Carl Schimmel is Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Illinois State University.
Praised by The New York Times as “vivid and dramatic,” the music of Carl Schimmel is dense with literary and musical references, often humorous, and combines intensity of expression with a structural rigor which draws upon his mathematics background. Winner of the Bearns Prize and the Lee Ettelson Award, Schimmel has received honors and awards from many organizations, including MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Copland House, New Music USA, and ASCAP. His works have been performed throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, by ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Da Capo Chamber Players, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and many others.
In 2015, Schimmel's "Two Variations on Ascent into the Empyrean," was one of seven new pieces selected for the American Composers Orchestra's 24th Annual Underwood New Music Readings. The winning compositions were chosen from a pool of over 200 applicants and were presented on May 6 and 7, 2015 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York.