Biography

KERWIN YOUNG (b.1970) is a prolific American composer whose works acknowledge and celebrate indigenous and/or forgotten cultures, legendary heroes, and social commentary; fused with non-western harmonic traditions. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member of Public Enemy's infamous production team, the Bomb Squad, Kerwin has composed seven symphonies, ballets suites, orchestral fantasies, concerti, chamber works, and an opera.

Kerwin holds Bachelor of Music (’12) and Master of Music degrees in music composition (’15) from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Bobby Watson.

Awards and Accolades: 2019 recipient of the ACO-EarShot residency with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 2017 U.S. Cultural Ambassador for Hip-Hop (Egypt). 2016 Sphinx Organization Mpower Artist Grant with Tami Hughes. 2014-2015 composer residency with the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction (Public Enemy).

Describe your music

High Art. Diverse. Epic. Beautiful. Singable. Unforgettable.

Interested in collaborating with

Symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ballet companies, Chinese ensembles, string and wind quartets, filmmakers, playwrights, scientists