Nolan Gasser

Nolan Gasser is a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist, as well as the architect of Music Genome Project—the technology behind Pandora Radio. His original works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, La Salle Pleyel (Paris), and the Rose Bowl (Pasadena), among many others. In addition to composing The Secret Garden, upcoming projects include an orchestral work commissioned by the Santa Rosa Symphony; a new musical, Benny and Joon, in partnership with MGM On Stage; and a forthcoming book on musical taste and the interrelation of music and science. Recent compositions include Cosmic Reflection: A Narrated Symphony, the second commission associated with NASA’s Fermi mission (depicting the entire history of the Universe), received its premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; World Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, which received its premiere in Oakland and San Francisco; American Festivals, a four-movement symphonic oratorio, was performed at the Festival del Sole in Napa Valley; and GLAST Prelude, written for the 2008 launch of NASA’s Fermi Space Telescope and recorded by the American Brass Quintet. Cosmic Reflection was recently recorded by the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop; the music is accompanied by a high-resolution video for release in theaters and planetariums. Outside of composition, Gasser is the artistic director of Classical Archives, the largest classical music website on the Internet. He received his Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University, where he has been an adjunct professor in Medieval and Renaissance music history. As a pianist, Gasser performs and records as a soloist and with the San Francisco Jazz Quartet.