John King

Updated
30 Nov 2016

John King is a composer, guitarist, and violist. He has received commissions from diverse groups including the Kronos Quartet, Red {an orchestra}, Ethel, the Albany Symphony's Dogs of Desire ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Mannheim Ballet, the New York City Ballet's Diamond Project, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC). His string quartets have also been performed by the Eclipse Quartet (Los Angeles) and the Mondriaan Quartet (Amsterdam). His quartet, Crucible, has premiered many of his compositions at New York City venues the Stone and the Kitchen. King has written three operas: herzstück/heartpiece, based on the text of Heiner Müller and co-written with Krzysztof Knittel, premiered at the 1999 Warsaw Autumn Festival; la belle captive, based on texts by Alain Robbe-Grillet, premiered at Teatro Colon/CETC in Buenos Aires in 2003; and Dice Thrown, based on the Stéphane Mallarmé poem, was presented at CalArts in 2010. King also has three recent CD releases of music for string quartet: 10 Mysteries and AllSteel (Tzadik); and Ethel (Cantaloupe). He was music curator at the Kitchen from 1999–2003 and from 2002–11 was a co-director of the music committee at MCDC. He is also the recipient of the 2009 Alpert Award in the Arts for Music. He was a Center panelist for Pew Fellowships in 2013.