on the Editorlal Board for the SEAMUS Journal. He conducted research and composition at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) in the 90s and has worked in the music technology industry for companies, such as BIAS and Digidesign, since 1999. He was a founding member of both the Berkeley New Music Project (a Berkeley-based composers' coalition) and the CNMAT Users Group (a coalition of composers and engineers whose interests are in the interaction of music and technology).
His interests and activities include: compositions and improvisations for live, interactive, electroacoustic music; conducting; the free-atonal music of the Second Viennese School; the music of the post-World War II European avant-garde; contemporary American and European avant-garde; and the Frankfurt School, particularly Adorno's writings on aesthetics and mass culture.